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.

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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.

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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.

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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#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.

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

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We love Know Your Own Bone because it uses data to help cultural organizations stay relevant in today’s ever-changing world. I had a total fan-girl moment meeting Colleen when she delivered the Arts & Cultural track’s keynote at bbcon 2019 in Nashville last October.

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. A rts and cultural organizations rely on people visiting them for much of their income. Arts & Cultural Specific Resources .

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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And while many of us are busy making our personal New Year’s resolutions, we should also be thinking of how to be more successful , well-rounded cultural executives. To help, here are some thought-starters from the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team – along with a sneak-peek at what we have planned for 2020 so far. . . I n order for you as a cultural professional to maintain that safe space you must take care of yourself. 2020 is here!

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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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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?

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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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. Culture is often overlooked, but it is so critical to the success of teams.

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. Do you have “No Monet” ? Or are you more of a “Sugar Dada”? .

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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.

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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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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! You’ll work with us to: Know 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. Really like this Altimeter deck.

How To Create A People-First Culture At Your Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you want to create a heart culture and a people-first culture at your workplace, read the book, Advisory Leadership , by Greg Friedman. And, what exactly is heart culture ? Cultural Fit Culture Leader Leadership Leadership Books Leadership Advice Leadership Skills

Why Culture Matters

Eric Jacobsen Blog

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?

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

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. Now, every culture is unique. If you want to know how you rate in these four areas, then have your staff complete our Culture Strength Assessment.

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. Culture That Works Featured

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.

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. They are the base of a strong culture. All strong cultures are unique.

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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). But the implication of the phrase—that culture is probably having a bigger impact than you realize—is certainly true.

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.

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. I really do believe this.

[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. Download: npEXPERTS – Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy.

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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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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). Thursday’s topic will focus on culture assessments.

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.

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. Become more involved in civic and cultural issues. Arts and cultural nonprofits must work to eliminate barriers to participation in their communities.

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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. Aligning fundraising efforts with cultural priorities is no different, but often overlooked.

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. You can build vibrant nonprofit culture later.

[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 Calendars

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.

Social business demands culture change

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Social business demands culture change. . Most organizations today are simply not compatible with the way a social business really works – but culture change takes time. However, we believe that you can change your culture one process at a time.

HR’s Role in Culture #culturechat

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This week, we’re talking about HR’s role in company culture. Should it be HR’s responsibility to hire for culture fit? How else should HR make explicit what your culture is? A must if you have any interest in the power of company culture!

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Introducing an Awesome New Podcast About Workplace Culture

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So perhaps I am biased, as the Culture Chat podcast is my podcast I have started producing over at WorkXO, but it really is awesome and I want to share it with you. Building a Culture of Accountability. How Employee Benefits Can Impact Culture. Culture Change and the New CEO.

5 Nonprofit Trends at Arts and Cultural Organizations

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As always, I read this article through the lens of our arts and cultural customers. As a result, I put together my perspective on this game changing technology for arts and cultural organizations. What other trends are you seeing in arts and cultural technology for 2014?

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Can You Change an Existing Culture? Find Out on #CultureChat

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This Thursday we’ll be hosting another #CultureChat on twitter, and our topic will focus in on the what, when, and how of changing an existing culture. I find that a lot of the organizations with really amazing cultures grew up like that. Their founders created that cool culture.

Insta-what? Pin it where? Why should arts and cultural organizations use Instagram and Pintrest?

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Arts and cultural organizations have an advantage over other nonprofit organizations : they have things to take pictures of. Are you using Instagram or Pintrest at your arts and cultural organization?

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Next #culturechat 4/30 – Hiring for Culture Fit

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This month we’re talking about hiring for culture fit. Some of the questions we’ll address are: What does “culture fit” mean at your organization? What is the balance between cultural fit and skills/competency in your hiring process, and why?