Money for the arts has got to come from somewhere
August 13, 2006
If you want to know the major reasons that nonprofit directors burn out, you can consider troublesome boards, overwhelming workloads and impossible goals.
Right up there has got to be raising money, a treadmill that can be exhausting and uncomfortably diverting for people who would like to focus on the big picture, not just keeping the doors open.
So don't be surprised at the increasing din of benefits and fundraisers, which certainly help fill the rental spaces at places such as the Salem Conference Center, Mission Mill Museum and the Chemeketa Eola Northwest Viticulture Center.
Undoubtedly there are others, such as caterers, rental businesses and musicians who benefit from this kind of traffic, although most benefits couldn't succeed without the contributions of businesses, artists, restaurants and musicians who donate money, work or time, partly out of a sense of community and partly out a sense that such positive exposure can help."