Winding Down Workshop Series

Winding Down is a series of webinars that will take organizations through the steps of determining whether to close, merge, or go dormant and how to wind down in a way that takes the community’s love of your organization into account. Nebraska Arts Council staff knows that this topic is difficult and sensitive, but want to help answer your questions and provide tools and strategies for these tough times. Designed for board members and staff, each session will focus on a different step in the process: first, working with your Board to come to a decision; second, planning and tackling the legal and financial side of closures, mergers, and dormancy; third, identifying the ways your mission will live on in the community.

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Previous Sessions:

Session 1: Discussions and Decisions

The pandemic has had an undeniable impact on theaters, artists, and nonprofit arts organizations. For some, the impact has spurred questions related to financial stability, mission impact and the very survival of their organization. But, where should these discussions start, who should they include, and what should be examined to help determine whether your organization can weather the continuing storm? Led by Nebraska Arts Council staff and concluding with a Question & Answer session, Winding Down: Discussions and Decisions will provide tips and tools to help you examine your organization’s position and decide whether closing, merging with another nonprofit, going dormant, or staying the course is the right option for you.

Session 2: Legal and Financial Steps | Wednesday, Feb 24th at 1:00pm CST

Join NAC Staff, Attorney Stephanie Mattoon, and Accountant Krystal Siebrandt for part two of Winding Down. In this session you’ll encounter some of the essential legal and financial steps an organization needs to take if going dormant, dissolving or merging with another organization. Tax filings, transferring property and notifying state officials are all important, but knowing when and where to start can be hard to decipher. Attendees will come away with information that will help them tackle this process step-by-step and will be able to have their questions answered by seasoned professionals.

Session 3: Leaving a Legacy 

Leaving a legacy, the third part of NAC’s Winding Down series, focuses on the best practices of publicizing your organizational status to your community and ensuring your mission’s work continues. Stuhr Museum Executive Director Chris Hochstetler will discuss how to maintain the human element in drastic organizational changes and communicate positively with stakeholders. Additionally, UNO Criss Library’s Director of Archives and Special Collections Amy Schindler will be on hand to provide tips for preserving and documenting the difference your organization has made.