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The Under-Resourced Nonprofit Sector – Crisis or Chimera?

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

Comments We Can’t Ignore

This week, a guest column by Robert Reich entitled “What ‘charity’ should really mean” appeared on the Christian…

Goldilocks and the Three Bowls of Data

Barring residence under a rock or an other-worldly state of bliss, it is unlikely that…

Holding Up the Arts: Can we sustain what we’ve created? Should we?

A transcript of Diane Ragsdale’s speech in which she examined the meaning and implications of sustainability and the life cycle of organizations, including the idea that death is a necessary part of the arts ecosystem.

Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

Doug Borwick of the popular ArtsJournal blog Engaging Matters has released a new book, Building Communities,…

Local Faces: D.C.’s Local and National Art Scene

A panel conversation exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that local arts organizations and artists face when sharing a city with national museums.

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…

Guthrie Theater’s debt to women and diversity

Do nonprofit cultural organizations have a particular responsibility to reach into and represent all parts of the community?  Does the benefit of nonprofit status require us to take more risks than commercial theatre?

Orchestras at the Cross Roads

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, provides a clear-eyed view…

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

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

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.

A Social Competitiveness Index

A global discussion to define and track the things that make a society capable of social innovation.

The Limits of Nonprofit Impact – HBS Working Paper

This working paper argues that while performance measurement is a helpful management tool, it is not always appropriate to focus on impacts depending on the scale and scope of an organization’s activities and theory of change.

The Four Horsemen of the Nonprofit Financial Apocalypse

In this article Clara Miller, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, identifies nonprofit best practices and assumptions which have amplified the impact of the economic downturn on many organizatio

Nonprofits, Innovation, and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction

A recent study from Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies on constraints on innovation in the NP sector (incl. arts specifically).

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving and Volunteering, 2009

This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities, as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two vital resources to the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Reserves Workgroup

A great resource for board members and staff members to test knowledge and learn more about operating (sometimes called cash) reserves.

The Smart Marketplace: Bridging the Gaps in Arts Leadership Training

Many discussions about the field’s leadership gap focus on two general impressions: there are not enough prospective leaders or there aren’t enough professional development opportunities – but is it that simple?

The Cost of Information Sharing in Philanthropy

What is the “right” way for not-for-profit professionals to balance their commitment to achieving a vision and their need to care for themselves, their employees, and their families?