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Understanding the Effects of Building a Principal Pipeline Strategy11926<p>On this day one year ago educators from around the country came to New York City to celebrate the launch of the RAND Corporation’s report <em> <a href="/knowledge-center/pages/principal-pipelines-a-feasible,-affordable,-and-effective-way-for-districts-to-improve-schools.aspx">Principal Pipelines&#58; A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools</a></em><em>.</em> The report, which examined the impact of a strategic approach to school leader development in the six large districts that took part in Wallace’s Principal Pipeline Initiative, found a positive impact on student achievement and principal retention. </p><p>A lot has happened since we released the findings, and it’s no understatement to say a lot has happened in the world around us as well. Still, we thought this day was worthy of note, both to acknowledge the significance of the original findings and the work they have inspired. </p><p>In late 2019, we <a href="/knowledge-center/pages/effectively-communicating-about-principal-pipelines.aspx">commissioned market research</a> to better understand how state and local educators view pipelines, the benefits they deemed most important and any barriers that prevented them from implementing the approach. This could ultimately help us and others in the field communicate more effectively about pipelines. The main takeaway&#58; The researchers found that the response to the principal pipeline approach to developing a robust corps of effective school leaders is “resoundingly positive.” However, a key challenge in advancing pipelines is differentiating what some districts are doing now from the deliberate and comprehensive approach encompassed in the domains of the principal pipeline strategy. There’s much more in the deck for those interested in the language we use to define school leadership and what it means to different people. </p><p>Meanwhile, we’ve been working with 90 school districts in 31 states to test and spread the lessons learned from the Principal Pipeline Initiative. The 90 districts have signed on to test a tool kit that guides how they hire, train and match principals. Read more about the initiative <a href="https&#58;//www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/02/10/6-districts-invested-in-principals-and-saw.html">here</a> and stay tuned for results in the fall.&#160; Finally, later this year, we will release a literature review on the connection between school leadership and student achievement. </p><p>And if you’re still looking for more on the Principal Pipeline, visit our <a href="/knowledge-center/school-leadership/pages/principal-pipeline-implementation.aspx">Pipeline Page</a> for all things related to the groundbreaking report and the work behind it. </p><p> <em>Photo by </em><a href="http&#58;//www.claireholtphotography.com/"><em>Claire Holt</em></a> </p>The learning continues one year after the launch of RAND’s groundbreaking report on school leadership GP0|#3ab38f86-968a-4357-8214-f3b9195f9ef7;L0|#03ab38f86-968a-4357-8214-f3b9195f9ef7|education;GTSet|#e1be52fb-ad26-4379-9818-fd44f616dcf2;GP0|#3fabc3e0-eead-49a5-9e92-99d8217d8607;L0|#03fabc3e0-eead-49a5-9e92-99d8217d8607|principals;GP0|#b9334c26-a923-4388-bc0a-e17897e654f7;L0|#0b9334c26-a923-4388-bc0a-e17897e654f7|schools;GP0|#3c236eec-afa6-4172-9b42-36a57befc9fe;L0|#03c236eec-afa6-4172-9b42-36a57befc9fe|principal pipeline;GP0|#cad33471-a186-455a-836f-0d0657808f00;L0|#0cad33471-a186-455a-836f-0d0657808f00|researchGP0|#330c9173-9d0f-423a-b58d-f88b8fb02708;L0|#0330c9173-9d0f-423a-b58d-f88b8fb02708|School Leadership;GTSet|#a1e8653d-64cb-48e0-8015-b5826f8c5b61Wallace editorial team79<img alt="" src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/blog-Pipeline-Anniversary-lg-feature.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />2020-04-08T04:00:00ZThe learning continues one year after the launch of RAND’s groundbreaking report on school leadership4/8/2020 4:44:39 PMThe Wallace Foundation / News and Media / Wallace Blog / Understanding the Effects of Building a Principal Pipeline Strategy The learning continues one year after the launch of https://www.wallacefoundation.org/News-and-Media/Blog/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
The Arts Getting Us Through a Pandemic11392<p>Arts organizations are often among the hardest hit in difficult times. <a href="https&#58;//www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/arts-groups-have-never-been-very-flush-with-cash-now-theyre-facing-an-even-bigger-battle-for-survival/2020/03/22/5c308dd8-6a1b-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html?mc_cid=e95e4e532e&amp;mc_eid=14d838a49e">Our current pandemic is no different</a>. Seasons have been canceled. Galleries and performance halls lie empty. Artists and crews find themselves without work. </p><p>Still, many nonprofit arts organizations are charging ahead with their missions. They are <a href="https&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2020/03/24/magazine/coronavirus-music-live-stream-concert.html">livestreaming performances</a>, customizing playlists, offering virtual tours of exhibitions and <a href="https&#58;//gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/met-opera-stream-operas-free-during-coronavirus-closure">waiving fees for online content</a>. Despite an unprecedented threat to their balance sheets, they continue to work to bring us the cultural salve we need to endure a trying time.</p><p>Many of us at Wallace have been turning to such institutions while we distance ourselves from our friends and families. Here, Wallace staffers give a shout-out to some of the nonprofit arts organizations that give us comfort, stimulation and entertainment when we need them most.</p><p><strong><span><span><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Aurelia-Grayson.jpg" alt="Aurelia-Grayson.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px 0px;width&#58;122px;" /></span></span>WQXR</strong><br> I first heard <a href="https&#58;//www.wqxr.org/">WQXR-FM</a> as I was driving into New York City in 1982. I was moving to the city from Cleveland and a little nervous. WQXR happened to be playing a Mozart piano concerto I had performed as a teenager; a small source of comfort as I toed gingerly into a new chapter of my life. That concerto was back on playlist this week, along with works by Bach, Brahms, Dvorak and Vivaldi, and has been offering comfort in this new and uncertain period. When the headlines become overwhelming, the <a href="https&#58;//www.wqxr.org/story/must-see-concerts-covid-19-streaming-edition/">Must-see Concerts</a> curated on WQXR.org are my respite. Over the years, this public radio station has become a dear friend and, as many of us can agree, we appreciate our friends now more than ever. </p><p align="right"> Aurelia Grayson<br> Communications Officer</p><p><br> <strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Christine-Yoon-preferred.jpg" alt="Christine-Yoon-preferred.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;116px;height&#58;160px;" />Opera Philadelphia</strong><br> Opera Philadelphia is always one of my favorites. I’ve been turning to their large collection of performances and interviews on <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/operaphila/videos">YouTube</a> when taking breaks from work and parenting. They have <a href="https&#58;//www.operaphila.org/backstage/opera-blog/2017/spotify/">Spotify playlists</a> related to past performances, put together by artists that produced them, that are keeping me company while I work. They’re also profiling other companies and artists on their <a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/OperaPhila/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/OperaPhila">Twitter</a> and <a href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/operaphila/">Instagram</a> pages, people and organizations that could really use some support as the world shuts down. It’s a nice reminder that in this period of isolation, we’re all still looking out for each other. </p><p align="right"> Christine Yoon<br> Senior Program Officer, Arts</p><p><br> <strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Holly-Dodge-2.jpg" alt="Holly-Dodge-2.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;114px;height&#58;139px;" />New York Choral Society</strong><br> I’m a choral singer, and the communal creation of music is an important part of my life. While I’m cut off from the social joys of music, the New York Choral Society, of which I am a member, is helping to keep me connected. It has been sending <a href="https&#58;//www.nychoral.org/contact/">email newsletters</a> every weekend in which conductor David Hayes shares <a href="https&#58;//soundcloud.com/user-910395746/thompson-the-road-less-traveled">relevant clips from past performances</a> and <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhV7SQXzKjizvQ3ZOwoFeQ4jXu5tcCorU">playlists tailored to our times</a>. It’s not quite the real thing, but these newsletters keep me in touch with the music I love and keep me looking forward to the day when we can gather and make music together again. </p><p align="right">Holly Dodge<br> Grants Administration Manager</p><p><br> <strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Lauren-Sanders-copy.jpg" alt="Lauren-Sanders-copy.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;116px;height&#58;136px;" />Film Forum, and other New York City arthouses</strong><br> I have a group of friends, mostly filmmakers and writers in New York, that often meets up to go to the movies. Since sheltering in place, we’ve created a Sunday night movie club where we stream a movie and then discuss it over Zoom, as we would over dinner or drinks. Among the sources we’re turning to are New York City’s remaining independent theaters, all of which are in desperate need of support right now. One of our favorites, <a href="https&#58;//filmforum.org/">Film Forum</a>, is running first-run films through <a href="https&#58;//deadline.com/2020/03/kino-marquee-virtual-arthouse-program-expands-to-150-cinemas-with-alamo-drafthouse-laemmle-in-streaming-cannes-winner-bacurau-1202893459/">Kino Marquee</a>. It’s turned a terrible situation into something of a cineaste’s dream. Half the fun at the end of an hours-long (sometimes contentious) Zoom chat is choosing the film for the following week. While it may lack the magic of being out there with all those wonderful faces in the dark, the ritual of film, conversation and a few beautifully pixelated faces is just what I need before the start of another work-from-home week.</p><p align="right">Lauren Sanders<br> Managing Editor</p><p><br> <strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/mark-jobson.jpg" alt="mark-jobson.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;118px;height&#58;152px;" />Pacific Northwest Ballet</strong><br> All this time at home sometimes makes me feel like I might just pop out through the ceiling of my living room. Fortunately, Pacific Northwest Ballet is bringing ballet into my heart and mind and quelling my desire to break free. There are plenty of photographs <u><a href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/pacificnorthwestballet/">across</a></u> <u><a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/PNBallet/">social</a></u> <u><a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/PNBallet">media</a></u>, ballet <a href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/p/B93BJ7GgjFz/">exercise</a> <a href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/p/B-INb3egJhs/">videos</a>, and a <u><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ1y9pSe7OM">short film on YouTube</a></u> documenting PNB’s staging of the popular Balanchine ballets, with some of the original dancers speaking about the choreographic experience. </p><p>I want to move these days, and we are in a new (hopefully transitory) moment of stasis. Watching these dancers turn and jump and fill the space with their movement allows me to breathe deeply and feel an expanse, both physically and mentally.&#160;All without popping out through anything! </p><p align="right"> Mark Jobson<br> Program Assistant, Arts</p><p><br> <strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Pam-Mendels-preferred.jpg" alt="Pam-Mendels-preferred.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;115px;height&#58;173px;" />Museum of Modern Art</strong><a name="_Hlk36048244"></a><br> Seeing the exhibition about photographer Dorothea Lange—<a href="https&#58;//www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5079">Dorothea Lange&#58; Word &amp; Pictures</a>—at MOMA had been on my must-do list this spring. Well, MOMA is now closed, but the museum has an <a href="https&#58;//www.moma.org/audio/playlist/304/3915">online version of the exhibition</a>, complete with audio commentary on 14 of Lange’s photos as well as a pair of photos inspired by her. I’ve been poking into it, and it’s terrific. Many of the photos in the exhibition are from Lange’s work documenting the hardships of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and, during the early 1940s, the impending, unconstitutional internment of Japanese-Americans. They are moving images of human endurance in the face of crisis and suffering.</p><p align="right">Pam Mendels<br> Editor<br> </p><p><strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Rochelle-Herring-preferred-copy.jpg" alt="Rochelle-Herring-preferred-copy.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;110px;height&#58;166px;" />New Victory Theater</strong><br> I’m the mother of three creative children. We’re used to a lot of activity, such as art classes at the Montclair Art Museum, talks and performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and acting classes at Luna Stage. <a href="https&#58;//newvictory.org/new-victory-arts-break-just-move-week/">The New Victory Theater’s Arts Breaks</a> have helped us keep that going, even though we can’t go out these days. They have a lesson or activity for every day that keeps my kids busy, keeps them moving and keeps them creating. It’s been fun! </p><p align="right">Rochelle Herring<br> Senior Program Officer, Education Leadership<br> </p><p><strong><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Arts-Getting-Us-Through-a-Pandemic/Sarosh-Z-Syed1.jpg" alt="Sarosh-Z-Syed1.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;113px;height&#58;144px;" />KEXP</strong><br> The <a href="file&#58;///ssyed/Arts/Stories/Art%20in%20the%20time%20of%20COVID-19/kexp.org/">KEXP live stream</a> has been an essential coworker since I sequestered myself. The DJs have peppered the regular playlist with equal parts encouragement (e.g., George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,”) commiseration (e.g., Portishead’s “Sour Times”) and humor (e.g., The Police's “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,”) all things we can use right now. Their periodic dance-party breaks, which are supposed to help cooped-up kids blow off some steam, are pretty good for adults as well. It’s a wholly appropriate time to dance; it just so happens that nobody’s watching. </p><p align="right">Sarosh Z. Syed <br> Writer</p>Wallace staffers give thanks to arts nonprofits that are giving us comfort, stimulation and entertainment in a difficult time.GP0|#459b8438-9b87-47d0-814e-02452652da81;L0|#0459b8438-9b87-47d0-814e-02452652da81|arts;GTSet|#e1be52fb-ad26-4379-9818-fd44f616dcf2GP0|#8056f3bc-89c1-4297-814a-3e71542163be;L0|#08056f3bc-89c1-4297-814a-3e71542163be|Building Audiences for the Arts;GTSet|#a1e8653d-64cb-48e0-8015-b5826f8c5b61Wallace editorial team79<img alt="" src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/blog-art-time-covid-19-lg-feature.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />2020-03-31T04:00:00ZYour source for research and ideas to expand high quality learning and enrichment opportunities. Supporting: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Extended Learning Time, Arts Education and Building Audiences for the Arts.3/31/2020 6:37:29 PMThe Wallace Foundation / News and Media / Wallace Blog / The Arts Getting Us Through a Pandemic Wallace staffers give thanks to arts nonprofits that are giving us comfort 172https://www.wallacefoundation.org/News-and-Media/Blog/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis11180<p>Nonprofit organizations face unprecedented financial challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With <span><span></span></span>nationwide restrictions on public gatherings, theatres have gone dark, schools and afterschool programs have shuttered their doors indefinitely, and spring galas, often the biggest fundraiser of the year for many nonprofits, <span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span>have been canceled. Hilda Polanco is the CEO of Fiscal Management Associates, a national capacity-building firm that advises nonprofits on strategic financial management. Her organization helped develop much of the content <span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span>for a Wallace-supported website—<a href="/knowledge-center/resources-for-financial-management/pages/default.aspx">strongnonprofits.org</a>—providing free guidance on nonprofit financial management. Recently, Polanco discussed how organizations can best assess and work to maintain their financial health in such uncertain times. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.<span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Managing-Nonprofit-Finances-During-the-Coronavirus-Crisis/hpolanco.jpg" alt="hpolanco.jpg" class="wf-Image-Right" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;224px;height&#58;335px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p><p><strong>What should nonprofits be doing right now to weather the current crisis?<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p><p>They should be taking three steps&#58; </p><ul><li>Understand your financial position in terms of net assets and liquidity;</li><li>Identify implications on revenue and expenses;</li><li>And finally, manage your cash flow.</li></ul><p>Net assets are those you’ve accumulated and that are available for current and future operations. Look at what you own and how quickly you can make them liquid and flexible. Net assets may come with or without restrictions. You may also have board-designated funds that have accumulated over time. What is the purpose of those funds—would the board be willing to redirect them? A nonprofit might also have liquid unrestricted net assets, or LUNA, which are available and have no specific earmark. A calculator on <a href="/knowledge-center/resources-for-financial-management/pages/default.aspx">strongnonprofits.org</a> can help you determine your LUNA balance and how many months’ worth of operating expenses it will cover. [<em>The calculator is within this <a href="/knowledge-center/resources-for-financial-management/pages/the-key-to-long-term-financial-health.aspx">page</a>; scroll down to see the link under the piggy bank image.</em>] Nonprofits may <span><span></span></span>also have temporarily restricted assets, such as grants from funders. It is important to understand the funder expectations around these restricted funds and assess whether you are in a position to meet these expectations. If you aren’t, speak to your funder and explore possibilities around releasing or loosening these expectations, in order to make these available for ongoing operations. </p><p><span><span><span><span><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Managing-Nonprofit-Finances-During-the-Coronavirus-Crisis/Strongnonprofitsshot.png" alt="Strongnonprofitsshot.png" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;334px;height&#58;225px;" /></span></span></span></span><strong>How can nonprofits deal with uncertainty in revenue?</strong></p><p>Nonprofits have two significant sources of revenue&#58; contributed, such as donations from individuals and corporations, and earned, such as program service fees. Regarding contributed revenue, this is the time to turn to relationships with existing donors. In addition to releasing restrictions on current grants, some foundations are considering reserve grants to replenish resources that nonprofits are draining right now. In addition, emergency relief funds are starting to come through, both from government-funded stimulus packages and philanthropic efforts. A summary of emergency funds across the country can be found <a href="https&#58;//givingcompass.org/coronavirus-covid19">here</a>. It is extremely critical that leaders stay aware of these funds in their communities. Lastly, engage your community through new fundraising strategies, like crowd-source funding. People want to help even if the events aren’t there. </p><p>Your organization may also have some earned revenue potential right now. Do you have a valuable product for this new operating environment? For example, organizations that have been delivering programming online are at a competitive advantage right now. Maybe they can offer their online learning product to other organizations that need this capacity in order to meet their mission.</p><p>Create best, moderate and worst case scenarios based on likely revenue and compare each one to projected expenses. This <a href="/knowledge-center/resources-for-financial-management/pages/revenue-analysis-worksheet.aspx">scenario planning tool</a> can get you started.</p><p><strong>What are the implications on expenses? </strong></p><p>When reviewing expenses, group them into three categories&#58; fixed, variable and semi-variable. Thinking of them in this way will help you make decisions. Take a look at variable expenses first because they’re the ones based on particular programming, which might be reduced if programming is reduced. Semi-variable expenses are ones that you can’t totally do without, but you might be able to curtail, such as utilities. Expenses like rent and insurance are fixed because they’re incurred regardless of programming. Still, you might be able to work with your landlord on rent. Banks have deferred mortgage payments for 90 days, so keep that in mind when you’re negotiating.</p><p>Workforce-related expenses make up 70 to 80 percent of most organizations’ budgets. The two most critical are salaries and related benefits. Reviewing salaries also means reviewing any accrued paid-time-off that may be due employees. Which are your core operations that must remain at this time? Can staff be redeployed to where current core operations require? If given the option, would certain team members opt for less than full time schedules? This <a href="https&#58;//nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https&#58;//hbr.org/2020/03/the-coronavirus-crisis-doesnt-have-to-lead-to-layoffs?utm_source%3Dtwitter%26utm_campaign%3Dhbr%26utm_medium%3Dsocial&amp;data=02%7c01%7chpolanco%40fmaonline.net%7c2e4ec925cb1d48d6656e08d7d011cff2%7cd447875067d043fdba2e1b4c46d37689%7c0%7c0%7c637206647245708840&amp;sdata=UkQQs43N/ldQaq8Nhq6sUrIqnPO0jnuRb3hh2cvPEdU%3D&amp;reserved=0">Harvard Business Review article</a> suggests alternative to deep layoffs. </p><p>As you weigh your options, explore federal and state programs that can help maintain your current workforce; what is your state’s department of labor unemployment program at this time? Keep in mind, too, that there’s life after the crisis. Think strategically about retaining capacity. And, as you make these difficult decisions, I urge you to apply an equity lens. </p><p><strong>How can a nonprofit better manage cash flow in such difficult times?</strong></p><p>The&#160;ebb and flow&#160;of your cash flow will tell you when you’ll need to draw on your reserves or when you need to start planning for contingencies.&#160;Develop cash projections for the week, month and quarter (this <a href="/knowledge-center/resources-for-financial-management/pages/cash-flow-projections-template.aspx">template</a> on strongnonprofits.org can help). Look closely at each of your revenue sources to understand which ones might be at risk. Delay non-essential payments and ask vendors you owe if they’re open to revisiting payment terms. Review your accounts receivable but understand that these balances may be slower to pay. You may also want to approach funders about accelerating grant payments. </p><p>Financing is another option. If you have a credit line, now may be the time to use it. The Small Business Administration is making loans available to nonprofits [<em>find the federal agency’s information on disaster assistance in response to the pandemic <a href="https&#58;//www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19">here</a></em>]; some foundations are considering bridge loans; and there are also low-interest loans from community development financial institutions. My word of caution is that this is debt. You have to understand how you’re going to pay it back, as part of the decision to draw on this debt.</p><p><strong>If it looks like an organization must choose among difficult financial options, whom should decision-makers consult for a clear-headed picture of considerations and trade-offs? Board members might be one source, but are there others? </strong></p><p>Speak to your funders, especially those who are trusted long-time partners and want to help. Many foundations have told me they’re reaching out to grantees to understand their needs. Still, there may be some funders who haven’t had a chance to do that yet but want to be a thought partner for you. </p><p>When you do reach out, be as clear as you can as to your current financial situation, and where you feel your risks will be. I did a webinar recently and a funder asked, <em>I have limited resources. I have many grantees whose reserves have been eroded. How do I best decide how to respond? </em> As hard as I know this is for all nonprofit leaders, my response focused on gaining clarity as to the grantee’s current position. It’s important that the grantee has a sense of where it is financially, and what it needs to turn the corner. In writing those additional checks, funders want to understand your plan as part of investing those dollars. </p><p>Another source of support might be other leaders in your community. Peer exchange is often a powerful source of ideas. If you’re a member of an association or advocacy group, now’s the time to get together and hear what other nonprofits are doing and learning.</p><p><strong>Managing through a crisis is stressful. Are there any positive aspects? Can a nonprofit emerge stronger?</strong></p><p>The sudden push to working from home is helping organizations prioritize automation and technology, which is a great first step toward more efficient financial operations. </p><p>Leaders coming together to make difficult decisions creates a stronger team, a team that’s looking to a successful outcome for the whole organization. For organizations that have drifted from their mission and have found themselves delivering services outside of their core, this may be the jolt that might make them ask&#58; What is our real core and how do we do that the best? It’s a time for recognizing that, in certain cases, rather than delivering a particular service or program, maybe they should be strengthening partnerships with other groups in the sector to carry it out.</p><p>I also hope this is an opportunity for nonprofits to strengthen relationships with long-term funders, and for funders to identify ways to support nonprofits from an enterprise perspective, rather than one program at a time. </p>Financial management expert Hilda Polanco suggests key considerations for nonprofitsGP0|#692fa1cf-1480-4641-8bb4-eda53ed39046;L0|#0692fa1cf-1480-4641-8bb4-eda53ed39046|nonprofit management;GTSet|#e1be52fb-ad26-4379-9818-fd44f616dcf2;GP0|#a6e8fc98-9e82-4f7e-836e-a902e32c91c6;L0|#0a6e8fc98-9e82-4f7e-836e-a902e32c91c6|arts organizations;GP0|#7436abc2-7874-485a-98f3-7722b3ecb2ec;L0|#07436abc2-7874-485a-98f3-7722b3ecb2ec|afterschool organizations;GP0|#ccef445d-e89a-4c20-a7d4-34b331d1f503;L0|#0ccef445d-e89a-4c20-a7d4-34b331d1f503|out-of-school-time organizationsGP0|#c8879bc7-c75a-44d8-b58e-3c9131218ffc;L0|#0c8879bc7-c75a-44d8-b58e-3c9131218ffc|Nonprofit Financial Management;GTSet|#a1e8653d-64cb-48e0-8015-b5826f8c5b61Jennifer Gill83<img alt="" src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/blog-Managing-Nonprofit-corona-virus-lg-feature.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />2020-03-25T04:00:00ZManaging Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis3/26/2020 1:48:31 PMThe Wallace Foundation / News and Media / Wallace Blog / Managing Nonprofit Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis Financial management expert Hilda Polanco suggests key 1497https://www.wallacefoundation.org/News-and-Media/Blog/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
A Message to Our Grantees, Partners and Friends10722<p>As the nation responds to the unprecedented novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps The Wallace Foundation is taking. Our first priority is the health and safety of our staff, grantees, partners, their families and our communities. We instituted a work-at-home policy for our staff on March 11 in response to a request from New York City’s mayor. This will remain in effect as long as we think warranted, following the advice and directives of city, state and federal authorities.</p><p>I want to assure you that we remain committed to carrying on our work to the fullest extent possible, even as we learn new ways to do it. At the same time, we recognize the burden the pandemic has placed on our partners, and we are taking a series of steps in response.</p> <ul><li> <strong> <span> <span></span></span>Being flexible on grant requirements.</strong>&#160;We understand that the current situation, because it is extraordinary, will mean that some of our partners will not be able to meet certain deliverable dates and/or grant requirements. Our stance is to be flexible, as needed, in the timing and nature of those requirements. If you need more time to do the work our grant funds – or it no longer makes sense to do it – we will work with you to figure out what makes sense going forward.<br><br> </li><li> <strong>Shifting to virtual convenings.</strong>&#160;In order to reduce the risk of exposure, we have either postponed planned gatherings or converted them to virtual gatherings, when possible. Last week, for example, we had a successful online gathering involving 90 school districts.<br><br> </li><li> <strong>Postponing site visits.</strong>&#160;We have postponed site visits both involving Wallace staff and those of our research partners.<br><br> </li><li> <strong>Sharing relevant information from our partners.</strong>&#160;&#160;We are using our social media channels to share information that we think could be relevant to the field, for example, lists of resources. Please feel free to share them with us.<br><br> </li><li> <strong>Considering changing the timing of payments.</strong> We are open to conversations about releasing carryover amounts or surpluses to be spent or accelerating the timing of grant payments currently scheduled for 2020 and potentially beyond if that would be helpful for cash flow purposes. </li></ul><p> We know many of you have already heard directly from your Wallace contact. We urge you to raise any questions or concerns with your contacts as we seek to be helpful in this rapidly-changing crisis.</p><p> <span><span><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/letter-to-grantees/Will-Miller-headshot.jpg" alt="Will-Miller-headshot.jpg" class="wf-Image-Left" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;197px;height&#58;280px;" /></span></span>This is a time when we must all stand together for our common benefit. On behalf of the foundation, I want to convey my thanks for all you are doing in this unprecedented situation to support those whom you serve.</p><p>Best wishes,<br><img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/letter-to-grantees/Will-Miller-Signature-lo-Res.jpg" alt="Will-Miller-Signature-lo-Res.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;130px;height&#58;38px;" /><br>Will Miller<br> President</p>GP0|#b68a91d0-1c13-4d82-b12d-2b08588c04d7;L0|#0b68a91d0-1c13-4d82-b12d-2b08588c04d7|News;GTSet|#a1e8653d-64cb-48e0-8015-b5826f8c5b61Will Miller4<img alt="" src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/blog-letter-to-grantees2-lg-feature.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />2020-03-18T04:00:00ZYour source for research and ideas to expand high quality learning and enrichment opportunities. Supporting: School Leadership, After School, Summer and Extended Learning Time, Arts Education and Building Audiences for the Arts.3/18/2020 6:29:12 PMThe Wallace Foundation / News and Media / Wallace Blog / A Message to Our Grantees, Partners and Friends As the nation responds to the unprecedented novel coronavirus outbreak 232https://www.wallacefoundation.org/News-and-Media/Blog/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
At the Crossroads of the Arts, Education, Philanthropy and Heritage Sheep12579<p>Heritage and progress are equally important to Dutch textile artist Claudy Jongstra. Her work is cutting-edge and contemporary, but she reaches deep into history to create it. The wool she uses comes from Drenthe Heath sheep, a rare, 6,000-year-old European breed, which she rears on a small farm in the Netherlands’ agrarian northwest. She felts this wool using techniques discovered millennia ago and dyes it using plants she grows or finds on her property. The compositions she creates with these time-honored approaches are current, more reminiscent of postmodernists or abstract expressionists than the Mongolian yurts that once sparked her interest in textiles. The juxtaposition of the ancient and the avant-garde symbolizes the importance of long-established approaches in a world that is fast forgetting them. “It is a tool for sharing tacit knowledge and lost identities from the past,” Jongstra says, “ and then placing them in the contemporary world.”</p><p class="wf-Element-ImageCaption"> <img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Textile-Artist-Brings--Together-Past-Knowledge-and-Future-Promise-in-Wallaces-New-Offices/blog-claudy-booklet-1.jpg" alt="blog-claudy-booklet-1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />Interns collect raw materials from Jongstra’s dye garden on her farm in Friesland, the Netherlands.<br></p><p>These themes of past knowledge and future progress are among the reasons The Wallace Foundation commissioned Jongstra to help adorn its offices in 2019. Knowledge is key to Wallace’s mission; the foundation works not just to help local organizations solve problems they face, but also to generate insights from their efforts to enhance policy and practice nationwide. “One of the reasons we were drawn to Claudy Jongstra’s art is that she builds on wisdom gleaned from past experience and demonstrates its importance to the present and the future,” said Will Miller, president of The Wallace Foundation. “That’s a large part of what we try to do as a foundation.”</p><p>Jongstra produced two pieces for Wallace’s offices, both placed along a central axis from the reception desk to the office’s social hub, with a view of Manhattan to the north and New York Harbor to the south. “These are the main spaces where people can take a moment to pause, have a cup of coffee and socialize,” says Arthi Krishnamoorthy of Deborah Berke Partners, the architecture firm that designed Wallace’s offices and suggested commissioning Jongstra. “Claudy’s pieces help make these spaces welcoming, not just with views and architecture, but also with art that lends warmth and sparks conversation.” </p><p class="wf-Element-ImageCaption"> <img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Textile-Artist-Brings--Together-Past-Knowledge-and-Future-Promise-in-Wallaces-New-Offices/blog-claudy-bookle-2.jpg" alt="blog-claudy-bookle-2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /> Bodies represented in Diversity of Thought<br></p><p> <em>Diversity of Thought</em> comprises seven textile panels&#58; six in the elevator lobby, each rendered in colors that evoke a different body in the solar system, and one behind the reception desk that represents the sun. Across the lobby in the social hub is <em>Two Rivers,</em> which depicts the meeting of the Hudson and East Rivers in New York Harbor. The richness of textures and colors, says Krishnamoorthy, connects staffers and visitors to Wallace’s work as they enter the space. </p><p> </p><p>“We want people to arrive and connect in a way that is mission-aligned,” she says, “ because both Claudy’s mission and the Wallace Foundation’s mission overlap.” </p><p> <em>Diversity of Thought,</em> for example, evokes connections between knowledge-sharing that shaped the past and knowledge-sharing Wallace hopes can help shape the future. The embroidery sprinkled throughout the seven panels was inspired by Galileo’s drawings of sunspots, a potent example of the power of art to change our understanding of the world. His drawings allowed viewers to envision the rotation of the sun and helped convince the world that the Earth is not the center of the universe. “Galileo made astronomy a visual science,” Jongstra says. “Large-scale audiences could now experience the science. It wasn’t reserved just for a small group.” </p><p class="wf-Element-ImageCaption"> <img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Textile-Artist-Brings--Together-Past-Knowledge-and-Future-Promise-in-Wallaces-New-Offices/blog-claudy-bookle-4.jpg" alt="blog-claudy-bookle-4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /> Wallace reception desk with sun installation<br></p><p>Wallace similarly aims to make knowledge widely accessible and to promote progress in the fields in which it works. “Galileo changed the way we view and understand our universe. We hope to help do that in our focus areas,” says Miller. “We design our philanthropic initiatives to help our grantees and others develop new insights and increase understanding of their work. It’s a lofty goal, but if we’re to live up to our values of excellence, accountability and helping to catalyze meaningful change, we have to aim high.”</p><p> <em>Two Rivers,</em> meanwhile, draws inspiration from the meeting of the rivers visible from Wallace’s offices and reflects the relationships Wallace hopes to foster among its staff and partners.</p><p class="wf-Element-ImageCaption"> <img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Textile-Artist-Brings--Together-Past-Knowledge-and-Future-Promise-in-Wallaces-New-Offices/blog-claudy-bookle-5.jpg" alt="blog-claudy-bookle-5.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /> Two Rivers<br></p><p>“We strive for mutual respect and close collaboration in everything we do,” Miller adds. “The meeting of the two estuaries, the mixing of saltwater and freshwater in New York Harbor, all serve as apt symbols of the diversity and inclusivity we seek to bring to our work.”</p><p>The piece’s use of color also points to sustainability, another core value for The Wallace Foundation. Jongstra created the colors using new techniques that extract pigment from seaweed foraged from Netherlands’ northern islands. These techniques create a new purpose for a material many consider to be expendable, challenging the take-make-waste industrial model and inspiring viewers to reimagine their relationship to the Earth’s resources. </p><p class="wf-Element-ImageCaption"> <img src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Textile-Artist-Brings--Together-Past-Knowledge-and-Future-Promise-in-Wallaces-New-Offices/blog-claudy-bookle-6.jpg" alt="blog-claudy-bookle-6.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /> Wallace social hub with Two Rivers installation<br></p><p>“We had been experimenting with vegetation we found on the coastline and there was a beautiful palette coming through,” Jongstra said. “Parallel to our research, this commission came along. We were immediately inspired to use our re-found color palette in this new work.”</p><p>Both <em>Diversity of Thought</em> and <em>Two Rivers</em> use scale to mirror the relationships Wallace hopes to build with its grantees and the fields in which they work. Seen from a distance, says Kiki Dennis of Deborah Berke Partners, they reflect warmth. On closer inspection, one can appreciate the history and artistry embedded in each of their intricate components. </p><p>“It’s a lovely metaphor for the way the foundation works,” Dennis says. “The foundation is interested in advancing its mission on a large, macro scale. But its programs move on and have a huge impact on individual children and educators.” </p><p> <em>For more on Claudy Jongstra’s work, please visit </em> <a href="https&#58;//www.claudyjongstra.com/"> <em>www.claudyjongstra.com</em></a></p><p> <em>Photos © Frankie Alduino</em></p>Textile artist brings together past knowledge and future promise in Wallace’s new officesGP0|#19638677-6bf7-432b-867e-ece5b7009199;L0|#019638677-6bf7-432b-867e-ece5b7009199|foundation;GTSet|#e1be52fb-ad26-4379-9818-fd44f616dcf2;GP0|#3ab38f86-968a-4357-8214-f3b9195f9ef7;L0|#03ab38f86-968a-4357-8214-f3b9195f9ef7|education;GP0|#459b8438-9b87-47d0-814e-02452652da81;L0|#0459b8438-9b87-47d0-814e-02452652da81|arts;GP0|#b0d59089-4c9d-435f-bdfb-dcc911093ba5;L0|#0b0d59089-4c9d-435f-bdfb-dcc911093ba5|artistsGP0|#b68a91d0-1c13-4d82-b12d-2b08588c04d7;L0|#0b68a91d0-1c13-4d82-b12d-2b08588c04d7|News;GTSet|#a1e8653d-64cb-48e0-8015-b5826f8c5b61Sarosh Z. Syed50<img alt="" src="/News-and-Media/Blog/PublishingImages/blog-claudy-bookle-3.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />2020-03-10T04:00:00ZArts, arts audiences, building audiences for the arts3/11/2020 2:05:52 PMThe Wallace Foundation / News and Media / Wallace Blog / At the Crossroads of the Arts, Education, Philanthropy and Heritage Sheep Textile artist brings together past knowledge and 124https://www.wallacefoundation.org/News-and-Media/Blog/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx