Speakers Bureau Policies

Click on a category heading to learn more about the policies.

Category I:  General Public Program

  • An organization that applies for a program must be a Nebraska not-for-profit organization or an educational institution.
  • Each organization and/or target audience is limited to two Speakers Bureau programs or events per calendar year.
  • Applications for a Speakers Bureau program must be received by the HN no more than one year and no less than 30 days before the program date.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used as fundraisers.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used to promote particular political positions or points of view. All HN programs must be balanced.
  • Admission fees may not be charged for HN Speakers Bureau programs.
  • The project director must notify the HN and the speaker of any changes as soon as possible.
  • Speakers Bureau final reports must be received by HN no more than 10 days after the program date.
  • The sponsoring organization must acknowledge HN funding in all print materials, media interviews and at the beginning of each HN Speakers Bureau program.
  • The HN poster must be displayed at the location of the Speakers Bureau program and must be clearly visible.
  • The organization must fulfill all publicity requirements for the HN Speakers Bureau program (HN will send the organization a publicity packet after the request form is processed).
  • The organization must pay a $50 processing fee ($100 for the second program in a calendar year) that accompanies the application form. The following high-use speakers have a $75 processing fee: Jeff Barnes, Cherrie Beam-Clarke, Darrell Draper, Charlotte Endorf, Sue McLain, and Joan Wells. Applications will NOT be processed without this fee. A $100 processing fee also is required if the second program is for a high-use speaker.
  • The organization must guarantee that the HN Speakers Bureau program will be free and open to the public.
  • The organization must hold the HN Speakers Bureau program in an accessible public place with space to accommodate at least 25 people.
  • Contributions from individuals to support the programming of Humanities Nebraska at the Speakers Bureau program should be returned with the final report.
  • Individuals interested in making a gift at a later date should be encouraged to contact the HN office directly.
  • HN requires a notice of the cancellation of a program at least 15 days before the program, or the organization forfeits the processing fee.
  • If an organization fails to contact the speaker about the cancellation of a program, the organization is responsible for paying the speaker honorarium and travel cost in full.
  • The organization must have a promotional/marketing plan for the program.
  • Organizations are responsible for paying speaker honoraria and mileage over $750. This does not include the processing fee.
  • Failure to comply with HN Speakers Bureau policies can result in the organization not receiving future funding from HN.

Category II: Educational Institutions and Youth Organizations

  • An organization that applies for a program must be a Nebraska not-for-profit organization or an educational institution.
  • Each organization and/or target audience is limited to two Speakers Bureau program or event per calendar year.
  • Applications for a Speakers Bureau program must be received by HN no more than one year and no less than 30 days before the program date.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used as fundraisers.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used to promote particular political positions or points of view. All HN programs must be balanced.
  • Admission fees may not be charged for a HN Speakers Bureau program.
  • The project director must notify HN and the speaker of any changes as soon as possible.
  • Speakers Bureau final reports must be received by HN no more than 10 days after the program date.
  • The sponsoring organization must acknowledge HN funding in all print materials, media interviews and at the beginning of each HN Speakers Bureau program.
  • The HN poster must be displayed at the location of the Speakers Bureau program and must be clearly visible.
  • The organization must fulfill all publicity requirements for the HN Speakers Bureau program (HN will send the organization a publicity packet after the request form is processed).
  • The organization must pay a $50 processing fee ($100 for the second program in a calendar year) that accompanies the application form. The following high-use speakers have a $75 processing fee: Jeff Barnes, Cherrie Beam-Clarke, Darrell Draper, Charlotte Endorf, Sue McLain, and Joan Wells. Applications will NOT be processed without this fee. A $100 processing fee also is required if the second program is for a high-use speaker.
  • Free or reduced lunch eligibility: In schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for the free and reduced price school meals program, the processing fee for the first program of the year is $35 and $50 for high-use speakers. For the second program of the year, the processing fee is $100.
  • The organization must prepare students for the HN Speakers Bureau program and follow-up after the program.
  • The organization must have a teacher or adult youth leader present during the entire program.
  • The organization may not use the HN Speakers Bureau program as a substitute teacher.
  • Contributions from individuals to support the programming of Humanities Nebraska at the Speakers Bureau program should be returned with the final report.
  • Individuals interested in making a gift at a later date should be encouraged to contact HN offices directly.
  • HN requires a notice of the cancellation of a program at least 15 days before the program, or the organization forfeits the processing fee.
  • If an organization fails to contact the speaker about the cancellation of a program, the organization is responsible for paying the speaker honorarium and travel cost in full.
  • Each organization is limited to two HN Speakers Bureau programs per calendar year. NOTE: An organization may not have two programs in CATEGORY II and another program in one of the other categories. Also, a target audience can receive only two programs per calendar year. For example, if a school sponsors two Speakers Bureau programs, the PTA may not also sponsor a program for that school.
  • Organizations are responsible for paying speaker honoraria and mileage over $750. This does not include the $50 processing fee.
  • Failure to comply with HN Speakers Bureau policies can result in the organization not receiving future funding from HN.

Category III: Limited Audience Program

  • An organization that applies for a program must be a Nebraska not-for-profit organization or an educational institution.
  • Each organization and/or target audience is limited to two Speakers Bureau programs or events per calendar year.
  • Applications for Speakers Bureau programs must be received by HN no more than one year and no less than 30 days before the program date.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used as fundraisers.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used to promote particular political positions or points of view. All HN programs must be balanced.
  • The project director must notify HN and the speaker of any changes as soon as possible.
  • Speakers Bureau final reports must be received by HN no more than 10 days after the program date.
  • The organization is responsible for paying a $50 processing fee ($100 for the second program in a calendar year) plus 50% of the speaker expenses (honorarium and travel, which is determined by HN). The processing fee is $75 for the following high-use speakers: Jeff Barnes, Cherrie Beam-Clarke, Darrell Draper, Charlotte Endorf, Sue McLain, and Joan Wells. The processing fee must accompany the application form. Applications will NOT be processed without this fee. For high-use speakers, the second program in a year costs $100 processing fee plus 50% of the speaker’s expense.
  • Public institutions such as prisons, state hospitals, veterans homes and youth treatment centers must pay only the $50 processing fee ($100 for the second program in a calendar year). The processing fee is $75 for the following high-use speakers: Jeff Barnes, Cherrie Beam-Clarke, Darrell Draper, Charlotte Endorf, Sue McLain, and Jeff Barnes. The 50% match is waived.
  • Although the organization is not required to promote the program or open the program to the public, any publicity about the program must acknowledge HN funding. The HN poster must be displayed at the program site and must be clearly visible. HN support of the Speakers Bureau program must be acknowledged at the beginning of the program.
  • The organization may not charge for the HN Speakers Bureau program, but may charge for meals at the program.
  • The organization must pay the speaker on the day of the program after the program has concluded. You should receive a check made out to the speaker about one week before your program. HN processes and mails checks on the 15th and 30th of each month.
  • Contributions from individuals to support the programming of Humanities Nebraska at the Speakers Bureau program should be returned with the final report.
  • Individuals interested in making a gift at a later date should be encouraged to contact HN offices directly.
  • HN requires a notice of the cancellation of a program at least 15 days before the program, or the organization forfeits the processing fee.
  • If an organization fails to contact the speaker about the cancellation of a program, the organization is responsible for paying the speaker honorarium and travel cost in full.
  • Failure to comply with HN Speakers Bureau policies can result in the organization not receiving future funding from HN.

Category IV: Events

  • An organization that applies for a program must be a Nebraska not-for-profit organization or an educational institution.
  • Applications for Speakers Bureau programs must be received by HN no more than one year and no less than 30 days before the program date.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used as fundraisers.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used to promote particular political positions or points of view. All HN programs must be balanced.
  • Admission fees may not be charged for HN Speakers Bureau programs.
  • The project director must notify HN and the speaker of any changes in the program as soon as possible.
  • Speakers Bureau final reports must be received by HN no more than 10 days after the program.
  • The sponsoring organization must acknowledge HN funding in all print materials, media interviews, and at the beginning of each HN Speakers Bureau program.
  • The HN poster must be displayed at the location of the Speakers Bureau program and be clearly visible.
  • The organization must fulfill all publicity requirements for the HN Speakers Bureau program (HN will send the organization a publicity packet after the request form is processed).
  • The processing fee is $50 per speaker plus $50 per program. For example, two speakers each conducting two programs would cost the organization $300). There is no limit on the number of speakers and/or programs as long as they are for the same event. The processing fee must accompany the application form. Applications will NOT be processed without this fee.
  • Each organization is limited to two HN Speakers Bureau events or programs per calendar year.
  • The organization must hold the HN Speakers Bureau programs in an accessible public place with sufficient space to accommodate at least 50 people.
  • The organization must guarantee that all HN Speakers Bureau programs will be free and open to the public.
  • The organization must give HN funding credit before EVERY program.
  • The organization must have a promotional/marketing plan for HN Speakers Bureau programs at the event.
  • Organization must have a central theme and a need for multiple programs that support the event theme.
  • The event can run for multiple days, but they must be consecutive.
  • Contributions from individuals to support the programming of Humanities Nebraska at the Speakers Bureau program should be returned with the final report.
  • Individuals interested in making a gift at a later date should be encouraged to contact HN offices directly.
  • HN requires a notice of the cancellation of a program at least 15 days before the program, or the organization forfeits the processing fee.
  • If an organization fails to contact the speaker about the cancellation of a program, the organization is responsible for paying the speaker honorarium and travel cost in full.
  • Failure to comply with HN Speakers Bureau policies can result in the organization not receiving future funding from HN.

Category V:  Residencies

  • An organization that applies for a program must be a Nebraska not-for-profit organization or an educational institution.
  • Each organization and /or target audience is limited to two Speakers Bureau programs or events per calendar year. However, an organization may have one CATEGORY V program per calendar year in addition to a regular Speakers Bureau program.
  • Applications for a residency program must be received by the HN no more than one year and no less than 60 days before the program date.
  • A residency is an in-depth program that addresses specific learning objectives.
  • These are three-hour to eight-hour programs depending upon the program and the learning objectives.
  • The processing fee is $50 per contact hour (for example, a four hour program would be $200) and must accompany the application form. Applications will NOT be processed without this fee.
  • Residency programs are designed to be presented to one audience (a speaker cannot be used as a scholar to conduct a series of short programs to multiple audiences).
  • Residencies are one-day programs. Note:  Under Capacity Building programs, an organization can have all three levels (Consultation, Planning, Training) on separate days. All three days can be three to eight hours, and will only count as one program.  An organization can also chose to have the three levels in one day, but the time cannot exceed eight hours.
  • While these are “pre-packaged” programs, they can be tailored somewhat for each audience.
  • Residencies require some preparation and follow-up on the part of the participants.
  • The project director must have developed a plan with the scholar before the application is submitted.
  • Scholars will send resource materials to the project director to help prepare the participants.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used as fundraisers.
  • HN Speakers Bureau programs may not be used to promote particular political positions or points of view. All HN programs must be balanced.
  • Admission fees may not be charged for HN Speakers Bureau programs.
  • The project director must notify HN and the speaker of any changes as soon as possible.
  • Speakers Bureau final reports must be received by HN no more than 10 days after the program date.
  • The sponsoring organization must acknowledge HN funding in all print materials, media interviews and at the beginning of each HN Speakers Bureau program.
  • The HN poster must be displayed at the location of the Speakers Bureau program and must be clearly visible.
  • The organization must fulfill all publicity requirements for HN Speakers Bureau program (HN will send the organization a publicity packet after the application form is processed).
  • Contributions from individuals to support the programming of Humanities Nebraska at the Speakers Bureau program should be returned with final report.
  • Individuals interested in making a gift at a later date should be encouraged to contact the HN office directly.
  • HN requires a notice of cancellation of a program at least 15 days before the program, or the organization forfeits the processing fee.
  • If an organization fails to contact the speaker about the cancellation of a program, the organization is responsible for paying the speaker honorarium and travel cost in full.
  • Failure to comply with HN Speakers Bureau policies can result in the organization not receiving future funding from HN.

News

Oct
23

NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

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