Stop. Think about this for a second... Take a moment to read through all the various thoughts, opinions, and articles about nonprofits and you'll find abundant encouragement to grow your audience, grow your funding, and grow your capacity. It is right that we spend time considering all we have and all we've done. At least for a moment... I think about that experience all nonprofit leaders face when a new board member asks an obvious question that has been tackled in the past.
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Communications Challenges in our Modern World "THEY NEVER TOLD ME!" Most parents have heard this at some time during their parenting career. The incredulous looks, the shocked expression, and the defensive argument all combine to explain why an assignment was missed or a deadline was past. Let me start out by declaring I'm not, in any way, indicating the behaviors I see in young people are bad or wrong...they are just different.
In order to survive and thrive, the Arts must not be viewed by consumers as something only experienced at the end of the work day/week when there is extra time and money. Arts organizations need to use their innate creativity to find ways of strengthening connection and relevance to every day community life. At the same time as younger donors are clearly looking to support causes, many in the Arts are still caught up in the old justification; the best reason they can offer t
The piece by Melody Kramer in Poynter yesterday is directed at journalists and uses the changes some museums are incorporating into their operating processes as encouragement for our news providers to attract audiences by trying new paths for engagement. With so many industries challenged by slipping attention and sliding audience numbers, we have to ask, "What, exactly, is broken?" The answer may be that it's not broken, but our society is changing and along with it, our abi
Is it just me or are we in WAY too many meetings? The CEO of a well-known multi-million dollar company that sells products and services to museums and cultural destinations (he/she only gave me the quote if I promised anonymity) once quipped about nonprofits... "Nonprofit professionals seem to think the importance of a decision is directly proportional to the number of people involved." I'm not sure how many times over the years I've walked into a conference room to discuss