First Person: Dan Cardinali

August 15, 2016 I was the fresh recruit when I last wrote. Now I am the rookie, gauging my position, and with a learning curve of observations I am just beginning to reflect back to…

Pulling the Threads Through

Independent Sector’s 2015 Threads series sparked conversations across the country and across the sector. Threads brought together thousands of sector leaders to examine emerging sector trends and to explore the challenges and the opportunities organizations…

Art, History, and our Common Future

A Conversation with Dr. Johnnetta Cole Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole has served as the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art since 2009, and she serves on the Scholar Advisory Committee of the…

Honoring Diversity and Promoting Inclusion in the Arts

From education and mentorship to community outreach programs, nonprofit arts organizations are collaborating to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sector. Last May, after a year of collaboration among members, stakeholders, partners, and staff,…

IS Polling Research Informs Presidential Campaigns

Alexis de Tocqueville, an early visitor to our shores, observed that “In every case, at the head of any new undertaking, where in France you would find the government or in England some territorial magnate,…

First Person: Dan Cardinali

I grew up in a strong family that celebrated faith and believed in social justice. I remember visiting the South Bronx with my sociologist mother and going to sports games with my dad and brothers.…