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All Family Members Are Not Created Equal

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every time you read about or visit the new Signature Theater, think of Edward Norton and one of his most powerful performances -- as a family member of staggering importance.

Implementation or the Lack Thereof

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

I know asking for money can be uncomfortable; I know looking for board members or planning an institutional marketing effort can be time-consuming and challenging. But unless one acts on a board development, marketing or fundraising plan, the effort to develop it is wasted.

Every Arts Organization Has a Deficit

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the challenging economic times we live in, it is especially important to protect our organizations by insisting on earning surpluses and conserving cash.

Art Works (And Is Celebrated at The White House)

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

On Wednesday, November 2, I enjoyed an uplifting ceremony at the White House celebrating the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards - the...

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.

The Cycle as Insurance Policy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.03.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations that mount important art, pursue aggressive marketing campaigns and build their families consistently, create an insurance policy against economic downturns and programmatic failure.

Fixing Dysfunctional Boards

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business
Mark Goulston, M.D.

What do Hewlett Packard, Yahoo, Bank of America, Sprint-Nextel, AMD, Moody's, Best Buy, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Sears and GE have in common?

Returning to Kansas City

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when most cities are reducing investment in the arts, how refreshing it is to be in Kansas City where the arts are flourishing.

Are Nonprofit Boards a Good Idea?

Aaron Hurst | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Are nonprofit boards a social innovation worthy of export or would you recommend other countries find a better model?

There Must Be a Leader

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations willing to empower one such collaborative, creative, entrepreneur to lead the turnaround are a giant step towards solving their problems.

The New Season

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While very public debates about the value of arts funding rage in statehouses across America, we must remember that our communities need the arts now more than ever.

Why VCs Matter

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 09.21.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Having investors and a board to report to forces reflection, deep thinking and, well, stopping for a bit to regain some perspective.

Penumbra Theatre Company at the Kennedy Center

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Penumbra Theatre Company of St. Paul, Minnesota recently mounted its production of I Wish You Love. No arts organization in my ten plus years at the Kennedy Center has taken better advantage of an engagement with us.

My Trip to England: The Power of Boards

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As England, and much of the rest of the world, attempts to build more private support for the arts, it will be essential that board members open their hearts and their rolodexes and come to feel a vital part of fundraising endeavors.

Are Unions to Blame?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is impossible to blame unions for the lack of revenue for arts organizations when so many are doing such a poor job of managing themselves.

Right Brain Thinking is the Hottest New Fad! Ways to Enhance Your Intuition

Margaret Ruth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Margaret Ruth

There is a burgeoning cultural awareness that the more creative, intuitive ways of processing information have enormous value in our daily personal and business lives.