So How Do You Really Feel About #GivingTuesday?

Adaptistration People 131Thanks to everyone who reached out with observations about #GivingTuesday following my request for feedback. Perhaps unsurprisingly, everyone who reached out did so directly and under the guise of not wanting to put their name on any specific comment.

In a nutshell, almost everyone thought the amount of time and energy spent on #GivingTuesday activity was a negative ROI. Add to that, many felt added pressure from superiors and/or board members to participate and pushing back wasn’t worth the effort.

A few of those who responded had nothing but positive experiences. Given that was the exception, I’m curious to know if anyone has managed to successfully forego #GivingTuesday to refocus time and energy on something like a traditional end of year appeal.

If so, I am very curious to hear about your results. Please take a moment to leave a comment or reach out directly.

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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