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Even the tightest and most thoroughly constructed budget can leave an organization open to cash flow fluctuations that may severely impact its ability to conduct smooth ongoing operations. This session is a primer in the art of recognizing and interpreting signals in your organization’s Balance Sheet, and providing increased visibility into future pressures to your bank accounts. It is a Q&A based workshop in the practical implications of cash flow.
Please note: This session is hands on. Bring a calculator or a device with a spreadsheet to get the most out of the material.For more documents, please visit: artsfinance.com/?p=478
Clothing is a tool for non-verbal communication. What message do you and your staff send – to each other and to the public? In this session, you’ll learn how to master the art of presenting yourself to the world in a way that supports your individual and corporate goals. We’ll also discuss how to develop a dress code for your organization (from posture to perfume) that helps you put your best foot forward.
Adrienne Valencia, wardrobe stylist & image consultant, Nothing to Wear?; director of education & community engagement, San Diego Symphony
Many otherwise sophisticated fundraising programs run aground on their inability to create and implement systems for asking their donors to consider giving bigger gifts. A development director or executive director can work with the top tier of major donors, while a program can be set up to work with the long-time smaller donors. But what about all the people in-between – those who typically give $100 to $2,500? Thousands of dollars are left “on the table” because an organization does not have the people power to ask those donors for more money. Attend this important session to learn solutions to these missed opportunities and also discover how to enjoy asking! This workshop is designed for organizations that have a donor base but don’t have a large development staff. It will work best if staff and a board member or fundraising volunteer attend together.
Kim Klein, consultant, Klein & Roth
Ah, the pitfalls of our boardrooms! Take your pick: Too many board or committee meetings? Too few? Too little board turn-over, or too much? Not taking advantage of the technology to make board work more streamlined? Leadership that is out of balance? Often board culture makes it difficult to deal with roadblocks to success – no one wants to talk about the “elephant in the room”– for fear of hurt feelings or treading on sacred ground. How do you introduce needed changes in your board practices while honoring and respecting the contributions of valued volunteers? Join your peers for this fast-paced, interactive workshop for trustees. You will leave with practical ideas for increasing your board’s effectiveness and reinvigorating your board’s leadership.
Leyna Bernstein, founder & principal, Leadership Search Partners
The world of volunteerism is ever-changing. The San Francisco Symphony has recently completed a deep-dive study on the shifting priorities and motivations of volunteers and will share important data on the latest culture and trends in volunteerism nationally, with a special focus on the arts. Join us as we discuss ROI, expectations, new sources of volunteers, and more.
Marni Cook, director of special events and volunteer services, San Francisco Symphony
You tweet, post, like and share. You’ve successfully linked in, pinned it, and managed your circles. You even know the difference between a sharp and a hashtag! Social media – it’s as relevant and useful for an orchestra as for a restaurant. You’re doing it, but is it effective? In this session, we’ll cover setting social media objectives and evaluating different tactics and channels to help you maximize return on investment of time and resources. Our examination of trends and best practices will give you ideas for what's coming down the pike and how your orchestra can be ready to take advantage of where 'social' is going.
Nancy Roberts, principal, Sustainable Communications