Simple Statement A Guide to Nonprofit Arts Management and Leadership

ISBN-10: 032500823X

ISBN-13: 9780325008233

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jamie Grady

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Is your nonprofit arts group struggling to find donors, reach out to volunteers, or attract media coverage? Does arriving at decisions feel like a dizzying process? If so, your organization may need an overarching guide for action and relations with constituents. It may be time for A Simple Statement. For identity, for differentiation, and for vision, every nonprofit arts group needs to be able to summarize its reason for being succinctly, and in A Simple Statement, arts-management veteran Jamie Grady shows you how to write a powerful mission statement. But quality arts management doesn't end there, so Grady illustrates how to incorporate the values and ideas embedded in your new mission statement into every move your organization makes. He demonstrates how the members of your institution can use this brief, purposeful creed to direct every decision toward a unified, common goal. You'll get specific, practical ideas on how a mission statement can aid you with every aspect of your work, including such perennial concerns as: fundraising marketing production finance long-term planning. Cut through organizational and marketplace fog and see your nonprofit arts institution and its mission more clearly than ever before. Whether you are a directing officer, a supervisor, a board member, a trustee, or a concerned volunteer, A Simple Statement can help you and your group home in on what's most important to your success.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Jamie Grady is a professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh , where he teaches in the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment program. Prior to joining academia, Jamie served in a variety of positions for arts organizations throughout the east coast. He is a frequent contributor to professional journals and is the author of two Heinemann books, Actor Inc.: How to Get the Next Gig - and Still Pay the Rent (2007) and A Simple Statement: A Guide to Nonprofit Arts Management and Leadership (2006).

Values, Mission, and Vision
Organizational Values
The Mission Statement
Definition of a Mission Statement
Organizational Goals and Objectives
The Vision Statement
Definition of a Vision Statement
Organizational Focus
Getting the Most Out of Your Mission and Vision Statements
Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!
Building a Shared Vision
Motivating Action
Measure of Success
Evaluate and Review
Court Theatre-Strategic Plan
The Basics of Forming a Nonprofit Organization
Legally Forming a Nonprofit Organization
Special Considerations for Forming a Nonprofit
Differences Between For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations
Corporation Bylaws
The Board of Trustees
Examining State Law
The Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
Ensure Adequate Resources for the Organization to Fulfill Its Mission
Serve as Community Spokespeople
Recruit, Train, and Evaluate Board Members
Oversee the Work of the Executive Staff
Board Members as Volunteers Versus Leaders
Bylaws Revisited
Board Size
Board Member Meetings
Committee Structure
Other Board-Related Issues
Minimum Board Contributions
Requirements of Board Membership
Staff Members Serving as Board Members
The Last Words on Boards
The Operational Functions of an Arts Organization
Long-Term Planning
Management and Leadership
Bibliography and Other Suggested Readings
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