Michigan Cultural Data Project

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Beginning this year, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is engaging in a new partnership with the Michigan Cultural Data Project (Michigan CDP). The first management tool of its kind, the Michigan CDP is a state-wide, collaborative effort of public and private funders throughout Michigan and consists of an online system for collecting and standardizing historical financial and organizational data. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, along with other funders in Michigan, now requires arts and cultural organizations to complete a Data Profile annually through the Michigan CDP website (http://www.miculturaldata.org). You will use the information you enter into the Data Profile in your application to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, as well as other participating funders throughout the state.

The Michigan CDP will provide the cultural community with consistent, reliable, comprehensive data on arts and culture in Michigan, and enable organizations to view trends in their data, benchmark themselves against peer organizations, and enhance their financial management capacity.

Instructions for the use of the Michigan CDP:

  1. Go to www.miculturaldata.org and click on “New User Registration”
  2. Create new Data Profile. Complete a Data Profile for each of the TWO most recently completed fiscal years; start with the earliest year.
  3. Enter data using your board-approved financial audit/review or year-end financial statements.
    • a. If your organization is not audited/reviewed, enter data based on board-approved year-end financial statements.
    • b. If your organization is an arts program/department within larger institution, enter data based on internal financial statements of the arts program/department and indicate that you have a parent organization in Section 1.
    • c. DO NOT enter project budgets, budgets for future years, or data from incomplete or not-yet-approved audits/reviews/financial statements.

  4. When finished entering data, click on Submit/Error Check; address any errors and call the Help Desk if you have questions.
  5. On My CDP, go to the Funders Reports section, select the fiscal year for the report and click on “GO”. Click on the link for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to generate the report and print (or save and attach to email).
  6. Review your Funder Report; if you need to make changes, call the Help Desk.
  7. Include the Funder Report along with your the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan application materials.

Please Note: As part of the effort to ensure the accuracy of your data, throughout the year the Michigan CDP Help Desk will review each of your submitted Data Profile(s) and contact you with suggested revisions. It is your responsibility to respond to the Help Desk and to make any necessary changes to the submitted Cultural Data Profile(s). This process will not interfere with your ability to run Funder Reports and apply for grants.

Complete instructions for getting started with the Michigan CDP are available here: http://www.miculturaldata.org/orientation.aspx.

Online training is also available here: www.miculturaldata.org/training.aspx.

Please direct questions concerning the Cultural Data Profile to:

Michigan CDP Help Desk:
Toll Free: 1-877-MICDP-01 (1-877-642-3701)
Email: help@miculturaldata.org

The Michigan CDP Help Desk is available Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm local time.

Michigan CDP website: http://www.miculturaldata.org