Thursday, October 27, 2016

Seeking a new partner!

We spent a great year with our partner CARFAC Saskatchewan and it is bittersweet that we officially announce we are seeking a new partner. CARFAC wishes to reclaim some of the space we took for the exchange for their valuable programs, which we are more than happy to oblige! From now until mid-November we are seeking proposals for a new partnership facility. To keep our costs to our members low, we require a small space at very low cost. We are looking at an early December 2016 move out date and hope to be operational with our new partner in January 2017. See the photos or text below for more information about our requirements and overall mandate. Please help us by reaching out to organizations in the community that could benefit from having second hand art supplies at their fingertips. We are open to any options and hope that at our AGM in November we can all vote together on the best options that will inspire growth and renewed interest in our organization. Thanks for any help you can provide!

Partnership Proposal

RASE Seeking New Partner
Regina’s Art Supply Exchange, Inc. (shortened to RASE throughout this document) is a registered Non-Profit under THE NON-PROFIT CORPORATIONS ACT, 1995 (incorporated on November 27th, 2015). RASE spent one great year with our current partner CARFAC Saskatchewan and it is bittersweet that we officially announce we are seeking a new partner. From now until November 15th, 2016 we are seeking proposals for a new partnership facility. We are looking at an early December move out date and hope to be operational with our new partner in January 2017.

RASE Mandate

Benefits to a Partner
With our small amount of requirements, a partnership with RASE will include many or all of the benefits listed below to your organization:

Access our Supplies: Ability for your organization’s members/users to access materials on our shelves for discounted amounts or for free pending partnership agreement.
Increase Traffic: Our integration into your facility will increase traffic of our target audience to your facility (including: educators, artists, crafters, art students, families, others).
Rental Fees: Small or nominal fees will be paid to your organization for our use of your space as determined by a partnership agreement.
Workshops: Utilize items from our shelves for workshops that can be planned together or can be used for your current programs.
Support Local Art Making and Artists: You’d be helping to support a non-profit arts organization committed to equalizing access to quality art supplies to the citizens of Regina.

RASE Requirements
Future partners should have close to our current requirements but any of the wish list items below would be highly favourable to RASE.

Operating Hours: hours where we can be open to the public and members to drop-off supplies and buy items from our shelves.

  • Currently: Tues-Fri 9am-4:30pm, manned by CARFAC staff.
  • Wish list: prefer non-business hours – ie: open later in the evening for educators who cannot make it to our facility during working hours. We do not need a lot of hours, for example, 3-4 hours per day would be suitable. If the partner organization cannot help us with day-to-day operations, RASE will organize volunteer shifts to take place during our operating hours.

Space: storage enough for 20 feet of bookshelves, in addition to a table and storage unit for membership sign-ups (and potentially a volunteer for payment), and a 20L container for donation drop-offs.

  • Currently: approx. 120 ft squared of storage.
  • Wish list: approx. 120 ft2 for equipment and an additional space for up to 10 people to participate in a workshop utilizing items from our shelves.

Cleaning: storage for cleaning supplies and access to a sink for additional cleaning up.

  • Currently: we access a small cupboard space under a kitchen sink.
  • Wish list: same as above with a deep basin sink for cleaning donations.

How to Submit Proposals to RASE
Interested organizations should submit their proposals by e-mail to RASE by November 15th at with “Partnership Proposal” in the subject line. Successful proposals will be reviewed by the board and followed up by the Executive Director, Erika Folnović. The e-mail should include the following information for consideration:

Information About Your Organization: name of organization, brief overview of your organization’s mandate/mission, main contact information (name, phone, e-mail)
The Big Question: Why do you want to partner with RASE?
Fitting Our Requirements: Of the three requirements listed (Operating Hours, Space, and Cleaning) what can you offer RASE and for how many potential years of commitment?
Moving: How soon would your organization be able to accommodate RASE in your facility? We are working with a December 16th or sooner complete vacancy date from CARFAC.

I hope to hear from you about this unique partnership opportunity!

Erika Folnović
Executive Director, Regina’s Art Supply Exchange, Inc.

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