Board Member – Fundraising
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

2727 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
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Board Member – Fundraising

Our boardManifest's expanding board of 10-13 people is comprised of primarily non-artist business professionals from the greater Cincinnati region. The culture of Manifest's board is clearly defined as separate from programming and staff-based vision and work, serving primarily as an oversight, long-term planning, advisory, and promotional body working in excellent concert with the organization's small staff.
PositionWith the long term sustainability of Manifest as a key board focus the Finance Committee is charged with Fundraising (and Friendraising) efforts to support a future home, talent retention, and operational stability. Board candidates with strong experience and skills in fundraising are needed to bolster Manifest's drive into its third decade as a Cincinnati institution. Support of Manifest's Annual Fund efforts (primarily through generation of individual donations), and other means of financial development (corporate, foundation support, etc.) is key fo this position. Strategic input at the committee level is also critical.
Desired skills
Coaching, Grants, Research, Fundraising*
WhenTypically on the third Thursday of every month from noon to 1:30pm. Committees meet as needed.
WhereTypically at the Manifest Drawing Center in Walnut Hills. Remotely via Zoom of late.
Commitment5 to 7 hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsBoard members are expected to attend monthly meetings, serve on committees for special initiatives or routine efforts, attend organization's events, promote exposure of the organization's programs and mission, support fundraising, and be contributing supporters of the Manifest Annual Fund.
On-boardingNew candidates for Manifest's board typically meet with Executive Director, Board President, and shadow at least one meeting before being appointed to the board. Members serve three year renewable terms once appointed.
Additional InfoManifest is seeking to solidify and expand its board with enthusiastic and committed individuals representing a caring perspective about the higher level role of Visual Arts in society. With the imminent expiration of the organization's long-term original home and headquarters lease on Woodburn Avenue, and an uncertain horizon for the Drawing Center facility lease in Walnut Hills, Manifest is experiencing a convergence of its maturation as a Cincinnati institution with a growing and urgent need to plan the phased transition into a permanent home in the next three years. (All leases will expire in that timeframe.) The Manifest board has the need for both gumption-oriented individuals who 'get' the unique ethos of the organization, as well as a need for unique and hard-to-identify talents, interests, and qualifications. It is the nature of the organization to be crafted like a great work of art, from scratch, by hand, and with no preexisting recipe or formula. This is part of what has set Manifest apart and earned it a notable national reputation. It follows that a good board match will fit with that entrepreneurial spirit, combining common sense and reason with creativity and vision. Therefore the Board Position's areas of experience listed here should not be seen as absolute. Often the most exceptional candidates represent a hybrid of skills and interests.
Our missionManifest’s mission is to stand for quality in the visual arts, as well as the importance of creative research, meaningful and accessible art-based experiences for the public, deep learning outside academia, and the rigorous documentation of exceptional art for posterity.
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