The State of the Arts: Findings from NFF’s 2014 National Survey

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:00 EDT / 11:00 PDT [PASSED]

  • Sandi Clement McKinley, Director of Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Session 1 of the 10-part 2014 Web Conference Series

A recording of this presentation is available here.

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In 2014, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is exploring how cultural organizations are faring, coping, and adapting in a changing artistic and economic environment. This session will draw on data from NFF’s sixth annual national State of the Sector survey to explore such questions as: How have surplus and liquidity trends changed among cultural organizations of different sizes and artistic disciplines? What has been the financial impact of various audience-engagement strategies? How comfortably are arts organizations engaging their supporters in conversations about capitalization needs? How are current grantmaking practices helping or undermining financial and artistic health? What changes are organizations making to their business model and programs to improve their resiliency?

Join NFF for a summary of key findings and insights into what these findings reveal about the current arts environment. This web conference will build on the dialogue started with funders across the country in 2012-13 as part of Grantmakers in the Arts’ Conversations on Capitalization and Communities.

Presenter Bio:
Sandi McKinley Sandi Clement McKinley is Director of Advisory Services at NFF. She is responsible for leading the delivery team of NFF consultants across the country and ensuring that NFF’s advice and insights are relevant and accessible to foundation and nonprofit clients. Sandi has served in leadership roles for organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining NFF she provided strategic and philanthropic advice to major foundations, family offices, corporate foundations and their grantees. Sandi has a passionate interest for nonprofit finance and for helping funders and nonprofits deploy and use capital more effectively. Sandi is faculty member at the Simmons School of Management, active in the nonprofit community, serves on several nonprofit boards and regularly speaks and writes about the role of nonprofit institutions in the community.