search  current discussion  categories  events - nceca 

from nceca pres.

updated sat 10 dec 11


mel jacobson on fri 9 dec 11

ear NCECA Members,

Approaching the final months of my NCECA Presidency, it is important that I=
take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished to forward our m=
ission. At the same time, I want to look forward to wonderful opportunities=
that lie ahead. I am writing this month to ask for your support on an impo=
rtant initiative.

NCECA is a unique organization in many ways. We have some similarities with=
other arts non-profits, and some with other academic organizations, but we=
are actually an interesting hybrid. Our diverse and engaged membership con=
sists of students, teachers, artists, suppliers and many other ways that pe=
ople define themselves in the clay world.

It is startling, however, that there is one thing that NCECA has not done t=
hat virtually every other non-profit organization has. We have not asked ou=
r members for monetary donations to the organization on an annual basis. Ou=
r major sources of funding remain our conference fees and memberships. Thes=
e along with some grant funding have represented NCECA's financial health u=
ntil now enabling the organization to...
* Host our annual conference
* Sponsor/support many ceramics exhibitions each year.
* Produce educational videos, the most recent of which received air tim=
e on public television.

NCECA has also accomplished much as a direct result of generous members who=
have donated ceramic objects for sale in the cup show. Resulting revenues =
have provided partial sponsorship of scholarships, fellowships and residenc=
y awards. A fundraising campaign which reached its goal in 2004 enabled NCE=
CA to develop an investment portfolio intended to help sustain NCECA's esse=
ntial operations.

During our fall 2011 meeting, at the recommendation of the members of the D=
evelopment Committee, NCECA's Board voted to initiate an annual appeal driv=
e. The Board not only voted to institute the drive, but unanimously pledged=
to give to NCECA this year. Even the two student members joined in with pl=
edges of support. You can imagine how proud I am of my team when you consid=
er that in addition to the countless hours they contribute to the organizat=
ion, 100% of your Board Members will participate in donating to NCECA's Ann=
ual Fund.

I am now asking you to make an annual financial contribution to sustain our=
mission. Please take a moment to review our ta/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles/npgzzsih.default/Mail/Local%20Folders/http:=
//>case statement and rs/mel/AppData/Roaming/Thunderbird/Profiles/npgzzsih.default/Mail/Local%20F=
df>report to understand and appreciate how NCECA needs our support.

Thank you so much for being part of NCECA!

Keith J. Williams, President

Keith Williams

from: minnetonka, mn
clayart link: