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.

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?

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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#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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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.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

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Enter: A Culture of Philanthropy. A culture of philanthropy is a set of organizational values and practices that support and nurture development within a nonprofit organization. Let us know what you learned and how your organization is building a culture of philanthropy!

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.

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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3 Unforgettable Reasons Arts and Cultural Organizations Need Pinterest


Pinterest for Arts and Cultural Organizations, really? So what does all this mean for Arts and Cultural Organizations ? As Arts and Cultural Organizations (museums, zoos, galleries, festivals and foundations), you have so many powerful images to choose from.

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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.

Supporting Arts and Cultural Organizations Makes a Big Impact

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Arts and cultural organizations are not exempt from the excitement and are competing with other nonprofits for donor dollars. Fundraising Arts & Cultural end of year fundraising fundraising fundraising infographic infographic research

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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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Activating A Culture of Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

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I’m excited to co-presenting a session at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice.

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


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.

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

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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A Culture of Content


“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.

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.

Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

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And a culture that follows through with commitments is building a culture of integrity ready to support strong internal controls. An ownership culture recognizes the importance of both accountability and reward for making good decisions and implementing them as well.

Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations


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.

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What Makes a Strong Culture?


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


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

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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Ideal Company Culture Guidelines

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"The clearer your company culture, the less likely it will be hijacked by the weaker personalities in your team," explains Mary Christensen , author of the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader. "A Company Culture Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Good Culture Leadership

A Culture of Content


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’s the ROI of your culture?


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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Five Cultural Fit Questions For Interviewing The Ideal Candidate

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If you are leading an organization and are the last person to interview a candidate, focus your questions more on trying to see if the person is a cultural fit. Company Culture Cultural Fit Culture Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership

Culture Eats Association Innovation for Breakfast Too


——– 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.

How To Create A High-Performing Workplace Culture

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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

Eight Company Culture Guidelines

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"The clearer your company culture, the less likely it will be hijacked by the weaker personalities in your team," explains Mary Christensen , author of the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader. "A

Tips & Tools To Appreciate Your Nonprofit Staff and Build A Culture of Resilience

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As part of my work with nonprofit organizations to help them build a culture of resilience that I wrote about in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , I have facilitated retreats where staff brainstorm ideas and identify simple ways that they can make working at their organization more enjoyable.

#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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Social business demands culture change


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.

Build a Culture of Association Success


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.

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

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Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

How should nonprofits develop a high-performance culture?

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Marcia Mintz, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP), defined a high-performance culture as, “When everybody at every level understands where their role fits into the organization and the plan to get where they want to go.”. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Assessing Your Culture is Next on #CultureChat


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.

The Surprising Connection Between Fundraising and Workplace Culture


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.

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


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

The Culture Map

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"The way we are conditioned to see the world in our own culture seems so completely obvious and commonplace that it is difficult to imagine that another culture might do things differently, "says author Erin Meyer. "It And, that's why Meyer wrote her book, The Culture Map.

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Do You Have the Right Volunteer Culture?


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.