Predictions for a Post-Pandemic Future for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As we head into the final months of 2020, some parts of the country are opening up more than others, consumers are itching to get out of their homes, and arts and culture organizations are at a pivotal moment in planning for their comeback.

A Guide to bbcon 2020 for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Though we’re disappointed to not be exploring Seattle with all of our awesome Arts and Cultural friends, we are super excited for our first-ever virtual bbcon 2020 ! Arts & Cultural bbcon bbcon 2020

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Arts & Cultural Takeaways from bbcon 2019

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It’s been nearly two months since bbcon 2019 in Nashville, and I’m still thinking about the live music, inspiring mainstage content, and incredible sessions delivered in the Arts & Cultural track. With 150+ attendees from the Arts & Cultural community in attendance, we had so many great opportunities for sharing best practices and rallying around big ideas in our space. Arts & Cultural arts fundraising bbcon bbcon 2019

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Examples For Creating Your Company Culture

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Business Culture Company Culture Culture Eric Jacobson on Leadership and ManagementIn Peter Block ’s book, The Empowered Manager (Second Edition) , he shares that the following values and statements can shape a vision of greatness for your employees and company.

A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation

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This year’s edition of Blackbaud Institute’s npEXPERTS series covered Building a Culture of Innovation. At bbcon this year, the Institute continued the conversation in our featured panel, A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation. A culture shift is necessary to allow our organizations and individuals to be more agile in achieving our missions and spreading social good. However, this kind of culture shift cannot be achieved unless the entire organization is on board.

6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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That experience got me thinking about other ways arts and cultural organizations are innovating with their programs. From food festivals to light shows to lectures, there’ve never been more options for arts and cultural programming. Blackbaud University has created a new 90-minute Organizational Best Practices workshop on programs just for arts and cultural organizations, Arts and Cultural – Programs. Arts & Cultural arts programming membership strategy

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Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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While we’re still calculating how much of that total cultural organizations raised, here are some campaigns that stood out: . Taking a different approach, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature , the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, partnered with a local couple who are matching donations dollar for do llar up to $25,000 given before December 31. . The results are in – and this year was the biggest # GivingTuesday yet!

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#GivingTuesday: The Arts & Culture Way

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Arts and Cultural organizations are capitalizing on this giving movement by creating a clear call-to-action attached to customized campaigns. Don’t let it pass without acting and have fun building your Arts & Culture campaign. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit #GivingTuesday #GivingZooDay Aquariums end of year fundraising giving tuesday Museums ZoosApproaching its seventh year, #GivingTuesday’s success isn’t slowing down and only increasing in donor participation.

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3 Lessons Arts & Cultural Organizations Can Learn from Retail

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Being new to the arts & cultural space (career-wise, not interest-wise), I’ve been doing a lot of reading to get a better understanding of this industry. What’s surprised me are the parallels I see with other industries – namely retail where I was most recently focused – and it got me thinking: what can arts & cultural organizations learn from the retail industry? What are they doing, and can we apply the same concepts in arts & cultural?

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Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations

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Arts and culture organizations such as media companies, magazines, public radio stations, museums, theaters, and arts advocates have unique needs when it comes to data management. Database and CRM systems for arts and cultural organizations should offer the capability for several key tasks: 1. Keep your work funded Exposure to arts and culture educates, builds community, broadens horizons, and enriches lives. CRM arts and culture

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 127: Hiring for Culture

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Culture is an important factor for organizations in having a healthy and high performing workplace. The right culture doesn’t just make the workplace more fun – having a cohesive workplace culture can save a company money and make them more effective in their goals in the long term. So, how can organizations more effectively hire people aligned with their culture? William also discusses how to make sure that hiring for culture still brings diversity to the workplace.

One Mom’s Tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As I think about arts & cultural institutions, I realize that my family is an ideal target for these organizations. What does our consumption of arts & cultural organizations look like? Here are some ways that arts & cultural organizations can address the desire for something different. Arts & Cultural member engagement museum membership strategy

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Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

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International Women’s Day , a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, is happening this Sunday, March 8 — and while the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team and I tr y to live every day in its spirit, we’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize a handful of the women leaders in our community who we admire and whose achievements inspire us to continue to strive for a more equal world. .

Expert Advice for Improving Culture & Morale at Nonprofit Organizations

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And with private sector companies increasingly realizing the need to incorporate purpose into jobs and technology making it easier for individuals to make a difference on their own, it’s even more critical that nonprofits (and all social good organizations) prioritize improving culture and morale to remain competitive in the employment market. Read more on this topic: Creating the Right Culture at your Nonprofit.

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

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You gravitated toward the museum, zoo, gallery, symphony, cultural management organization because of your roots. My inclination toward the arts and cultural world was naturally occurring. Maybe a great deal of people are like me, but why not start now to build a culture of continued family giving— and make generational giving second nature, growing your donor base as it matures. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Fundraising arts fundraising fundraising tips generational giving

Resources to Guide Arts and Cultural Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As an arts and cultural organization, you are among the most trusted sources of information in today’s world. By sharing facts about how to lower the risk of contracting or spreading the disease, arts and cultural organizations can help keep their communities healthy and instill a sense of calm. . A rts and cultural organizations rely on people visiting them for much of their income. Arts & Cultural Specific Resources .

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Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

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Alan’s background as both a technology consultant and a CIO in museums and other cultural institutions meant he brought a unique perspective to a hot topic: technology implementations. As the Principal Consultant for Arts & Cultural organizations at Blackbaud, I am often asked – What makes a successful implementation of new technology in a nonprofit? During Alan’s session, he really focused on the importance of organization culture in technology projects.

Why Culture Matters

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An important chapter in the incredibly insightful book, It’s The Manager , is about why culture in the workplace matters. The book’s authors Jim Clifton and Jim Harter suggest as a leader you ask yourself : How well do your purpose, brand and culture align? Are your employees committed to your culture? Equally important, if you see any of the following warnings signs, your culture may be broken : The inability to attract world-class talent.

7 Ways for Arts & Cultural Organizations to Retain Members

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Members are the catalyst of your arts or cultural organization. Arts & Cultural Aquariums Donor Stewardship Gardens Museums performing arts sustaining members ZoosThey believe in your staff, your mission and support your goals. And while attracting new members is a never-ending process, retaining existing members is equally as important. It’s easier to keep a member than to acquire a new one, so focus on communication and experiences for a successful membership retention rate.

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A Culture of Content

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“When content becomes an ingrained part of an organization’s culture, content strategy functions like a well-oiled engine, producing, circulating, and begetting content, creating numerous efficiencies in the process. Rebecca Lieb and Jessica Groopman share findings and recommendations from their report, Culture of Content.” ” [Slides] A Culture of Content by Altimeter Group from Altimeter Group Network on SlideShare. Really like this Altimeter deck.

Know Your Culture, Show Your Culture: The Authenticity Project #MMCon

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Authenticity is rooted in alignment between your internal culture and your external communications. That’s why WorkXO and 5:00 Films & Media are partnering to explore the intersection of culture and video in a new project! In this project, we will be working together to help interested associations create an awesome About Us video that really reflects their culture. Know Your Culture, Show Your Culture: The Authenticity Project. Quantify your culture.

A Culture of Content

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When content becomes an ingrained part of an organization’s culture, content strategy functions like a well-oiled engine, producing, circulating, and begetting content, creating numerous efficiencies in the process. Rebecca Lieb and Jessica Groopman share findings and recommendations from their report, Culture of Content Really like this Altimeter deck. Click the webinar link for a replay.

What Makes a Strong Culture?

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I came across an HBR post from a few years ago that identified six components of great company cultures: Vision. Yes, how you design your workspace impacts your culture, as do the stories you tell internally and externally about who you are and what you value, but those things ultimately do not determine the strength or greatness of your culture. Now, every culture is unique. ———— It’s not the perks, it’s culture that works.

New CEOs and Culture Change

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Have you read our article in Associations Now about new CEOs dealing with organizational culture yet? New CEOs have a golden opportunity to embark on the difficult work of changing organizational culture. Change is not easy, and culture change has its own specific challenges, so you don’t want to end up biting off more than you can chew. Culture That Works FeaturedBut it doesn’t last forever.

Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

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Today’s nonprofit marketers must be experts in learning how to shift their organizational culture towards a culture of philanthropy. This gets to the heart of the best practices that are needed to create a culture of philanthropy within anonprofit organization. But the reality is that in many nonprofit organizations, different teams and departments do not have a shared mental model for a culture of philanthropy. Get Everyone Aligned Around the Culture of Philanthropy.

What’s the ROI of your culture?

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They were from different industries and came in different shapes and sizes, but they had one thing in common: ridiculously strong cultures. Notice we didn’t say cool cultures or happy cultures. We care that your culture is strong, and that what is valued internally actually drives success and delivers exceptional performance. The good news is, the recipe for a strong culture is not as difficult as you might think. They are the base of a strong culture.

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4 Clever Ways to Recruit and Retain More Members at Arts & Cultural Organizations

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These clever names for membership tiers — which can easily be adapted to work for a zoo or any other organization — got me thinking about how arts and cultural organizations are getting creative with their memberships. This special event introduced me to some very cool interpretations of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but also pointed me to another arts and cultural organization: Ballet Austin. Arts & Cultural Aquariums Gardens membership strategy museum membership strategy Zoos

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Why Culture Matters

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An important chapter in the incredibly insightful book, It’s The Manager , is about why culture in the workplace matters. The book’s authors Jim Clifton and Jim Harter suggest as a leader you ask yourself : How well do your purpose, brand and culture align? Are your employees committed to your culture? Equally important, if you see any of the following warnings signs, your culture may be broken : The inability to attract world-class talent.

3 Things Arts and Cultural Organizations Can Do to Make Visitors Feel More Comfortable When They Reopen

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I n her blog post “ What Will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again? ” Colleen Dilenschneider listed some of the factors that will make people feel comfortable visiting cultural organizations in a post-COVID-19 world. But there are some th ings that arts and cultur al organizations can start executing now to prepare for re-opening, like making hand sanitizer readily available and revising and publishing cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

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Culture Eats Association Innovation for Breakfast Too

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——– I wrote ages ago about the false dichotomy inherent in the phrase that culture “eats strategy” for breakfast (or lunch or whatever). Culture and strategy are really two sides of the same coin, and they fundamentally need to be connected effectively (not eating each other). But the implication of the phrase—that culture is probably having a bigger impact than you realize—is certainly true. Culture That Works Potluck

How To Create A High-Performance Culture

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Build a Culture of Association Success

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Just a little reminder that Jamie and I have been busy bees writing a whole yearly series on culture for AssociationSuccess.org ! Here’s a quick sampler from the last few months: February – Why Culture Matters. The Link Between Culture and Talent. It Doesn’t Take Years to Change Your Culture. March – Culture and Strategy. Does Culture Eat Strategy for Breakfast? The Culture of Strategic Planning. How to Build a Nimble Culture.

Creating the Right Culture at your Nonprofit

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Culture is mission. Culture is process. Culture is everything. When I was a kid, culture had a very different meaning. To me, culture was about “being cultured.” But today, culture is something much more mainstream. At your nonprofit, culture is at the heart of who you are. 2) Turn Next to your People – culture is all about behavior, and it’s people who take the steps that reflect on your organization.

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Globaltimes_Culture: "An online charity campaign called Yangguang Gongyi (Sunshine Charity) held a year-end party yesterday in Beijing with more than 100 netizens from across the country in attendance.A Hong Kong businessman surnamed Huang, who owns an Australian company, flew from Sydney to Beijing yesterday to attend the party

[New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

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We got real about the need for a culture that fosters awareness for philanthropy’s role inside and outside our walls. In short, we realized we need to build a stronger culture of philanthropy. And this culture cannot be achieved if the only people pushing for it are fundraisers—the very people whose time and resources are already stretched thin. Download: npEXPERTS – Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy.

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Assessing Your Culture is Next on #CultureChat

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CultureChat is a (now) monthly chat on twitter for anyone interested in the topic of organizational culture, and particularly those who want to create strong ones (fourth Thursday of the month, 1pm ET). Our previous chats discussed the impact of the Millennial generation on cultures today and the role of HR in culture work. Thursday’s topic will focus on culture assessments. Can you even measure a messy thing like culture using an assessment?

Embracing a More Diverse Audience in Arts and Culture

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If arts and cultural nonprofits fail to cultivate more diverse audiences, they risk decreased attendance and bankruptcy. In order to survive these changes and continue to support the community , arts and cultural nonprofits must become centers for cultural exchange and make three significant changes: Diversify leadership. Become more involved in civic and cultural issues. Get Involved in Civic and Cultural Issues.

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Five Lies You Tell Yourself About Nonprofit Culture

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At the core of all that change, though, an organization needs something to keep it grounded: a solid culture. Some people assume that they have a strong grip on what culture is, but some of those assumptions are wrong. I’d like to set the record straight on some common misconceptions about nonprofit culture. You can build vibrant nonprofit culture later. Never put culture on the back burner. Your rad office space equals culture. Culture Featured

The Surprising Connection Between Fundraising and Workplace Culture

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Here’s the description: At the heart of all organizational capacity building is workplace culture, and nonprofits and foundations are no exception to this rule. The problem is that culture is usually thought of as being about high-level values and concepts, but in reality it’s made up of a complex network of behavior-focused cultural building blocks. Aligning fundraising efforts with cultural priorities is no different, but often overlooked.

#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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So I went ahead and picked out some of the top sessions for Arts & Cultural organization to make planning your conference journey just a little bit easier. Highlights for bbcon 2016 : Our Path Forward, a panel session kicking off BBCON for our arts & cultural attendees, led by Kevin Knight, Senior Vice President for Arts & Culture at Blackbaud. Nonprofit News #bbcon Arts Arts & Cultural MuseumsOne of my favorite times of year is fast approaching—bbcon.

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[WEBINAR] How to build a culture of innovation 12/5

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Dan is super smart and has experience both on the technology side AND on the association staff side, so this promises to be an interesting conversation about how to bring more innovation to the cultures of associations. Culture That Works Mark Your CalendarsDon’t miss this upcoming webinar , featuring me and Dan Stark from Nimble User/Community Brands, to be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:00pm eastern time.

Do You Have the Right Volunteer Culture?

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We tell them when to show up, what to wear, and (if we’re smart), we explain very clearly what kind of culture we have in this organization, and if they are not willing to behave in ways that are consistent with that culture, then we will ask them to go work somewhere else. We give them the power to set their own culture, and we as staff have to work around that. And I’m not saying that all volunteer cultures are bad. Culture That Works From the Trenches

Your Nonprofit Culture Can Be Ruined by These 3 Common Traps

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I’ve seen nonprofits set toxic and downright annoying work culture expectations that ultimately deter the creation of a strong, functional team. If you’re at an organization where you actually want to build a strong nonprofit culture of teamwork (and attract professional and talented staff), here are three common traps to avoid and what to do instead. Nonprofit-Culture