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Do Arts Organizations Still Need Subscription Models?

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Building new, diverse audiences is one of the most important challenges today’s nonprofit arts organizations face. With technology transforming the way audiences consume entertainment, a growing competitive landscape, and psychological barriers to the arts world lingering for decades, it is more difficult than ever for these organizations to find new audiences at the rate in which they need to replace audiences that no longer exist.

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Donor Advised Funds 101

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy released  their annual rankings of America’s largest beneficiaries of nonprofit philanthropy, known as the Philanthropy 400. The top recipient of funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 may come as a surprise. United Way? Catholic Charities? Nope. The Fidelity Charitable Giving Fund topped the list at $4.6 billion.

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The Secret to Conflict Resolution

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement

Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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How to Be a Constantly Developing Development Professional

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Like many of us, I came upon a career in development by happenstance. As a new graduate with fresh eyes on my budding career, May 2008 was a less than stellar time to hit the job market. In order to counteract the declining job market, I spruced up my resume to cast a wider net - I knew hiring trends were telling me to look beyond traditional routes.

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4 Strategies For Remote Teams

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There are a lot of perks to working remotely: No long commutes to work, access to a wider pool of talent, being able to work from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere), and lower overhead, among other things.

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How to Respond to Crisis and Chaos

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement Part II

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Leadership Institute: A Year of Advancement, is an ongoing series that shares the experiences of our 15 cohort members as they focus on developing their leadership and management skills through monthly workshops.

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Management Skills: Not Just for Supervisors

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We all know that weekly one-on-ones with direct reports aren't the only situations in which employees use management skills. You can manage up or across; you can manage projects or expectations; and you don't have to be someone's supervisor to be a leader. That said, it can be difficult to prove you're ready to lead people and teams if no one has ever reported to you. Read on to find five ways to flex your management muscles when you don't have direct reports, and show your superiors that you're up to the challenge when a leadership opportunity comes your way.

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Leadership Institute Reflection: Michelle McSweeney


Michelle McSweeney, a member of the 2016 Leadership Institute cohort, shares her experience participating in the program and discovering her growth potential as a leader in the nonprofit field. Applications for YNPN Chicago's annual Leadership Institute open each fall. 

I started my career in the nonprofit sector as an unpaid intern with the American Red Cross, and today serve as the Manager for our Service to the Armed Forces and International Services programs. My goal is to ensure that our refugee communities and military families in Chicago are not only prepared for an emergency, but also can find and connect with their loved ones across the globe when disaster strikes.

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How to Make a Giving Tuesday Video

Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching, but there is still time to put together a short video to help publicize your campaign. Many of us have found this new giving tradition to be an excellent tool for connecting with new donors, while leveraging social media and email marketing to tell our client's stories and communicating the importance of our mission. Online video is an essential to making those connections, but where to start?

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