Nevada Circuit Rider Roster

The Nevada Circuit Riders consultants have expertise in the following areas:

The more integrated the arts become in the life of a community, the more important advocacy becomes to the work of arts organizations. Many public finance and public policy issues such as arts funding, education, freedom of expression, zoning, community revitalization, and nonprofit laws affect artists and arts organizations. The legislative system relies on decision makers becoming informed on issues with facts and specific information.

Audience development goes beyond increasing attendance. It occurs when new groups of people are attracted to a program or organization and develop an interest, connection with and/or commitment to the arts discipline. Learning how to broaden, deepen or diversify your audience involves identifying clear target groups and basing your tactics on good information about those groups. It requires an organization to establish a process for continuous assessment and feedback throughout, and at the conclusion of your audience building project.

Service on a Board is not an innate skill; board members must learn what they are expected to do and how to do it. It is impossible to prescribe generic board development solutions that will work for each board at each stage of its development.

 To raise funds you need time, money, power, and passion from your Board and other volunteer or staff leadership. Before you can establish how much money your organization is going to raise, you have to determine not only how much you need but also how much your arts organization is capable of raising. To determine your fundraising capability, begin by evaluating your organization’s internal resources and its access to outside funding sources.

 There are a number of important steps to writing successful grants. Before your organization even begins writing you need to do research in order to identify appropriate funding sources. Potential funders all have different requirements and standards for awarding grants. You need to assure your organization’s activities are a good match with the potential funders. You must also be prepared to follow all of the technical specifications a specific funder requires in its applications.

Marketing is communication. It is a means of telling the public who your organization is, what you do, and how they can be involved. Many people equate marketing with selling a product. While the promotion of specific programs and services is the most visible aspect of an organization’s marketing efforts, marketing is more than selling. It includes a full range of communication activities.

Building a strong organization involves more than hiring a staff person; more than obtaining grants and raising money; even more than having a great Board of Directors. A strong organization is built on mission, vision, and values. A strong organization constantly evaluates the impact its proposed activities will have for their constituents and its capacity to achieve its stated goals.

Every program or service you choose to offer should reflect why your organization exists and whom you serve. Each organization needs a structure for conceiving, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs which will successfully meet the needs of artists and the community, and that advance the arts and culture themselves.

Careful planning is a process whereby your organization articulates what it may accomplish in the future, what needs it hopes to meet, and how it plans to do so. Planning helps an organization to identify who it should serve with what programs.

People constitute a key resource for arts organizations. In a field where economic pressures make the flexible use of people and skills a must, volunteers can provide essential services at all levels from staff to board members to hourly assistance. To recruit increasingly selective volunteers, staff or board members, organizations must “sell” themselves. It is essential to plan ahead for the “what” you want and are “able” to offer. This means developing a serious, well-planned volunteer program and knowing non-profit organizational responsibilities.


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Kris Darnall
Areas of Expertise: Board Development, Strategic Planning and Volunteers
2774 Sorrel St., Las Vegas, NV 89146
Connect with Kris: 702.373.9569

Dee Frewert
Areas of Expertise: Organizational Development, Program / Services Development and Strategic Planning
Gryphon Associates, LLC. P.O. Box 3888, Carson City, NV 89702
Connect with Dee: 775.450.2615

Alison Gaulden
Areas of Expertise: Board development, marketing/public relations strategies, media relations/publicity, social media, fundraising, and strategic planning.
Chief Motivator, My PR Coach 316 California Ave, Suite 208, Reno 89509
Connect with Alison: 775.233.3298 twitter fb image linkedin icon 225x225 interenet icon 78x77

Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan
Areas of Expertise: Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Program / Services Development
3008 Mason AvenueLas Vegas, NV 89102
Connect with Suzanne: 702.870.9946

Kendall Hardin
Areas of Expertise: Fundraising, Marketing and Promotions and Strategic Planning
2676 Grassy Spring Place, Las Vegas NV 89135
Connect with Kendall: 702.358.1535

Linda Nazemian
Areas of Expertise: Volunteers, Program / Services Development and Organizational Development
13405 Rose Meadow Court, Reno, NV 89511-5920
Connect with Linda: 775.846.0704

Yllona Richardson
Areas of Expertise: Technology Utilization
1621 West 25th Street, PMB 205, San Pedro, CA 90732
Connect with Yllona: 310.833.3897

John M. Shelton
Areas of Expertise: Organizational Development, Program / Services Development and Audience Development / Building Participation in the Arts
Impresario Management Services, PO Box 34225, Reno, NV 89533-4225
Connect with John: 775.750.4655 interenet icon 78x77