Author Archives: Joe Kluger

Although Ira Gershwin said, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” that is not the case for most non-profit arts and culture groups, including those which operate on an academic calendar or June 30 fiscal year. The quest to generate more … Continue reading

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My wife and I attend a lot of galas, as a way to spend time with friends and colleagues in our community and to support a variety of great organizations and causes. To be successful raising money from a gala … Continue reading

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The traditional focus of nonprofit decision-making practice has been a discussion around the allocation of authority and responsibility among those at the top of the organizational pyramid. Which decisions require the approval of the chief executive (and is she functioning … Continue reading

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Many people have written about the need for non-profit arts and culture groups to have board-approved succession plans for addressing planned or unplanned leadership transitions. Foundations often require grantees to have up-to-date succession plans, as a governance “best-practice” metric and, … Continue reading

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French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has energized liberals, who share his thesis that income inequality is an inherent feature of capitalism that can be reversed only through government intervention, and caused a stir among conservatives, who naturally … Continue reading

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With the sensory overload of the holidays in full swing, I was heartened by the success this week of #GivingTuesday, a national day to encourage charitable giving at the start of the holiday season. The initiative began last year when its … Continue reading

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There was a severe drought this past summer covering over 60% of the country, which made it one of the driest on record. Since the economic crisis in 2008, arts and culture groups have also experienced continued desiccation of the … Continue reading

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When I started working in the arts over 30 years ago, IBM equipment was ubiquitous in the administrative offices. Everyone used a Selectric typewriter (which corrected typos); the Subscription department had a “cutting edge” System 360 mainframe computer (that took … Continue reading

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Although I don’t have an iPhone or Mac, my wife and children all do, which has helped me to understand the outpouring of consumer grief at the recent death of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. I’ve been struck in reading the … Continue reading

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I’ve been reading with interest an ARTSblog debate (initiated by this provocative piece from Valerie Beaman) questioning whether the 501(c)(3) nonprofit model remains the best option for arts and culture groups that are having more difficulty than ever balancing the inherent organizational … Continue reading

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