Financial Software Upgrade

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in America, with an extraordinary collection of specimens of the natural world and an extensive program of scientific research. This grant allowed the Academy to replace their financial software system, which had been in place since 1996. The new system, Serenic Navigator, provided greater flexibility and access to financial information, upgrading fundamental infrastructure resources to support the research and educational mission of the Academy, and improving productivity. With this system, the Academy was able to measure the effectiveness and cost of programs more effectively, as well as account for complex grant budgets accurately. The production of clearer and more detailed financial statements was integral to the Academy’s merger with Drexel University in 2012.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.
Grants & Grantees

Bristol Riverside Theatre is a vibrant, engaged community theater in the northeast reaches of the Philadelphia area.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Philip Bither has been the Walker Art Center’s senior curator of performing arts since 1997.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Joseph C. Thompson has spearheaded the creation of MASS MoCA from its beginnings in 1987 to its realization in 1999.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia connects the region’s arts organizations and for-profit businesses.

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.

Brooklyn-based performers Liftig and Cleary present an evening of performance rooted in comedic and ecstatic engagements of the everyday.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jan Ramirez has served as chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City since 2006.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, and she is currently an independent consultant and entrepreneur.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America.

Yancey considers whether arts organizations be expected to approach their businesses with the same degree of courage and creativity that they expect of presenting artists.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science assembled an advisory group to research partnerships with higher education institutions to respond to growing demand from students for access to its resources.