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News + Updates: Minneapolis Theme

Teams Selected for Finance

Nine teams will participate in National Arts Strategies’ Finance seminar this October in Minneapolis. These teams represent a broad mix of disciplines and budget sizes. Teams will explore financial tools to effectively communicate and make decisions about how they use resources to help ensure mission fulfillment and organizational success. Congratulations to the accepted teams!



Apply for Finance by July 20

In this video, Tracy S. Harris, NAS Board Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of The BondFactor Company LLC, discusses her ideas about how organizations can leverage existing resources.

Are you using your assets to help ensure the health and stability of your organization? Part of the Business of Arts and Culture series, National Arts Strategies’ Finance seminar is designed to give your team the tools to effectively communicate and make decisions about how you use resources to help ensure mission fulfillment and organizational success. Finance takes place in Minneapolis October 11-12 and includes discussions of value creation, financial models, cost drivers and risk led by Dr. Greg Reilly, whose research focuses on strategic risk-taking, executive team goals, incentive compensation and financial decision-making.

Would your senior management team benefit from these discussions? Learn more about Finance and apply by next Friday, July 20 »


Are you comfortable talking about finance?

Finance can be an intimidating issue for many administrators. Limited budgets and today’s challenging economy affect all areas of an organization, but those outside the finance department often shy away from financial conversations, claiming ignorance of accounting practices or fear of numbers. How we can approach seemingly challenging or stress-inducing financial matters in a way that enables us to make stronger strategic decisions that help ensure mission achievement and organizational effectiveness?

At NAS’ Finance seminar, October 11-12 in Minneapolis, teams will explore these tough and often confusing issues to develop a common understanding of how financial decision-making impacts all areas of their organizations. Participants will learn to identify the critical revenue, cost and risk factors that drive overall financial performance; they will develop their abilities to communicate financial information to donors, board members and other stakeholders in a meaningful and compelling way and they will learn to put together strong financial arguments that reinforce organizational strategy.

Recent Finance attendee Beth Schoeppler, Managing Director of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, shares, “I think the beauty of the finance seminar is that it brings non-finance staff into a greater understanding of the story each budget tells and helps them see finance as a tool for articulating and understanding priorities and making program investment decisions.”

Who in your organization would benefit from attending Finance? To learn more about Finance, visit the seminar page or click here to apply »


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 »