Strengthening Abilities

Jennifer Gardiner

Development and Outreach Associate Jennifer Gardiner discusses her plan for her newest grant acquisition.

.I have just received the Creative Capacity Fund’s NextGen Arts Professional Development Program grant. I’ll be using it for professional development courses that I will be taking at OneOC. Some of my duties as Development and Outreach Associate include assisting with grant research and writing, and volunteer coordination and recruitment for all museum events. I look forward to starting classes this month on grant writing, federal grants, and the volunteer management certificate.
The Volunteer Management Certificate will assist me in professionalizing Laguna Art Museum’s volunteer program. The museum’s volunteer program has been under-resourced in the last several years, but our new executive director supports the development of a strong, capable, and excellent volunteer corps. This certificate program will provide the tools to assist me in establishing a robust recruitment effort; appropriate volunteer placements; effective training, orientation, and supervision; and thoughtful volunteer acknowledgement and evaluation. Through these efforts the museum will better serve its visitors, the community, and its volunteers.
The 3-Day Grantwriting course and Federal Grant course combined will enhance my knowledge of grants, including locating grants, determining “fit,” responding to grant guidelines and letters of interest, and developing grant calendars and outcome evaluations. Knowledge gained from the grant courses will strengthen my ability to assist the Deputy Director of the Laguna Art Museum, Ed Fosmire, in his fundraising efforts. It will result in more efficient and targeted grants research; an ability to better determine appropriateness of opportunities for museum and funder priorities; improved grant proposals; and establishing and maintaining relationships with funders.

.Congratulations, Jennifer! The museum looks forward to seeing the grant’s programs come to fruition.