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  • Too Good To Be True? The Opportunity and Cost of the $1 Building | TDC
    1 Building TDC 2015 We are excited to share our latest report Too Good to be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building Commissioned by the Kresge Foundation Too Good to be True takes a close look at the impact of newly acquired buildings all either free or low cost on organizations financial health and artistic outcomes The study found that the actual building acquisition costs were much higher than initially expected and indeed more closely resembled traditional facilities projects The acquisition of these facilities also had unanticipated impacts on organizations operating models and in some cases artistic products and audience relationships Finally the report reveals that the various stakeholders involved in these projects had different motivations Interviewees including organizational leaders funders and city officials reflect on their experiences with these 1 buildings and share lessons that they hope will be useful to other organizations and communities considering similar facilities deals Share this Share on Facebook Click to share on LinkedIn Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google Click to print Click to email this to a friend Leave a Reply Cancel reply You may also be interested in Research How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts 2016 TDC was delighted to partner with The Boston Foundation on this important comparative study of Boston s cultural and funding landscape and those in 10 peer cities Read More Research Too Good To Be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building 2015 We are excited to share our latest report Too Good to be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building Commissioned by the Kresge Foundation Too Good to be True takes a close look at the impact of newly acquired buildings all either free or low cost on

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/2015/07/too-good-to-be-true/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Capitalization, Scale & Investment: Does Growth Equal Gain? | TDC
    TDC 2014 In this follow up study to the groundbreaking Getting Beyond Breakeven the William Penn Foundation engaged TDC to conduct a financial analysis of a sample of arts and culture organizations in Greater Philadelphia looking closely at any change over time and the effect of growth on organizations financial health The study found that while financial weakness remains a challenge for organizations the context in which they are operating has changed competition has increased and the markets for audience and philanthropic support are rapidly shifting Furthermore this report confronts the fact that in the absence of other metrics for success many organizations have chased growth and grown weaker as a result This report was previewed with funders at the 2014 Grantmakers in the Arts conference and officially released on February 9 2015 at a convening of Philadelphia arts organizations with the William Penn Foundation Share this Share on Facebook Click to share on LinkedIn Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google Click to print Click to email this to a friend One thought on Capitalization Scale Investment Does Growth Equal Gain Pingback Staging a Comeback How the Nonprofit Arts Sector Has Evolved since the Great Recession Nonprofit Quarterly Leave a Reply Cancel reply You may also be interested in Research How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts 2016 TDC was delighted to partner with The Boston Foundation on this important comparative study of Boston s cultural and funding landscape and those in 10 peer cities Read More Research Too Good To Be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building 2015 We are excited to share our latest report Too Good to be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building Commissioned by the Kresge Foundation Too Good to be

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/2015/03/capitalization-scale-investment-does-growth-equal-gain/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Capitalization | Theme | TDC
    William Penn Foundation engaged TDC to conduct a financial analysis of a sample of arts and culture organizations in Greater Philadelphia looking closely at any change over time and the effect of growth on organizations financial health Read More Research The Unsung Majority An Exploratory Study of Small and Mid Sized Arts Organizations 2014 Working with the Consortium of Small Arts Funders CSAF in Pittsburgh TDC analyzed a group of small and mid sized arts organizations to better understand if natural cohorts existed and if so whether they could help promote audience growth Read More Research Getting Beyond Breakeven 2009 Commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the William Penn Foundation TDC studied the financial health and capitalization challenges of 158 arts and culture organizations in greater Philadelphia The study found that when it comes to capitalization strong financial literacy does not translate into robust financial health and delves into TDC s latest thinking on the practice changes at individual organizations and within the system as a whole that could bridge this disconnect Read More Resources Capitalization Scale Investment A presentation with the William Penn Foundation February 9 2015 TDC and the William Penn Foundation released the new report Capitalization

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/theme/capitalization/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Strategy & Planning | Theme | TDC
    study commissioned by the Boston Foundation TDC explored the size and scope of the Boston cultural market and examined the financial health of organizations in this sector Read More Resources Building a Sustainable Future for History Institutions A Systemic Approach 2009 After years of working with individual history institutions TDC launched a study of the broader history system to determine Can we imagine a system where rather than requiring each

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/theme/strategy-planning/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Operations & Finance | Theme | TDC
    2007 After watching the use of debt skyrocket over the course of a decade TDC conducted an in depth study on how debt was deployed by and how it impacted organizations across three different disciplines arts organizations human service providers and private schools Read More Research Vital Signs 2007 Vital Signs is an examination of the health of Boston s arts and culture sector from 1999 to 2004 In this

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  • Is Your Business Model Broken? | TDC
    a capitalization issue What if the real problem is that at the core your business model is broken What then Over the last four years as I have traveled the country working on capitalization issues the underlying assumption that everyone starts with is that a bad balance sheet and deficit spending suggest that an organization is undercapitalized and that if the organization could just get more unencumbered cash into the system life would get better That made be true for some but the harder and more commonly true fact is that you can t capitalize a bad business model You have to fix the model and then capitalize appropriately Otherwise you just keeping throwing money down a hole frustrating donors supporters and board members who keep stepping up to help with no end in sight It is no way to live So how would you know if you have a broken business model If you have a combination of several of the following characteristics you should consider carefully if your model needs to be reinvented Consistent losses over a multi year period which may sometimes be covered by one time events Fully borrowed lines of credit Loans to the company by staff or board which imply you are no longer credit worthy Inability to pay debt out of annual operations Consistently not meeting budgeted income targets and or diminishing programs exhibits or productions during a budget year Inability to invest in staff frozen diminishing pay levels If you determine that you indeed have a broken business model how would you go about fixing it You have to go back to basics start with the mission vision What are you really trying to do and for whom Can your local market really support that vision How would you align the organization

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/2015/03/is-your-business-model-broken/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Understanding Your Capitalization Challenge | TDC
    Group s 2014 Fall Forum on Governance Susan Nelson spoke about how to diagnose your organization s capitalization challenge as well as signs that the challenge may actually lie in a broken business model Susan also shared key steps in addressing these challenges and facilitated a conversation among forum participants about capitalization priorities Share this Share on Facebook Click to share on LinkedIn Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google Click to print Click to email this to a friend Leave a Reply Cancel reply You may also be interested in Research How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts 2016 TDC was delighted to partner with The Boston Foundation on this important comparative study of Boston s cultural and funding landscape and those in 10 peer cities Read More Research Too Good To Be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building 2015 We are excited to share our latest report Too Good to be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building Commissioned by the Kresge Foundation Too Good to be True takes a close look at the impact of newly acquired buildings all either free or low cost on

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  • How Art Morphs in Pursuit of Money | TDC
    arts and culture sector that TDC highlighted in the recent report Capitalization Scale Investment Does Growth Equal Gain Mr Dobrin posed a number of important questions We agree that the sector needs to grapple with the implications of its recent growth spurt and what constitutes success This article was a follow up piece to Mr Dobrin s February 9 2015 review of Capitalization Scale Investment Share this Share on Facebook Click to share on LinkedIn Click to share on Twitter Click to share on Google Click to print Click to email this to a friend Leave a Reply Cancel reply You may also be interested in Research How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts 2016 TDC was delighted to partner with The Boston Foundation on this important comparative study of Boston s cultural and funding landscape and those in 10 peer cities Read More Research Too Good To Be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building 2015 We are excited to share our latest report Too Good to be True The Opportunity and Cost of the 1 Building Commissioned by the Kresge Foundation Too Good to be True takes a close look at the

    Original URL path: http://www.tdcorp.org/2015/03/how-art-morphs-in-pursuit-of-money/ (2016-05-02)
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