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.
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:
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:
How have the assets of the museum been developed and shared? Metrics include the percentage of works on display, the number of pieces on loan to other art museums, the number and quality of institutions to which the museum has loaned art and artifacts, the number of pieces purchased in the last year, and the percentage of permanent collections acquired and catalogued.
What does the museum contribute to the community? A successful cultural institution forges a relationship with the public by offering programs and visitor services, by providing positive experiences, and by preserving collections for future generations. The range and variety of programs offered, the percentage of the museum’s budget devoted to marketing, the percentage of return visitors, the increase in first-time visitors, and the number of schoolchildren who visit per year are all good indications of the benefit derived by the public.
Is the museum a place where employees can flourish? An organization is only as good as its people. Evaluate the percentage of the museum’s budget dedicated to training and career development, the percentage of satisfied employees, the use of “360-degree feedback” to evaluate staff performance, and the degree to which employees are involved in the museum’s governance.
How well run and financially sustainable is the museum? Typical metrics include the ability to meet fundraising targets, balance the operating budget, and meet revenue targets through diversified sources such as admission, shop and restaurant sales, and special events.