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Pushing Charities Off the Fiscal Cliff?

Last week, I had the privilege of leading a diverse group of advocates from across the spectrum of the charitable sector to congressional offices in support of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s “Protect Giving – D.C. Days.” You cannot escape talk of the oft-mentioned “fiscal cliff” and the looming lethal combination of major federal spending reductions […]

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Listening to Members to Develop Loyalty

TweetYesterday at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Antonio, attendees engaged in a session that asked them to reconsider the classic membership model and theory behind membership and subscription programs. As we are circling around this concept of “the new normal,” we must begin to look at the fact that the changing […]

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Social Media Demographics: Using the Right Tools to Reach Your Audience

Have you ever wondered if it’s worth your time to start that Pinterest page for your organization or business? Is it important that you know what Digg is? Thankfully, OnlineMBA.com has pulled together a fantastic infographic that will help you determine if Facebook is better for your message or if you should hurry up and […]

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Without the Data, You’re Just Another Person with an Opinion

Three years before writing Future Shock in 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler first wrote The Art of Measuring the Arts, and noted, “A cultural data system is needed to provide information for rational policy-making in the cultural field and to assist those outside the field in understanding their impact on it.” This week, Americans for the […]

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Making Arts Advocacy A Way of Life

On a recent visit to a community arts center, I was struck by the effortless inclusion of advocacy in the director’s curtain speech. Plugs for the city rolled off her tongue like: “Don’t forget to check out our wonderful restaurants,” and my favorite, “If you’re looking for a new place, you should buy here—it’s a […]

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Group Therapy in the Arts: The Mega Church Model

The Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL has an annual weekly attendance of 24,000 people. It’s what is referred to as a “mega church.” I remember details about this church opaquely from a history of modern Christianity class. It’s the organizational model they created I remember most. Obviously 24,000 people don’t smoothly pull […]

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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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Spread the word about the Cultural Trust and other news from the Oregon Arts Commission

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Spread the word about the Oregon Cultural Trust The Arts Build Community in Oregon: FY12 grants announced Artists Fuel Oregon’s Economy: New Career Opportunity Grants announced Congress Adopts Obama Levels of Funding for Arts & Humanities Oregon Arts Commission Announces February 1 Deadline For Capacity Grant Applications for Arts Organization

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Are You Worried About Your Arts Education Program’s Future?

Anyone with their eyes open today can’t help but wonder if those “gloom and doomers” might at least be partly right — should we be worried for our organizations’ survival? And if so, with many arts organizations closing their doors, what we do to keep ours open? CREATIVE PRAGMATISM For decades now, arts programs have […]

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