Author Archives: Laura Mandeles

Nonprofit organizations are experiencing increases in service demand and rising expectations of deficit – these are the generalizations we have all been hearing. The Nonprofit Finance Fund has attached some hard data to these generalizations in a recent survey of … Continue reading

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The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is causing a stir with its new publication Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best. The premise of the report, stated in the Executive Summary, is that “Current philanthropic practice accomplishes many beneficial things, but … Continue reading

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The arts community has struggled with the challenge of communicating the value of the arts. While still believing in “arts for art’s sake,” arts advocates have felt compelled to make a series of arguments about economic impact, translating outcomes from … Continue reading

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We are currently working closely with clients to incorporate the current financial realities into planning, management, and marketing strategies, helping them navigate through these difficult times. Lots of other folks in our business are offering advice these days about how … Continue reading

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Even while facing the challenges of a difficult economy, the arts community is hopeful that Obama and Biden will bring new energy to government support and encouragement of cultural activity. Barack Obama’s platform on the arts includes increased support for … Continue reading

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The Bernard Madoff scandal is shaking the foundation world. Every day I read about another charity, philanthropist, or foundation that has been irreparably wounded by this fraud. Follow the link above to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which has collected coverage … Continue reading

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