Survey: What Do You Think About Donor Cultivation Tracking Software?

Over the years I’ve had some fascinating conversations with development professionals on the pros and cons of donor cultivation tracking software. By and large, those I speak with either swear by them or curse them as a one-size-fits-none time suck. With the explosion of purpose-built apps, there are quite a few dedicated donor management apps, most of which offering some pretty slick cultivation tracking tools. Some are completely self-contained while others …

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Orchestra Admin Employment Status Update Survey Results

First and foremost, I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a response for the employment status update survey. It’s not easy to talk about the pressures of looking for work, which makes this terrific response that much more meaningful. Just over 100 responses arrived and according to that information, finding work after being laid off, furloughed, or seeing your position eliminated during …

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If You Haven’t Completed The Employment Status Update Survey, Please Do

The initial responses to last week’s survey asking orchestra managers who lost their position over pandemic shutdowns to provide an update on their employment status has been both sobering and revealing. So far, the vast majority of respondents have yet to find a replacement position and a few respondents have been kind enough to provide useful details about their situation. For example, one manager indicated that while they were initial laid …

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Updating The Employment Status For Displaced Orchestra Administrators

Back in September, we examined five months of data that measured the employment status of orchestra stakeholders. By the end of the that time, just over half of administrators were unemployed, with 31 percent indicating they were underemployed and only 17 percent were fully employed. I wanted to take a moment to gather some data on administrators that indicated being unemployed. Specifically, I think it’s important to discover how many remain …

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Print Vs. Digital Program Book Survey Results

Last week, I asked readers for some feedback on whether they were considering replacing print program books with a digital alternative when concert events start up in the Fall. We had just under 150 responses and the results were fascinating. If concert activity resumes in the Fall, does your organization plan on using print program books? Exactly half of the respondents indicated they weren’t sure what they were going to do. …

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