Below you will find information on the next Big Read grant, three items from the Artful Manager blog, two items from Nonprofit Online News on social networking, the last two panels on the NEA Forum, big savings on GrantStation membership, Board Cafe-Blue Avocado: Six Ways to Know If It’s Time to Leave and A Board Member “Contract.”
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Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.
Application Deadline Feb 2, 2010To download the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read Web site.Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org
THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
I was in Chicago early this week, attending a small but intensive convening for Project Audience, an initiative seeking to improve the application of on-line technologies to engage audiences with the arts.
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2009
COLLABORATION IS A MUSCLE…
I’m often frustrated in group conversation and project work among arts organizations that we spend so much time exploring such narrow definitions of the problem. But my recent experience in Chicago is slowly teaching me to get over myself.
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009
GETTING BEYOND THE LEFT-BRAIN/RIGHT-BRAIN DEBATE…
Experience designer and strategist Peter Merholz calls a ‘time out’ on our growing boosterism for ‘design thinking’ in the world of business.
Is creative problem-solving important to the process? Sure it is, says Merholz, but so are a range of other skills and perspectives on BOTH sides of the brain.
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
+ The Message in the Cryptex: Gavin Clabaugh Answers the Social Media Question
Thank you, Gavin. I have been teaching social media for years now (since long before we were talking about “2.0” stuff) and I focus on meaningful, high impact strategies that leverage the strengths of particular organizations. But that isn’t what people want. They want an easy answer to how to use the brand of the season (today it’s Facebook or Twitter) to raise money. Anyone who promises easy answers (tips, tricks, hacks, etc) will attract an order of magnitude more interest than those who don’t. Frankly, the whole dynamic infuriates me.
So, it’s with enormous gratitude that I read The Message in the Cryptex by Gavin Clabaugh. With his trademark eloquence, he tackles this very same frustration. And believe it or not, he does have an answer. And it actually is an easy one. But chances are good that most of us still won’t like it.
+ Making Sense of Social Networking and Social Media
I recently recorded a social media seminar for the clients of a colleague whose work I admire. I wish I had had my hands on Adam Louie’s excellent introduction to the topic in Making Sense of Social Networking and Social Media. It’s got much less hype than usual and he avoids over-dramatic statements like “the end of email”. He’s got some solid numbers that underscore why it’s so important that we do social media inventories of our stakeholders. Did you know that one third of adults in the U.S. have a social network profile somewhere?
BARRY’S BLOG now: www.westaf.org/blog
NATIONAL FORUM ON THE NEA continuesNEA FORUM – PANEL 5 – PRIVATE SECTOR / ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
PARTICIPANTS: Kristen Madsen – Senior Vice-President The Grammy Foundation Terri Clark – Executive Director, The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences FoundationCary Sherman – President RIAA (Record Industry Association of America)Mary Luehrsen – Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations, NAMM (INTER-National Association of Music Manufacturers)
NEA FORUM – PANEL 6 – WORKING ARTISTSNEA FORUM CONCLUDES with PANEL 6 – WORKING ARTISTSPARTICIPANTS:Lily YehClaire LightLily KharraziHomer JacksonEugenie ChanDiem JonesRalph HelmickJames Bewley Paul McLean
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Board Cafe – Blue Avocado nonprofit magazine
Six Ways to Know If It’s Time to Leave
Feature Articles • By Tim Wolfred, Psy. D. • October 4, 2009
Are you tired, a bit listless? Maybe the demands of the job seem ever more burdensome, or the board seems increasingly dissatisfied, or your retirement clock is ticking. Do you need more than a megavitamin? Even better is this advice from Tim Wolfred, a pioneer and leader in the field of nonprofit executive transitions, on how executives can weigh both the organization’s needs, and the needs of their own heart.
Executive directors don’t have term limits. Although some executives are fired or forced out by boards, most executives make the determination themselves of when and how to leave. Like other life decisions, it takes awhile to come to the decision to leave, or to come to the decision to stay.
So how can you tell if it’s time to leave? Based on research and consulting with hundreds of nonprofit executives struggling with this question, we’ve developed six indicators — each with some follow-up steps — to help you with your thinking process.
Do one or more of these statements resonate with you?
1. I keep returning to this thought: the organization needs to go in a new direction (or to a new level) and I’m not the right person for it.
This is the most common reason given by executive directors who have decided to
To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/453
A Board Member “Contract”
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • October 9, 2009 •
One way to be sure that each person on the board is clear on his or her responsibilities is to adopt a board member “contract.” Not intended to be legally enforced, the contract outlines explicitly what is expected of individual board members, and how the organization will in turn be responsible to them.
This contract differs from similar documents in someimportant ways. While most board agreements describe board member responsibilities, this one also outlines the responsibilities of the organization to the board member. A key principle underlying this document is the board’s responsibility to hold the organization accountable to its constituencies and to the public. Just as important, the contract communicates core values about debate and disagreement, accountability, and board-staff relationships.
Sample Board Member Contract To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/455