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Community and Culture

Nonprofits and cultural organizations build community.

There’s a range of community nonprofit organizations that play a pivotal role in enhancing the well-being of their citizens. They manage programs that address employment and economic growth, provide social services, and promote equality. Similarly, cultural organizations enhance society's well-being by fulfilling communal needs for creative expression, appreciation of the arts, and cultural preservation.

Hope for Jobless Youth

A German jobs program shows impressive results.

Joblinge is a program designed to prepare disadvantaged young people in Germany for the job market. The intensive six-month program accepts people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are unlikely to find employment on their own because of multiple obstacles that make them difficult to place. About 70% of Joblinge participants get jobs, and 80% stay at those jobs for at least six months—results that are almost three times better than those achieved by peer programs. Here are four keys to Joblinge's success:

  1. Collaboration Across the Public, Private, and Volunteer Sectors. Benefits include training, experience, jobs, and exposure to a professional network across sectors.
  2. Individual Mentoring and Support. Having someone who cares and listens is important for youths, and these personal relationships are crucial as participants strive to overcome past struggles.
  3. Real-Life, Practical Experience from Day One. By proving their skills in a real work environment, participants gain a practical understanding of meaningful employment and taking on new responsibilities.
  4. A Consistent, Scalable Approach. Joblinge’s headquarters—led by BCG as a pro bono engagement—ensures that all Joblinge locations use identical proven methods and take the same approach to strategy, growth, quality standards, concept development, and partner acquisition.

How to Measure a Museum’s Performance

Measuring the value of a museum’s artistic and cultural offerings has become more critical than ever.

Given the downward trend in arts funding and the growing demands for accountability in nonprofit organizations, measuring the true value of a museum is more important than ever. Four dimensions are relevant in measuring a museum’s value:

Artistic Contribution

Public Benefit

Learning and Growth

Finance and Governance

Social Impact
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