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

Connection Cafe

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.

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

Connection Cafe

Here are 7 practices for building an internal control structure that will increase buy-in and stand the test of time. And a culture that follows through with commitments is building a culture of integrity ready to support strong internal controls. Encourage a culture where people can make decisions, are trusted to use good judgement and have the discernment to know when to ask more questions before taking action.

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How Does Organization Structure Affect Online Success?

NTEN

For those of us who have responsibilities in online fundraising / marketing / technology, often our work doesn’t fit within the traditional department structure of most nonprofit organizations. For those of us who have responsibilities in online fundraising / marketing / technology, often our work doesn’t fit within the traditional department structure of most nonprofit organizations. Norman Reiss. Project Manager, Technology. Center for Court Innovation.

Expert Advice for Improving Culture & Morale at Nonprofit Organizations

Connection Cafe

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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Walk the Walk: Establishing Workplace Culture Outside the Office

NonProfit Hub

Establishing workplace culture isn’t easy. One way to combat the struggles of creating a workplace culture is to let it extend beyond the workplace. Make the culture in your office a lifestyle culture, and bring your staff along with you. The more natural your culture feels in the office, the more comfortable your employees and volunteers will be, no matter how different they are. Culture Featured

Social business demands culture change

SocialFish

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. Remember, culture change can happen one process at a time: SILOS. It’s hard on both managers and employees, and it rarely connects back effectively to culture and strategy.

Crafting Your Culture

SocialFish

—————— Building organizational culture involves magic and artistry. But you create a culture by doing and saying, and you can choose to be deliberate and thoughtful about what you do and say. The reality is that every organization has a culture: a distinctive mix of attitude, atmosphere, norms, and values. And the executive director and senior staffers have a disproportionate influence on what that culture looks like.

How to Build a Culture that Leaves Behind a Legacy

NonProfit Hub

Our nonprofit’s culture ROCKS.”. While these ideas are a good starting point, company culture is so much more than a one-time activity here and a day-off there, or feeling the need to spend money to try to look fun. Company culture is the thread that weaves together the fabric that makes up your nonprofit scarf. Why Culture Matters. Drucker is attributed with saying, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” A happy staff is a happy nonprofit culture.

Social business demands culture change

SocialFish

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. Remember, culture change can happen one process at a time: SILOS. It’s hard on both managers and employees, and it rarely connects back effectively to culture and strategy.

Structural Poverty and the Non-Adoption Tax

Tech Soup Blog

I recently spoke with Alice Loy, co-founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. This post originally appeared at TechSoup for Libraries. GCCE and the New Mexico State Library are partners in Fast-Forward New Mexico (FFNM), a BTOP-funded project. Among other things, the project provides for 64 hours of free Internet training in 17 libraries around the state.

Women of Color Leading Essential, Activist Work in Cultural Institutions

Museum 2.0

Each of these women push the boundaries of cultural institutions in different ways, with digital and physical manifestations. She writes about race, history, parks, culture, and politics. Since we're "telling the story of America through structures," how in the world do we tell this one? Our cultural universe is full of stars. Let us all be amateur astronomers of culture, huddled around the powerful telescopes of diverse experience.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning

Gyrus

There are structured eLearnings and mLearnings beyond the typical certification requirements which allow for the continuing and necessary education of your people. If their availability was not enough, these types of learning structures can be incentivized which in general can lead to the largest absorption of external knowledge for your employee base. The post Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning appeared first on Gyrus.

Molecular Structure of Sugar

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ever wonder about what the molecular structure of sugar looks like? Or what to learn more about cultural customs of pickles? Happy Valentine's Day! Did you get a box of chocolate? The exploratorium's " Science of Cooking is the place for curious cooks. Make cooking an educational experience

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

EveryAction

Creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, but it's a lot easier when you're not starting from scratch - so we've put together a template that you can fill out as you go, which already contains the structure, sections, and language you'll need. An RFP is a structured, formal method of obtaining specific information from vendors, including: answers to your questions, personalized solutions to specific problems, and pricing information.

Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Last week, I attended Structure Lab , a half-day workshop on legal and financial structures for ventures for social good. The Structure Lab is set up as a "game" in which you explore cards in various categories (values, assets, financing, etc.) The idea is that you specify your values, relationships, and assets, and then match those up with potentially fruitful legal structures, financing models, and growth potential.

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. In Hsieh’s book, “ Delivering Happiness ,” he writes about the 10 core values of Zappos culture, which include: Deliver WOW through service. Culture is highly valued at Zappos -- so much so that the company publishes a yearly Culture Book. I think a healthy work/life balance is important for staff wellness, however Zappos culture disagrees. Pajamas.

How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It comes down to organizational culture. The nonprofits that embrace measurement have a data-driven culture. The Evolutionary Stages of A Data-Driven Culture. Culture is an organization’s operating patterns of behavior, activities, and attitudes, influenced by a shared set of values and beliefs that characterize the way people work together. Changing a nonprofit culture isn’t as simple as. Does your nonprofit have a data-driven culture?

What Nonprofits and Libraries Can Learn from Zappos Culture

Tech Soup Blog

When you walk into Zappos, the first thing you notice is the unique structure of the building. In Hsieh’s book, “ Delivering Happiness ,” he writes about the 10 core values of Zappos culture, which include: Deliver WOW through service. Culture is highly valued at Zappos -- so much so that the company publishes a yearly Culture Book. I think a healthy work/life balance is important for staff wellness, however Zappos culture disagrees. Pajamas.

Does Associations’ Governance Lock them into its Own “Culture Of Reverence?”

SocialFish

The 162-page Freeh report about Penn State’s role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal cites one possible cause for what now seems like a coordinated cover-up by the university: “ a culture of reverence for the football program that is ingrained at all levels of the campus.” To a folklorist who has been a student of culture all her life, like me, a “culture or reverence” sounds great in principle. Just for the sake of clarity, I am calling this “institutional” cultural reverence.

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Many times the reaction to focusing on organizational culture and wellbeing is considered “soft” or “nice” stuff that not lead to results or impact.

The Future Role of the CIO in the NonProfit

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Change Management changing role of CIO Leadership nonprofit management nonprofit technology leadership nptech Organizational Culture organizational structure Staffing Strategy IT Staff Michael Enos. Chief Technology Officer. Second Harvest Food Bank. Everything we thought that technology would do to democratize information is happening, and it’s happening in ways that we didn’t dream of. So do we still need an IT department, or a CIO?

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Tips to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Innovation

Frogloop

Unfortunately many organizations still struggle with rigid top down management structures and teams that squash innovation and collaboration. Love it or hate it, the real-time web is forcing nonprofits to change the way they do business. Organizations recognize that they must be more transparent with their successes, their failures, as well as their finances.

How the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

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Download the free eBook from Blackbaud and Cuseum: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving & Thriving As A Cultural Organization. Mapping out our timed tickets for general admission was building a structure from the ground up.

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How To Build A Culture To Foster Creativity

Eric Jacobson

Here are some great tips and guiding principles for how a manager and leader can build a culture to foster creativity. A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better. If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.

How To Build A Culture To Foster Creativity

Eric Jacobson

Here are some great tips and guiding principles for how a manager and leader can build a culture to foster creativity. A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better. If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.

Why (Almost) Every Nonprofit Should Be Using Google Ad Grants

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Learn more about the Google Ad Grants program on our recently-updated Insider’s Guide to Google Ad Grants , including how to structure your Google Ads account and track your ads in Google Analytics. . . There are also some requirements for your account structure. Arts & Cultural Faith Communities Foundations Nonprofit Nonprofit Marketing digital advertising digital marketing for nonprofits Google ad grants

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

EveryAction

Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process. A great fundraising plan is one that both serves as a blueprint, but also offers this information through the lens of your nonprofit’s culture, mission, and values from beginning to end. For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 1: Can Cultural Institutions Be Third Places?

Museum 2.0

Like many museum and library professionals, I am enamored of the idea of cultural institutions as “third places” – public venues for informal, peaceable, social engagement outside of home or work. Here are four surprising things Oldenburg describes about third places—characteristics I think would be quite difficult for cultural institutions to assume: The primary attraction of a third place is the patrons, not the décor, the hosts, or the activities provided by management.

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Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

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Plan for the meeting to last around 30 minutes and include a review of the organization’s history, mission, and board structure/requirements on the agenda. Nonprofit Management ambassadors Arts & Cultural Arts & Culture board members board of directors engagement strategies nonprofit board nonprofit board of directorsEngaged board members are instrumental advocates and ambassadors for your nonprofit organization.

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Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

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By centering your work around constituents, you not only enable the type of supporter-driven frameworks required by today’s standards, but also structure yourself for success. Arts & Cultural Companies Faith Communities Foundations Healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools Nonprofit Nonprofit Management Social Good connected office; collaborationYear after year, professionals in the sector keep coming back to that dreaded word, “silos.”

NetCentric Advocacy: Identity Production in a Networked Culture

Network-Centric Advocacy

Group Priority Tool for Campains and Shared Task » February 20, 2006 Identity Production in a Networked Culture First.danah boyd rocks. Second, this analysis of myspace is really interesting in that it jumps into the culture shifts. What were seeing right now is a cultural shift due to the introduction of a new medium and the emergence of greater restrictions on youth mobility and access."."youth Link: Identity Production in a Networked Culture.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Join other data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for two days of skillfully-led sessions on topics ranging from aligning practice with policy to creating a culture of data, and how Silicon Valley is facilitating data practices in civil society. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. 2018 Nonprofit Talent & Culture Summit. It fuels the programs and movements that shape our culture across communities. It's finally here!

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

The Innovation Festival aligns a community of innovators and agitators, bringing to life the future of business and culture with a mix of playfulness and sophistication, captivating keynotes, hands-on workshops, and intimate site visits at the most dynamic studios, startups, and centers of creativity in New York City. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference.

10 Breakthrough Planned Giving Insights from Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Latest Report

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Due to their efforts, which include intensive training for planned gift fundraisers and building a staff culture that values planned giving, today 20-25% of donations they receive each year come from planned gifts. Training and team structure is key Another lesson learned by the Nature Conservancy over decades of planned giving work was that structuring their planned giving team around different types of planned gifts was more effective than dividing fundraisers based on geography.

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How to Stare Down Organizational Change and Win

Connection Cafe

Instead of just plugging the holes and bailing water, maybe what you need to be more effective is some structural reorganization. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Management bbcon 2019 nonprofit fundraising organizational changeFocus on the things you can control. Easier said than done, right? The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that 51% of fundraisers plan to leave their current nonprofit within 2 years.

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Why Your Membership Program Isn’t Resonating with Millennials (And What You Can Do About It)

Connection Cafe

So…why aren’t they giving to your cultural organization? The truth is your carefully crafted current membership and donor benefit structure may not be resonating with millennials. Here’s what your membership or donor benefit structure might look like today: Free admission. Nonprofit Marketing Arts & Cultural Membership millennials

Self Care in the Museum Workplace

Connection Cafe

Seema) In some museum work places, the culture of stress is tied to perceived effort, as you mention. Each museum staff has its own culture born of the particular challenges of their own work. But as Seema says, wellness is contextual—fit-test these ideas to your culture before you wade in. Q: How do you talk to your leadership team about creating a culture that recognizes that work is not 24/7 and that that is not and should not be an expectation?

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Guest Post by Lina Srivastava: Building Cultural Engagement for Change Through Media and Narrative

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is also a thread I've been examining in the engagement frameworks I've been co-creating, for Transmedia Activism , which looks at how one uses cross-platform distribution of content, co-creation networks and shared authorship to engage activists toward change; and for Modeling Global Change , which uses design thinking, user experience and structured narrative to examine partnership, influence and stakeholder collaboration toward parallel action and systemic change.

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How to Know When to Dissolve Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

This is less likely with larger, structural problems, but if you’re a niche organization with a highly specific mission, it’s completely possible. Culture Featured Nonprofit ManagementIt’s never fun to think about the worst-case scenario. And if things are going well for your organization, it might seem to make little sense to do so. Often it’s clear when to dissolve, but other times the warning signs are more subtle.

Why Your Membership Program Isn’t Resonating with Millennials (And What You Can Do About It)

Connection Cafe

So…why aren’t they giving to your cultural organization? The truth is your carefully crafted current membership and donor benefit structure may not be resonating with millennials. Here’s what your membership or donor benefit structure might look like today: Free admission. Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural Membership millennials

Silos Culture Inside the Walls of Nonprofits Prevent Effective Social Media Use

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Sam's story illustrates the pressing need for culture change within nonprofits or as colleague, Allison Fine , puts it "organizational silos prevent people from empowering their edge." . In a post called " The Cultural Challenge to Integration ," he makes a case that short-term experiments can't harness the power of social media unless there is full organizational engagement. He suggests an "organizational gut check" about organizational culture. Flickr Photo by Eqqman.

The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

Connection Cafe

Once you determine the purpose of your fundraiser, you can structure the event and outline your goals. Nonprofit Fundraising Arts & Cultural Fundraising Event Planning fundraising eventsFundraising events are an exciting and useful tool for exposing your mission to the community. Every event serves similar purposes: networking, increasing revenue and generating awareness.

Webinar Recap: Rebel in a Polyester Sash: How Breaking the Rules Builds Better Organizational Culture

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She discovered that organizational health depends, in part, on organizational culture, and changing this culture was the key to innovation. Organizations must be able to innovate in order to survive, as Jessica points out in our webinar, “ Rebel in a Polyester Sash: How Breaking the Rules Builds Better Organizational Culture ”. Breaking away from the traditional workplace environment and structure allowed Jessica and her team to unleash their creativity.