Tripled the Board size, adding business leaders and patrons including: Jeff Smith, founder and CEO of Onramp Technologies,
subsequently merged with Verio Technologies; Tim Clott, CEO of Lyrick
Studios (producer of the “Wishbone” t.v. program); Claire
Collins, a lawyer with a large Dallas firm, who helped produce VAD’s
first “Board Book” and helped with fund raising; Will
Duff, founder of Audience Research and Development, who compiled
and analyzed VAD’s first market research; Diana Block, Director
of the North Texas State University art gallery; Steve Alford, founder
and CEO of Alford Media, who provided equipment and personnel and
became a subsequent Chair; Shelley Barsotti, co-founder and -owner
of The Food Company, one of the best caterers in Dallas;
Spence Michelin, an advertising pro, founder and CEO of Lulirama
International and To Serve Man, Inc.; Sara Hatfield, former director
of fund raising for the Dallas Women’s Foundation and subsequent
corporate communications director for Centex Corporation; Ellen
Kampinski, publications consultant, who became a subsequent Chair;
Patrick McCavitt, VAD’s first 500, Inc. liaison (500, Inc.
is a charitable organization for the arts); Marlene Meyerson, art patron and philanthropist.
Also created an Advisory Board and added several members.
Analyzed and prepared memorandum regarding cost and staffing
requirements and recommended fees to enable VAD to offer membership for the first time. Drafted text for
Helped expand fundraising efforts to reach new foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Raised funds in an amount exceeding by 40% VAD's normal
annual budget, for the purpose of hiring VAD’s first paid Managing
VAD’s first Board retreat. Helped write successful application
for grant to hire professional long-range planner Morrie Warshawski,
formerly on the NEA Board, to facilitate re-assessment
of VAD's mission and goals.
Helped obtain written compilation of results of this effort, including
short- and long-range plans.
Recruited volunteer public relations professionals and with their
assistance, overhauled fund raising materials, developing solicitation
letters for different kinds of donors, sheets showing
benefit levels and special-purpose sponsorships, an all-purpose
informational flyer, and a KidVid flyer, among other materials.
Drafted market research survey administered at the ‘98
Festival and incorporated into the VAD website. Obtained
donated professional compilation and analysis of results.
Organized first VAD booth at ArtFest, a large arts
festival organized by 500, Inc., and recruited organizer for subsequent
Instigated production of first promotional video for
Recruited volunteers to assist with fund raising, market research,
program book ad sales, volunteer coordination, and parties relating
to the Festival, among other things. Developed and
maintained list of VAD volunteers.
Negotiated for Festival venues at the Dallas
Museum of Art and the Dallas Theater Center and with KERA-TV for the “Frame of Mind” television
Amended bylaws to adopt first committee structure for Board, add
an Advisory Board, and make other changes in connection with VAD’s
expansion. Prepared numerous Board resolutions and other legal documents.
Assembled materials for VAD's first “Board Book”, including
policies, fund-raising and other expectations, and forms for evaluation
of board members, and helped edit and finalize it.