In the nonprofit sector, there’s always an issue around funding. A lack of it, or the cost of finding it. Companies are also looking for cool ways to give back, and every year arts funding in schools gets slashed. What if you could turn art rentals into free art workshops for kids?
At IPaintMyMind, we’ve built a model that relies on our art services, like rotating artwork for offices, to not only offer value and create community, but to fund a large majority of the FREE and reduced cost art programs we provide to Chicago Public Schools, libraries, and youth centers.
That way everyone wins through a program that connects us.
By offering companies that want to give back a value-rich service for a need they have anyway (outfitting the walls in their office), we’re able to offer an awesome service AND a chance to give back at the same time. If we were just asking for a donation, working with us would be a lot harder to rationalize, and by building a business model that leverages client work to fund community work, we’ve been able to support local schools in the most organic of ways.
We’ve found that placing art in schools certainly brings them to life, but we love that as our programs have expanded, we’ve been able to add components that round out the experience for the kids we work with.
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