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News + Updates: governance Theme

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Journey Continues

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants on the University of Pennsylvania campus during the March 2015 convening

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants on the University of Pennsylvania campus during the March 2015 convening

The next phase of the journey for participants in our Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy has started! Participants have finished the core courses in the program: Arts & Culture Strategy and Arts & Culture Finance. Last week, they ventured on their custom paths, taking part in three electives over the next few months.

Electives in the program include Strategic Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media Strategies, Impact Management, Nonprofit Governance in Practice and Community & Collaboration. The elective courses are taught by leading professors and practitioners in the field, such as urban planning and comprehensive community revitalization expert Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and Dr. Sherrie A. Madia, Executive Director of Communications, External Affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, among others. They feature case studies from cultural institutions such as NOCCA and the 11th Street Bridge Park and grapple with the relevant issues of organizations such as The Denver Zoo.

Following the electives, participants will convene for a final time at the University of Pennsylvania in August. While in Philadelphia, participants will put the skills they’ve gained over the year to the test, hone their leadership skills and share their final program portfolios with their colleagues.

Participants in the program are leaders in arts and culture organizations all over the world. Learn more about members of the cohort »

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Governance issues for nonprofits

Governance is an important issue to nonprofits, and it’s been discussed widely in recent days. Take a look at these articles of note:

Nonprofit Arts Orgs and the Boards That Love Them »

Boards Can’t Police Charities, So New Oversight Measures Are Urgently Needed »

Stars Shine Brighter When They’re on the Board »

Are you interested in rethinking your board’s structure or role? How do you evaluate your board’s structure, practices and effectiveness?


Are you ready for change?

In a recent post on the Nonprofit Law Blog, “Change is Good,” Gene Takagi discusses common challenges and fears surrounding organizational change, and some of the ways in which board members can be advocates for positive change within the organizations they steward.  To overcome some of these barriers, Takagi recommends tactics such as dedicating meeting time to focus on the change, using a facilitator, creating committees and so on.

These are all great tips. It’s also important to determine if the board you have is staffed and structured to effectively manage the change you wish to effect. Taking the time to evaluate board performance and exploring the different ways in which your board can serve the organization will help you in determining if you have the right mix of support and structure to take on change. At National Arts Strategies’ Strategic Governance seminar, teams of board members and senior managers develop the skills to assess governance within their organizations using a self-evaluation tool. Building on an advance survey, seminar content will focus on the needs of attending teams and will include discussion of case studies, mini-lectures and practical exercise to help teams work together to improve organizational governance.

Does your organization have the leadership required to successfully navigate change? Learn more about Strategic Governance or apply with your team to join us in Miami November 15-16 »


Does your board need an update?

How does your organization today compare to its original form? It’s likely you’ve experienced some change – maybe in programming, audience or revenue structure. We’re constantly under pressure to explore new models and new funding sources.  Advances in technology have changed the way we design and deliver some services, and also how we work. All of these changes have great implications for organizational structure and leadership. Does your board reflect these changes? Do the skills of your trustees reflect the current needs of your organization?

Examining your board performance and structure can be pivotal in helping you move to the next phase of your work. At Strategic Governance, you and your board will learn frameworks for analyzing governance performance and practice an advanced self-evaluation instrument you can use and reuse to ensure continued improvement.

Join us November 15-16 in Miami for Strategic Governance to develop your understanding of how board and staff can work together to steward an organization toward its goals. Learn more about Strategic Governance or apply by August 24 »



Apply for Finance and Strategic Governance Seminars

Applications for the 2012 presentations of Finance and Strategic Governance are now available on the National Arts Strategies website.

Presented October 11-12 in Minneapolis, Finance will give your leadership team the tools to make effective and sustainable financial decisions best suited to your organization and mission. Apply by July 20 »

Strategic Governance, held November 15-16 in Miami, combines concepts, frameworks and a structured self-evaluation tool to help your organization rethink your approach to governance. Apply by August 24 »

Business of Arts and Culture seminars are presented as “name your own tuition” events, so your team can attend Finance or Strategic Governance at a price that works within your budget. In addition, NAS will offer travel support for teams from outside each seminar area.  Learn more about seminar pricing »



Fellowship Recipients for Strategic Governance

Thirteen teams will be attending Strategic Governance in Chicago, December 2-3 with a 2010 Organization Fellowship. All fellowship recipients were selected through a competitive application process and will attend the seminar at no cost. In addition to the $1250 fellowship covering the full-tuition for the seminar, participants from outside the Chicago metropolitan area will also receive up to $600 per person to help offset the travel and lodging costs. Fellowship recipients include: (more…)


Strategic Governance Deadline This Friday

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a team of staff and board members to Chicago December 2-3 to focus on improving your organization’s governance. This working-session will help your organization create conditions and build relationships that can react to change, contribute to good decisions and good governance.

Strategic Governance will be presented with Organization Fellowships covering the full $1250 team tuition. Additional travel support will be available for teams from outside the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline to apply is this Friday, October 8.

Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process designed to identify a diverse mix of medium and large organizations with clear goals for their participation. Because Strategic Governance is inherently a collaborative effort, teams must include at least one board member to be eligible.

Apply now »


How well does your board “fit?”

One of the keys to great governance is having the right fit between your board of directors and your organization. There are different types (or working styles) of boards and the best one for your organization will depend on a variety of factors. For example, most organizations need hands-on help from the board when they are first starting up, while more mature organizations have professional staff to oversee day-to-day operations, and rely on the board to determine the strategy and secure the resources necessary to achieve the mission.

This concept of fit is not just a matter of having the right board for your organization, it also applies to the people who serve on your board. Some people want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as a board member, whereas others are more interested in metrics or helping solve problems only when they arise. Board members who are high-performing on one type of board may perform poorly when on a different type of board. Having poorly matched board members can create problems – like disengagement – within your board and for your organization.

There are two main questions when trying to improve the fit of your board: what value can your board best add to your organization? How can you optimize the board structure, procedures and recruitment process to enable that?

The NAS Strategic Governance seminar is an opportunity for your board and staff leadership to work together for two days, identifying ways in which your board could better provide value to your organization and creating an action plan for aligning your board structure and procedures to meet those needs. We will be presenting Strategic Governance in Chicago December 2-3 with full-tuition fellowships. Apply before the October 8 deadline »


From the Experts: The Importance of Nonprofit Governance

Our Strategic Governance seminar (which we are presenting in Chicago, December 2-3) features two expert faculty, Warren Boeker, Ph.D. of the University of Washington and Rob Wiltbank, Ph.D. of Willamette University. Professors Boeker and Wiltbank sat down to talk with us about the critical role of governance in nonprofit organizations. Watch these clips to hear what they have to say, and let us know what your thoughts are about the value and role of the board of directors in arts and culture nonprofits: (more…)


Is your governance great?

You know about the benefits of good governance – a shared commitment to mission achievement and organizational sustainability. But how do you evaluate governance? How do you know if your governance is great?

Governance includes a wide range of activities, such as financial oversight, strategy formulation, and securing resources required for long-term organizational health. The tricky part of evaluating governance is that great governance is particular to each individual organization. The key to assessing your organization’s governance is determining what your organization needs from the board of directors and evaluating how well the board is meeting those specific needs. (more…)