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Beyond Financials

This week, we’re sharing reflections on the Summit at Sundance process and on the ideas leaders in…

Financial Sustainability of Recycling and Upcycling

The question of how an organization financially sustains a plastic baling twine recycling program in a rural community has been nagging me. Facilitating up-cycle exhibits featuring this material helps to raise awareness, but it doesn’t begin to address the problem.

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Research, Reports & Real People Talking About the Arts (Oh My!)

There’ve been many great responses to today’s posts and there are so many smart people…

The Under-resourced Nonprofit Sector – Crisis or Chimera?

What we do truly mean when we say that we are under-resourced?

Saying What We Mean

Last January, at NAS’ Chief Executive Program convening The New Nature of Relevance, I listened…

Finance au naturel

A wise person* once observed that it isn’t until that the tide goes out that…

The New Nature of Money

Changes in the environment – economic, demographic and social – may challenge the health of…

Charities’ Zero-Sum Filing Game

The minimalist ratings of nonprofit organizations, using overhead and fundraising ratios, are deeply flawed. Are…

How should cultural organizations approach budgeting?

Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, talks about the importance of relating dollars to objectives.

How should cultural organizations evaluate costs?

Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, suggests that when making program decisions the only costs that really matter are those that will change as a result of the decision.

What are some common pitfalls to avoid when contracting out?

Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, talks about the behavior of costs and the importance of clearly defining the activity to be outsourced.

What is a Logic Model?

Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the concept of logic models and how cultural organizations might use them.

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