Articles & Books

The Field Guide to Human Centered Design
From IDEO, The Field Guide has everything you need to understand the people you're designing for, to have more effective brainstorms, to prototype your ideas, and to ultimately arrive at more creative solutions.

The Sustainability Mindset
Authors Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman present a field guide to the matrix map—a powerful tool for nonprofit strategic decision-making

Why “Where”? Because “Who”
Facing waning audiences and challenged relevancy, many arts organizations are paying closer attention to place — the settings where arts experiences are offered — as a way to attract and more deeply engage new audiences. This report, developed by AEA Consulting, examines why and how place has become an important variable for arts practitioners to consider as they chart a course for the future.

From Anguish to Balance
19 ways to turn around a nonprofit organization.

Reporting Financial Information to the Board
In order to fulfill their responsibilities, board members must be able to rely on financial information that is accurate, timely, in context, and appropriate. This resource outlines the types of financial reports that are needed as well as how to present the information to the Board.

Measure What Matters: 6 Metrics Arts Leaders Should Track
TRG Arts compiled 6 metrics that arts and cultural organizations should be tracking in order to assess their current situation, stabilize their business model, and start generating working capital. They have generated a short video for each metric.

Selecting A Consultant

The consultants on this list were recommended and vetted by NCAR Advisory Board members.  Each was contacted and agreed to be listed.  All have participated in a webinar on the NCAR KIPI Dashboard.

Engaging a Consultant: Advantages & Challenges to Finding the Right Match, Arts Insights

Choosing a Consultant, The Community Toolbox, Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas

How to Choose and Work with a Consultant, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Working with a Consultant or Technical Assistance Provider: A Resource List, Foundation Center


Peter Linett
Slover Linett Audience
4147 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Fran Kumin
176 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
212-535-9126 or 917-796-6611

Greg Kandel
Management Consultants for the Arts
65 High Ridge Rd, #128
Stanford, CA
203-353-0722 |

Molly Penn
PENN Creative Strategy

Julia Perkins
MBMD Strategic Consultants
Chicago, IL

Anne Bergeron
Anne Bergeron & CO Consulting
75 Blackstone Boulevard, Ste 2B
Providence, RI 

Paul Harder
Harder+Company Community Research
202 W First St, Suite 4-0430
Los Angeles, CA 20016

Cheryl Yuen
312 Malden Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Sheridan Joslin
Dini Spheris

Network for Culture & Arts Policy
410 Eastern Parkway
Suite 1J
Brooklyn, NY 11225