Philadelphia Orchestra must expand donor base for financial stability | Napa nonprofits spent more than $418M in 2014 | Opinion: Nonprofits can help city planners beat obesity
July 12, 2016
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Philadelphia Orchestra must expand donor base for financial stability
The Philadelphia Orchestra sources 78% of its funding from 2% of its donors, according a report from DeVos Institute of Arts Management Chairman Michael Kaiser. Kaiser said the orchestra is financially vulnerable and must expand its donor base to achieve stability.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/4) 
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Napa nonprofits spent more than $418M in 2014
Nonprofits in Napa County, Calif., spent more than $418 million in 2014 and accounted for 15% of the county's economic activity, according to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership and the Napa Valley Coalition of Nonprofit Agencies. CVNL CEO Linda Davis said the report would encourage collaboration among local nonprofits, donors, policymakers and others interested in improving the county.
Napa Valley Register (Calif.) (7/5) 
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Opinion: Nonprofits can help city planners beat obesity
Nonprofits can help city planners curb obesity by sharing data on factors that encourage physical activity. Cities can promote activity by adding benches, adding lighting, and maintaining parks and sidewalks, said Center for Active Design Executive Director Joanna Frank.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (7/12) 
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Boards in Action
Nonprofit builds Children's Garden at Maine park
The Fort Williams Park Foundation has begun building a $400,000 garden area for children at Maine's Fort Williams Park. Board Member Andie Mahoney said the garden would encourage more children to spend time outdoors.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (7/11) 
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Strategic Leadership
Treat donors like friends to build better relationships
Nonprofit leaders can build strong, lasting relationships with donors by treating them like friends. That means making an effort to get to know them during the first interaction, listening to what they say and sharing news that reflects their interests and values.
B2C Marketing Insider (7/9) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Brooklyn Museum's Ask App drives visitor engagement
Brooklyn Museum's Ask App drives visitor engagement
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Brooklyn Museum's Ask App encourages visitor engagement by allowing users to anonymously interact with staff and ask questions, according to Manager of Audience Engagement and Interpretive Materials Sara Devine.
Hyperallergic (7/6) 
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Nonprofit Leaders in the News
Harvard Law alum donates $15M to internet center
Harvard Law School alum Michael Klein has donated $15 million to Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which will be renamed the Berkman Klein Center. "This gift helps ensure that Harvard Law School will remain at the forefront of problem solving as we confront and take advantage of the global and digital future," HLS Dean Martha Minow said.
The Register (U.K.) (7/5) 
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BoardSource News and Notes
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Webinar 101: Moving Social Media into the Boardroom
Board members can use social media and other online tools to promote their organizations and missions as well as recruit new board members. In this webinar, we'll match key board responsibilities to various social sharing platforms and provide tips for creating and curating content as it relates to those responsibilities. Join us on July 27.
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