I Dont Always Volunteer

It’s National Volunteer Week, What’s Your Volunteer Story?

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week where organizations can recognize and thank volunteers for everything that offer. We're curious to hear your stories; take a moment to share something in the comment section and while you’re thinking about that, here are some volunteer oriented topics and resources. In the meantime, we have all sorts of volunteer topic oriented articles at ArtsHacker covering everything from special software you can use to help screen volunteers, hacks on improving organization skills, protecting yourself and your volunteers with the right kinds of waivers, and tools to help ... Read more
What Jeff Bezos Can Teach Arts Organizations

What Jeff Bezos Can Teach Arts Organizations

Recently, Business Insider published Jeff Bezos’ latest letter to Amazon shareholders.  As I read it, I kept thinking how applicable his words are to arts organizations. As arts administrators, we often exist in our own nonprofit arts organization bubble and compare ourselves only to what others in our industry are doing.  Of course, it is important to know what our peers are doing, but this is a dangerous practice because there is so much to be learned from broadening our view. More importantly, we must always remember that our patrons are not comparing us … Read more

Protecting Yourself Against Embezzling Grannies

Protecting Yourself Against Embezzling Grannies

Every couple months the treasurer tells our board of directors how easy it would be to embezzle funds due to the lack of sufficient checks and balances. She is especially wary of the fact that current technology allows her to have the bank generate checks at her request rather than having to issue a physical check. The organization is lucky because she has taken the lead on creating better processes and policies, including moving the bulk of the money to an account that is more difficult to access and takes longer to … Read more

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