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How should cultural institutions approach the challenge of sustainability?

Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that arts and culture organizations must develop flexible financial models.

How does the need for flexibility impact programming decisions?

Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about classifying all the things you do in terms of the financial and social return.

How should arts and culture organizations look at measuring their effectiveness?

Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the importance of measuring multiple dimensions of organizational performance.

Defining Values: A training for developing new opportunities for uncertain futures

In October 2011, three senior arts and education practitioners brought together 40 participants from 15 organizations in the UK to address practical and effective ways to strengthen the real value of the arts, thereby sustaining their varied revenue streams.

Finding Your Funding Model

Peter Kim, Gail Perreault and William Foster of the Bridgespan Group argue organizations often have a clearer vision of what their programs will be in five years than of the funding that will support them. They offer a road map for leaders seeking to develop appropriate funding models for their organizations.

Who Is Governing Whom? Senior Managers, Governance and the Structure of Generosity in Large U.S. Firms

Interesting new research from Christopher Marquis and Matthew Lee at Harvard Business School on key structural drivers of corporate philanthropy, including gender, CEO tenure, and board structure.

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results

The two sides of strategy: collaboration and competition, covered in the book “Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results”

The price behind the choices we make

This piece from last week’s Marketplace is good food for thought given the increasing competition for audiences’ time and money.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

The arts aren’t under the microscope of evidence-based funding today, but this shift in the thinking around us is already starting to inform the thinking of the program officers and donors upon which we rely.

Faith, hope and charities: the public trusts charities more than any other type of organisation. But measuring do-gooding risks shattering some illusions

An interesting article on the relationship of trust between charities and the public.

Billy Beane and Outcomes: What Can Baseball Tell the Nonprofit World About Measures and Measurement?

A fresh look at empirically driven outcome measures; from the “moneyball” guys. What do you think of the lessons they take away from the example?

Has the existing nonprofit model outlived its usefulness?

Douglas McLennan, Editor of ArtsJournal, discusses the changing landscape for commercial and nonprofit arts and culture organizations.