League of American Orchestras
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GOVERNANCE
 
Good Guidance from Independent Sector
 
 
 
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Yep, we’re a membership organization that belongs to other membership organizations. One of them is Independent Sector, a group of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations dedicated to advancing the common good. It’s a great source of authoritative information for nonprofit board practices, offering an abundance of resources on effective governance, responsible fundraising, strong financial oversight, and legal compliance and public disclosure. Here are just a few examples of some of the topics of their resources: Conflicts of Interest, Evaluation of Board Performance, Financial Records, and Gift Acceptance Policiesand there are many more. 

Start here for a comprehensive overview of good governance and ethical practice, and then explore the many related links.
TRENDS
 
Orchestras are Committing to Becoming More Inclusive
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For a look at the some of the organizations leading the field in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), look no further than the recipients of grants from the League’s Catalyst Fund, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. These orchestras vary greatly in size and location, mission and communities, but they all have demonstrated a deep commitment to EDI, often integrating EDI goals in their strategic plans.  
 
Many of these orchestras have established interdisciplinary EDI task forces comprised of leadership and staff, musicians, and board members. Some are in the midst of multi-year EDI initiatives and have engaged third-party consultants. All will be part of The Catalyst Fund Learning Cohort, made possible by the generous support of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
 
 
RESOURCE
 
Webinar Tells You Where to Start in Building Audiences
 
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The Wallace Foundation is known and appreciated throughout the arts world for its commitment to researching what actually works in building audiences for the performing arts. A recent League webinar, Building Audiences: Unpacking the Many Resources from The Wallace Foundation, offers guidance on how to begin using the many insightful and evidence-based studies, articles, webinars, and more from Wallace. Sign up to watch the webinar for free here and learn which resources may be the most helpful to your orchestra. 
CRITICAL QUESTIONS
 
How to Develop Human Resources When You Have No Resources
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In his latest column for our quarterly magazine, Symphony, League President and CEO Jesse Rosen offers ideas for accessing expert advice on human resources even when you don’t have an HR director. “Organizational culture is key," Rosen says, “to retaining a capable and diverse workforce with low turnover and high employee satisfaction.” 
COMMUNITY
 
#SupportOrchestras with the League’s Third Annual League Giving Day on June 4
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Tuesday, June 4 marks the League of American Orchestras’ third annual League Giving Day. The goal: to raise $75,000 in 24 hours to support the League’s efforts on behalf of orchestras. To strengthen its service to members, the League is establishing a new headquarters in the heart of New York City’s Garment District. The space is being designed with our members in mind—improved video conferencing and digital learning capabilities, collaborative work spaces, and reduced occupancy costs of about $250,000 annually, which translate to increased services and benefits to our members. For more information and current renderings of the League’s new space, click here.
 
Donations made on League Giving Day will bolster the League’s ability to serve the more than 2,000 organizations and individuals who make up our membership. 
 
Supporting League Giving Day is simple:
ADVOCACY
 
Momentum Builds to Repeal Tax on Tax-Exempt Organizations
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Orchestras are among the nonprofit organizations hit hard by a provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that created a new 21% tax on parking and commuting benefits that nonprofits provide to their employees. This unprecedented tax on nonprofit expenses has been added to existing Unrelated Business Income Taxes (UBIT) that apply across the charitable sector.
 
Many orchestras offer parking and commuting benefits to their musicians and staff, and some are required to do so by their municipalities. On March 14, the Richmond Symphony was featured at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations to describe how the new UBIT expense is diverting nonprofit resources away from mission-centered activity. The League is a leading partner with other national charitable organizations calling on Congress to repeal the new UBIT provision, and bipartisan bills to do so have now been introduced in both the House and Senate. Orchestras can add their voices to this effort by visiting the League’s dedicated advocacy center.
 
AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT THESE EVERGREEN RESOURCES
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