New Year, New Strategy

New Year, New Strategy

Word of the day: Communicate     In most non profit organizations executive leadership is often stretched to the max with day to day operations. Do you ever wonder how often Executive Directors and Executive Board Committee’s take time to review strategic plans? Measuring with some accuracy the effectiveness and successful tracking of these plans? How often are organizations using info graphs to communicate with key stakeholders? The answer, not often enough. Welcome to the new year and ever critical self evaluation time for getting things functionally and organizationally on track. More importantly communicate with your donors and key stakeholders, provide a simple informational graphic. Nothing fancy, a simple set of measures sharing some good news and areas needing increased support. Staff levels Event Attendance Goals New Community Partnerships Program Numbers Grant Awards or Applications This is a sample of what JOE produced for one of our smallest clients (a staff of 4 and less than 500k annual revenues). This info graph became a wonderfully effective communication tool that enabled the organization to increase donations and cultivate new relationships. Tool kits for effective management and marketing should always include pieces that are effective, easy to update, measure and report. The main thing is…communicate early in the calendar year and remember this is a work in progress. And remember…never fear JOE is near. Connect and let the JOE team create something useful…happy New...
Philanthropy Inspired

Philanthropy Inspired

In the competitive world of Museum and Performing Arts it is critical that Ambassadors, Trustees and Board Members understand the relevance of mission, vision, value, innovation versus duplication and redundancy. Education and collective understanding lead to intellectual rewards, better investments and greater commitment levels. In the current nonprofit world Board Members are increasingly expected to be the most active fundraising collective in the organization. Staff supports the Boards ability to play rainmakers. Funding acquired through State and Federal resources are extremely unreliable, unsustainable and competitive. Critical advancement requires financial planning and strategic planning. The Board Member must be prepared for the responsibility and commitment. Ambassadors and Trustees making financial commitments not only are attracted based on relationship development and peer to peer network but also based on education, personal growth and passion. Neglecting the educational and social needs of these financial investors is quickly becoming non-competitive. Research conducted by the Americans for the Arts provided insight into effective Board, Trustee and Ambassador expectations. The surveys also provide specific insight as to who is the most likely to give funding and the expectations of patrons associated to experience. The greatest innovation in accelerating and attracting individual giving was based on providing public access, collaborative arts experiences and the ability to educate through experiential learning; Travel Opportunity and Sponsored Travel associated with social media ambassadors. In the case of most funds raised by Trustees and Board Members it included; Educational Experience, Field Studies, International Cultural Partnerships, Educational Retreats. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt  purpose The Wall Street...