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Client Spotlight: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and RSC Partner to Achieve Stellar Annual Fund Success.

After coming out of well-publicized financial and labor difficulties in 2011, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's (DSO) Annual Fund is now on pace to grow at a rate not seen in over a decade.  

In mid-2010 the DSO engaged Robert Swaney Consulting (RSC) to create and implement the strategies and tactics needed to significantly grow the individual giving base.  Despite the extreme challenges facing the organization at the time, DSO and RSC staff worked together to produce a 32% increase in dollars and an 18% increase in the number of donors over the previous year.  Together, we not only reversed a decade-long negative trend in less than one year, but we also greatly surpassed the budgeted goal for the fiscal year.

The Fat Lady Sings at Opera Boston...

...well somebody had to say it.

If you haven't heard the news, Opera Boston will cease operations on January 1, 2012.  They cited "lackluster fundraising in a tough economic climate" as the primary factor that lead to a $500,000 "insurmountable" budget deficit.

I'll admit, I don't know much about Opera Boston's organization or the circumstances that led to the decision to close their doors, but I do know that many arts organizations -- even some around the Opera's $3M annual budget mark -- would dance a jig if their deficit totaled only $500k!  It just doesn't strike me as an insurmountable number....but who knows?

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