managing upward

Why We Need To Be Okay With Millennials Managing Upwards

With 53.5 million Millennials in the workplace, chances are very high that you have come across one at work. You probably have some working in the office next to you. A February 2016 article on The Next Web (TNW) focuses on how businesses should be accepting and adapting to millennial’s use of technology in the workplace and be looking for ways to incorporate their tech-savviness. The article has interesting conclusions on that front, but it leads to deeper thoughts about how millennials are and can be working with work colleagues from other generations who … Read more

Giving Tuesday

UPDATE: Getting Ready For Giving Tuesday

In October, 2015, I wrote an ArtsHacker article all about preparing your organization for Giving Tuesday.  Now in it’s 5th year, it’s on November 29, a few days earlier than last year. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (as in Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday).  It is designed to kick off the last bit of charitable giving for the year and create a sort-of party atmosphere around giving. According to, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised more than $116,000,000. I’m certain there are arts … Read more

volunteer management

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Volunteer?

One of the best hats that I get to wear is that of “Volunteer Coordinator.” My organization works with about 60 different volunteers during our concert season, another 100 who volunteer for our annual special event fundraiser, and another 30 who volunteer to serve year-round on our board of directors. ArtsHacker authors have published several great posts that deal with a variety of volunteer issues. But an article that came across my newsfeed recently, made me pause and think about my work with volunteers. The title alone is thought provoking: Volunteer Management: Are We … Read more