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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.

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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On Cultural Democrac ...

Last month, Arts Council England (ACE) revealed plans to award grants on the basis of “relevance” rather than “artistic excellence.” As Deputy Chief Executive for Arts and Culture Simon Mellor put it in previewing the national funding agency’s 10-year strategic plan, “Relevance is becomi ...
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New National Residen ...

In many school districts that serve lower-income students, non-profit organizations have leveraged philanthropic support to bring teaching artists into schools to provide arts education. Like many educators, and particularly those working with under-served students, teaching artists work long hours, ...
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What is Your Human C ...

For the last 15 years, I’ve been working in the background on issues related to career development and the nonprofit arts sector workplace. I say it’s in the background because as a consultant in this field, it’s not a lucrative consulting practice on its own. I don’t have the numbers but I ...
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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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Quality Review Panel Binder
WolfBrown and Big Thought co-authored the Quality Review Panel Binder.  
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Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study
Results of a Survey of North American Ticket Buyers by WolfBrown and Capacity Interactive.
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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk: Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States
This report on the musical and socioemotional impact of becoming a young musician in an El Sistema-inspired ensemble is the result of a two-year study by the Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown.
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In Order to Flourish: Musical Pathways, Opportunities to Build and Questions to Ask
This document sketches out the processes that support -- and challenge -- young musicians seeking to enter the field of classical music, from early childhood through young adult professional lives.
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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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