What’s Your #GivingTuesday Story?

#GivingTuesday, the self described “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration” is back for year five and took place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Since its launch, a number of orchestras have participated so let’s open up today’s post to any group that took part in#GivingTuesday 2016 so we can all hear your story.

Giving TuesdayHow did your group fare? If you’ve participated in previous years, what sort of response did you experience this year compared to previous efforts? Did the program meet your expectations? What would you tell other orchestras considering the 2017 event?

Thank you in advance for taking a moment out of your day to share your experiences in a comment.

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About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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