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News + Updates: Miami Theme

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 »



Creative Alliances Fellowship Recipients

Thirteen teams will be attending Creative Alliances in Miami, February 25-26 with an Organization Fellowship. All fellowship recipients were selected through a competitive application process and will attend the seminar at no cost. In addition to the full-tuition fellowship, participants from outside the Miami metropolitan area will also receive up to $600 per person to help offset the travel and lodging costs. Fellowship recipients include: (more…)


Last week to apply for Creative Alliances

This Friday – December 17 – is the deadline to apply to attend Creative Alliances with a full-tuition fellowship. Bring your team to this timely seminar to focus on two critical questions: under what circumstances are alliances appropriate for your mission, needs and environment? And, if undertaken, what form should these initiatives take and what factors will aid their success?

This two-day seminar will engage your team in case study analysis and class discussions that will help your team rethink your approach to collaboration. You will gain tools and frameworks for identifying and analyzing potential partnerships which you will apply in interactive exercises with your team. By the end of the session, your team will have the tools to more effectively identify and pursue mutually beneficial collaboration. See a detailed description of the seminar sessions »

Creative Alliances is being presented February 25-26 in Miami. All participating teams will receive an Organization Fellowship covering the full tuition for a team of up to six. Travel support will also be available to teams attending from outside the Miami metropolitan area to help with the costs of travel and lodging. A simple application process is being used to ensure there is a diverse mix of organizations in the classroom with clear goals for their participation.

Apply now before it’s too late »


Creative Alliances Deadline December 17

This time of year focus is often in short supply. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend the NAS Creative Alliances seminar in Miami with an Organization Fellowship. Be sure to get your team together and submit your application before the December 17 deadline. Apply now »

In a time when everyone is talking about collaboration, you need to be sure that you’re partnering with the right organizations for the right reasons – not just jumping on the bandwagon. The NAS Creative Alliances seminar will challenge your team to think more strategically about the alliances you seek and maintain – no matter what their form and scope.

You and your team will spend two days working with two outstanding professors, Walter Powell of Stanford University and Jeanette Colyvas of Northwestern University. They will guide your team through class discussions and team exercises that will help you identify ways to better leverage your networking abilities and set the stage for more productive collaborations with other organizations. By the end of the seminar you’ll have a better idea of when and how to develop alliances that are mutually beneficial and advance your organization’s vision within your own community.

All participating teams will attend with an Organization Fellowship covering the cost of tuition for a team of up to six. Participants from outside the Miami metropolitan area will also be eligible to receive travel support to help with the costs of travel and lodging. Fellowships will be awarded based on a simple application process.

Apply now »


Get the right people to the table to build more effective collaborations

Collaborations and partnerships can have a broad impact on an organization, often requiring critical resources from any number of departments including programs, marketing, finance and senior management. But how often are all of those departments at the table to assess your organization’s opportunities and craft an approach that respects the existing demands on the parties involved? NAS’ Creative Alliances seminar is a two-day working session designed to help cross-departmental leadership teams explore critical questions like: (more…)


Creative Alliances first seminar presented with Organization Fellowship in 2011

NAS will kick off 2011 with its Creative Alliances seminar in Miami, February 25-26. This two-day working session is your opportunity to bring your team together to think more strategically about the alliances you seek and maintain. You and your team will gain practical tools that enable you to determine when and how to develop, maintain, and maximize productive collaborations. (more…)