The Essential Mission of Arts Organizations

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on May 29, 2015

Robert Evans dissects two recent articles that, at first glance, seem quite different. But both raise questions about the fundamental role of arts and culture organizations. Weaving together a sophisticated case, Evans argues that core mission of arts organizations must be to instill a love and appreciation of the arts in as broad a segment of society as possible. 

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#GivingTuesday – A Day the World Comes Together to Give

Written by Guest Blogger - Kait Sheridan | Posted on May 21, 2015

A representative of the 92Y, the organization that created #GivingTuesday, offers some advice for nonprofits on how to join the movement.

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The Dangerous Case of the Endless Meeting

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on May 21, 2015

A nonprofit’s volunteer resources are as important as its financial resources. One sure way for a nonprofit to squander such resources is to run pointless, endless board meetings. 

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Getting Started with #GivingTuesday

Written by Ross Kasper | Posted on May 18, 2015

In the first piece in a series on preparing for #GivingTuesday, we provide, concrete, initial steps that organizations can take to participate in a global social media and philanthropic phenomenon. 

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Celebrating a Milestone in Akron

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 22, 2015

Robert Evans returns to the “Rust Belt” and the congregation of his youth. He ends up spending as much time pondering the future as reliving the past.

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A Lesson in Managing Volunteer Resources

Written by Robert H. Isaacs | Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Nonprofit leaders tend to think of volunteer resources as infinite. In truth, volunteer resources are just as limited and precious as financial resources. 

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Nonprofit Endowments and Values-Driven Investing

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Current efforts to pressure colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies demonstrate why most nonprofits should adopt official investment policies – policies that take values into account. 

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How is Fundraising Like March Madness?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Apr 09, 2015

When the games is on the line, a team’s best player has to want the ball and embrace the pressure of taking the last shot. The same mentality comes in handy in the running of fundraising campaigns. 

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In Defense of Pre-Campaign Assessments

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 20, 2015

The author of a controversial, forthcoming book about philanthropy challenges the usefulness of Pre-Campaign Assessments. 

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The Need for Jewish Nonprofits to Lobby on Behalf of Charitable Giving

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 17, 2015

Jewish Federations of North America has taken a leading role in lobbying against any curtailment of tax deductions for charitable contributions. All Jewish groups should join in the effort.

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