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Welcome to On Our Minds. Through our e-mail newsletter, we enjoy sharing what WolfBrown consultants are reading, thinking, and talking about - what’s On Our Minds. It’s our way of staying in touch with valued friends and colleagues, and passing along some worthwhile ideas.

Strengthening Our Hu ...

Last week’s news that Amazon is spending $700 million over the next six years to retrain a third of its workforce – an average of $7,000 per worker – struck me as yet another example of why the arts sector needs to pay much more attention to human capital. Can you imagine a day when arts funde ...
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United We Stand, Div ...

Unions have played an essential role in protecting the employment rights of onstage actors, musicians, singers, and dancers since the beginning of the 20th century. Organized labor also has a long history of representing the interests of behind the scenes playwrights, composers, lyricists, designers ...
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Human Capital Invest ...

In his piece, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall," my colleague Joe Kluger writes about the  growing trend of unionization in the nonprofit arts sector and offers nonprofit leaders some suggestions for showing support for the employees in their organizations. This topic has been on my mind for almos ...
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What’s in a La ...

A recent morning in the succulents and cactus exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden turned up an unusual label (see image: right). This label left me thinking, not about the euphorbia plant, but about the humans behind these strange, dazzling cactus displays; horticulture as a field th ...
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Sounding Board is devoted to topics of interest to our clients in the nonprofit sector. You can read the current issue below or download it for future review. There are also links to PDFs of our Working Papers publication from past years.




No. 32 | published 2017
Deserving of Trust: Helping A Nonprofit Board Toward Good Governance
Good governance starts with accurate self-diagnosis. How is this done? Who does it? Who has the credibility to convince the majority of board members that such actions are necessary? These questions and more are explored in the latest volume of Sounding Board.  more >>

No. 31 | published 2013
Investing In the Long View 
How do we know the arts matter? Where is the added value? What is the evidence that investing in the arts has an impact? These are questions that arts presenters, administrators, and artists and performers working in the public sector are pressed to answer daily more >>

No. 30 | published 2011
Is Sustainability Sustainable?
Historically, sustaining an arts organization meant generating enough earned and contributed revenue to fund current operations. With so much continued change and turmoil in the arts industry, WolfBrown set out to reconsider what sustainability means in 2011. more >>

No. 29 | published 2010
All The World's a Stage
Why will some people engage with art in one setting, but not another? For example, why will someone watch great drama on television at home, but never darken the door of a theater? Why will someone listen to classical music in a place of worship, but not a concert hall? more >>

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Teaching Artist Companion to Aesthetic Perspectives
A new publication developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, in collaboration with WolfBrown more >>

Liberating Academic Mindsets Through Culturally Responsive Arts Integration
A new report on Arts Corps' Highline Creative Schools Initiative by WolfBrown and MEMconsultants
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Making Music, Promoting Development: The Power of Practice
A chapter by Dennie Palmer Wolf, Steven Holochwost, and Judith Hill Bose in the new volume, Music Learning As Youth Development.
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Quality Review Panel Binder
WolfBrown and Big Thought co-authored the Quality Review Panel Binder.  
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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more >>

Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more >>

The Board's Role in Donor Cultivation
Headlining a Guidestar newsletter in February 2015, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses the special role that board members play in donor cultivation. more >>

Executive Functions: Formative Versus Reflective Measurement
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, Vol 12(3), Jul, 2014. pp.69-95.
The primary objective of this article was to critically evaluate the routine use of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) for representing an individual’s performance across a battery of executive function tasks. more >>

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