How NetSuite Helps Creativity Explored Build a Stronger Community for People With Disabilities

Kendall Fisher, Global Video and Podcast Producer/Host

November 25, 2019

Approximately one million Americans live with a developmental disability, and many of them struggle to belong, to find a sense of community or a means to be financially self-sustainable.

That’s exactly the hole Creativity Explored seeks to fulfill.

Based out of San Francisco, California—with a population of 9,000 people with disabilities—the nonprofit works with more than 130 artists who have developmental disabilities, providing space, supplies, professional instruction and exhibition opportunities to promote and sell their work. In fact, the organization gives 50% of any sale back to the artist, supporting its artists financial independence. 

On this episode of “The NetSuite Podcast,” we sat down with Creativity Explored’s Development Director, Megan Hover, to discuss the organization’s impact on the world, how it’s able to provide this opportunity for its artists and how NetSuite helps fuel its important mission.

Hover discusses the importance of building a community for these artists as well as the positive impact their work has within the art world and upon the conversation around people with disabilities. She dives into the ways in which the company raises money to continue empowering its artists, and how NetSuite’s single view into the organization’s donations, donor relationships, sales and spending allows for more efficient processes.

Hover also discusses how NetSuite’s SuiteDonation and Suite Pro-Bono programs have impacted the organization’s ability to better harness its use of NetSuite, creating better processes that are then used to make better decisions for the good of its artists. For example, she says NetSuite’s customization for tracking grant application, grant report deadlines and grant prospecting has helped Creativity Explored grow its grant funding by 300% over the past two years. 

Hover concludes by explaining why other nonprofits should consider implementing NetSuite and reveals her hopes for the future of the organization.

Tune in to listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts(opens in new tab), Soundcloud(opens in new tab) or YouTube(opens in new tab).

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