These forums combined educational experiences with peer networking during an informative 45-60 minute workshop or roundtable at a low cost for attendees. They also captured ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how ACSO can better serve the membership, through a consultant-led discussion by Terry Knowles as part of a strategic planning process, which helped shape the future direction of the association. 


November 3, 2017 - San Luis Obispo

11:00AM-1:00PM (11:00AM refreshments and networking: 11:30AM – session begins)

Performing Arts Center, Founders Room - 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo
Join your colleagues in the region for a facilitated roundtable discussion about why classical music is important to the Central Valley/Central Coast. Also, engage in discussion with
Mitch Menchaca, ACSO executive director, about the value proposition of orchestras and classical music organizations and the changing behaviors of 21st-century audiences.

November 8, 2017 - Pasadena

6:00PM-8:00PM (6:00PM reception and networking: 6:30PM – session begins)

Jones Coffee Roasters - 693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena
Join a panel of development professionals led by
Lacey Huszcza, senior director of advancement and strategic engagement at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as they discuss the various elements of fundraising from individual giving, foundations, corporations, and government funders. Learn more about what factors can influence funding decisions and use this information to craft more successful “asks.”

November 16, 2017 - Irvine

1:00PM-3:00PM (1:00PM light lunch and networking: 1:30PM – session begins)
Pacific Symphony - 17620 Fitch Avenue, Irvine
Does your board focus only on expenses when you need them to help with fundraising? Do you long for one “quick fix” that could help you engage and enroll your board and staff, so that you’re all working together towards a common goal? While there’s no magic pill,
Kathryn R. Martin, leadership transition strategist and nonprofit interim CEO, will walk us through her One-Page Activation Budget. This planning process helps leaders set intention for their budget strategy, and increases board and staff engagement, as well as revenue, for performing arts organizations. Bring your challenges and frustrations, and a copy of the financial document your organization uses at board meetings, and we’ll provide new ideas that are sure to generate some solutions.

November 17, 2017 - Walnut Creek

12:00PM-2:30PM (12:00PM light lunch and networking: 12:30PM – session begins)

Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room - 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek (parking available; accessible by BART, 10-15 minute walk from the station)
Orchestras of all budget sizes have been resp
onding to the California Symphony’s “Long Haul” audience development model, which has dramatically grown their audience and donor base over the last three years, counter to the trends for orchestras across the country. Executive Director Aubrey Bergauer will share the details of operational implementation of the model, how the model scales to bigger budget sizes, and how you can apply this work to serve your organization.

November 20, 2017 - Online
2:00-3:00PM PT
Join us for this free 60-minute interactive webinar as Terry Knowles and Mitch Menchaca capture your ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how ACSO can better serve you as part of ACSO's strategic planning process.

About our Consultant:

Terry Knowles is senior counsel at Phillips and Associates and provides to the firm’s clients extensive fundraising and non-profit management experience, having served most recently as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Before taking over executive management of the Master Chorale, Terry was with the firm providing fundraising and management counsel to a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Seminary and College, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Coro Southern California, American Jazz Philharmonic, and the Pasadena Symphony. She had served previously as Executive Director of Development at KUSC Radio, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Giving for Los Angeles Opera, and Director of Individual Giving at the Minneapolis United Way.

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