Constructive Considerate Executive Transitions – An Example

Constructive, Considerate Executive Transitions – An Example

The importance of transition planning is a common topic of discussion for non-profits given current and anticipated retirements. A few years ago we offered a set of guidelines for planning the transition which included a pretty impressive toolkit generated by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. However it wasn’t until recently that I came across a specific example of an exemplary transition plan that had been been put into action. Barry Hessenius posted an interview with Janet Brown who retired as Executive Director of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) in December 2017. … Read more

With Great Research Comes Great Responsibility

With Great Research Comes Great Responsibility

One of the more positive developments in the last decade or so has been the increased investment in research about factors that impact arts and cultural organizations.  Even better news, in the last few years those assembling that information have started organizing the data and formatting it so that it is much easier to read and understand. The 2017 iteration of the Culture Track study we recently wrote about is one example. Instead of dense sections of text, information has been broken up into smaller segments and are accompanied by visualizations that … Read more

Board Chairs Blaze The Trail And Set The Pace

Board Chairs Blaze The Trail And Set The Pace

Since the board of directors is ultimately responsible for the governance and direction of a non-profit organization, the role of board chair is rather crucial. Recently Non-Profit Quarterly hosted a webinar titled, “The Pivotal Role of the Nonprofit Board Chair: Beyond Meeting Facilitation” which was based on the results of Board Source’s recent Leading With Intent study. As you might imagine, the leadership the board chair exhibited set the tone for the way the entire board operated, which in turn had an impact upon the job satisfaction experienced by the organization’s executive … Read more

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