8 Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

Over the years, NAF has worked with a wide range of arts organizations: small, large, urban, rural, and spanning an array of mediums, audiences, and missions.

There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

Ways to talk about organizational leadership challenges without blaming the people who got it off the ground

We’ve all heard the phrase when there’s trouble in a nonprofit: “Founder’s Syndrome.” It means, in essence: the organization’s difficulty can be laid at the feet of the person whose creative energy got things going in the first place.

Piece by Piece, Putting it Together

The last four months feels more like four weeks; it’s gone by so quickly. As you probably know, on Jan. 1, 2017, MAP for Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund merged to become one organization, offering a broader and deeper range of programs and services for nonprofits. Our larger team of staff, volunteers, and board members has accomplished a lot in the last four months, and we’re excited about much more to come.

Here’s an update:

When it Adds Up Just Right: Merger Announcement

When does one plus one equal five, or maybe even ten? When you can multiply as well as add. That kind of arithmetic is why I’m so excited to announce that the Boards of Directors of both Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits have approved the merger of the two organizations effective January 1, 2017.

Myth (and Facts) about Nonprofit Social Enterprise

Nonprofit management and strategy topics seem to come in waves for me at Nonprofits Assistance Fund. The theme of the last quarter seems to be earned income and nonprofit social enterprise.  While the specific questions and ideas vary widely, there are some ongoing myths about social enterprise that I hear over and over that need to be dispelled. The myths fall into three categories:

 

Myth #1:  We can’t do that!