Susan Detwiler

118 Added | 7 Magazines | 7 Likes | 2 Following | 2 Followers | @SusanDetwil2016 | Consultant, facilitator, and strategic planning guide for nonprofits; believer in the power of vision to create the future we want to live in.                         sdetwiler@detwiler.com                         

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

Harvard Business Review

5 Charts That Illustrate The Racial Bias In The Nonprofit World

White people hold more than 80% of the industry’s top positions.<p>Of all the things philanthropists are trying to fix, there’s one major issue the sector seems to continually ignore: itself. As a new report by the Building Movement Project, a nonprofit research group, points out, there’s an intense …

Diversity

Governing a Collaborative Organization

<b>Advancing the Art of Collaboration</b> This series, produced in partnership with BBB's Give.org, calls on the social sector to embody a new and …

Leadership

A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead

<i>Calculating overhead rates and managing overhead expense are important staff roles. Board members are not required to know how do staff accounting</i> …

Boards: What headwinds are your clients facing?

When you travel from New York to London, the shortest flight is about 6 hours and 45 minutes. When you return, the shortest flight is an hour longer.</i> …

Stocks

Over 60% of Recent Visitors Attended Cultural Organizations As Children (DATA)

<b>You may have guessed it was true – but here’s why this statistic matters.</b><p>The idea that those who visit cultural organizations as children are more …

Parenting

How Annual Timeframes Hurt Cultural Organizations

<b>Some cultural executives still aim for short-term attendance spikes at the expense of long-term financial solvency – and they may not even know …

Prioritizing Time for Building Trust

<i>What does it make possible when people who work together know each other as whole people?</i> That question led off this post about creating supportive, …

Problem Boards or Board Problem?

PHOTOGRAPH: “FIRE PAILS” BY SKIP HUNT<p><i>Editors’ note: This article was first published in</i> <i>summer 2003 and is featured in</i> NPQ’<i>s special winter 2012</i></i> …

Museum Boards of Directors Are the Whitest and Getting Whiter

May 6, 2017; St. Louis Public Radio<p>A new report issued by the American Alliance of Museums at its annual meeting offers some pretty stark statistics …

From Enterprise Risk Management to Shared Leadership: A Different Look at Succession Planning

<i>On June 6th, 2015,</i> <i>we asked readers to write their own observations drawn from a recent study on nonprofit leadership</i><i>. This is one of the smart pieces</i> …

Report: Diversity, Advocacy Issues Create Problems for Museum Boards

A new report by the American Alliance of Museums suggests that diversity issues are a significant challenge for museums, particularly in regards to …

Diversity

Barriers to Funder Collaboration and the Will to Overcome Them

<b>Advancing the Art of Collaboration</b> This series, produced in partnership with BBB's Give.org, calls on the social sector to embody a new and …

Making the Most of Stakeholder Revolt: The Recapturing of the San Diego Opera and Sweet Briar College

“DEFIANCE” BY DANIEL HENSON / WWW.DANIELHENSON.IE<p><i>This article is from the</i> Nonprofit Quarterly<i>’s winter 2015 edition, “When the Show Must Go On:</i> …

A Quarter of Likely Visitors to Cultural Organizations Are In One Age Bracket (DATA)

<b>Nearly 25% of potential attendees to visitor-serving organizations fall into one, ten-year age bracket.</b><p>Which generation has the greatest percentage …

How to raise money for an arts organization

Are arts organizations different?I’ve spent the better part of my career at arts organizations. My love of theater brought me into the nonprofit …

The Arts

The Protégé Effect

For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else. “While we teach, we learn,” …

Teaching

People Trust Museums More Than Newspapers. Here Is Why That Matters Right Now (DATA)

<b>Actually, it always matters. But data lends particular insight into an important role that audiences want museums to play right now.</b><p><i>“Are museums</i> …

2017’s Collaboration Prize Winner Can Teach a Thing or Two

“The surface muscles of the trunk and upper limb, from <i>Anatomy for artists</i> by John Marshall,” J.S. Cuthbert, 1883. Copyrighted work available under …

How to Identify Toxic Leaders and Improve Company Culture

Unfortunately, most professionals have had a bad boss or two. But did you know there’s more than one kind? Recently, Binghamton University professor …

Culture Counts in Communities

This report presents the guiding principles and conceptual framework developed by, and underlying the work of, the Urban Institute's Arts and Culture …

Why Donors Stop Giving to Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Here’s why some people make a few donations to a cultural organization and then stop giving, according to the donors themselves.</b>Yesterday was …

Philanthropy

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

By Melody Barnes & Paul SchmitzIn adopting data-driven practices, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should …

Philanthropy

Moving From Pass/Fail to Continuous Progress (Blog)

By Patrick LawlerIt’s hard to fully understand the effects of interventions that aim to address several life challenges at once. But it can help to …

Education

Are Mobile Apps Worth It For Cultural Organizations? (DATA)

<b>The short answer: No.</b><p>Mobile applications have been a hot topic for a long while within the visitor-serving industry. There are mobile applications …

Five Insights from Directors Sharing Power

By Vtsarev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons<p><i>This article comes from the upcoming Spring 2017 edition of the</i> Nonprofit Quarterly<i>, on</i> …

Breaking Down Data-Informed Barriers to Visitation for Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Here’s a round-up of the primary reasons why people with an interest in visiting cultural organizations do not actually end up visiting…and what your</b> …

Evaluating Community Change

In 2012, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) made a big bet on the ability of collective impact to accelerate systems change. It committed $3.5 …

Who Says a Common Agenda Is Necessary for Collective Impact?

o-O-o-O-o / Rob<p><i>Editors’ note: This piece differs from those previously published on collective impact in that the implications stem from several</i> …