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    2018–2019 Cohort

    To Give or Not to Give: Longwood Fellows Examine Donation Trends for Arts and Culture Organizations

    December 4, 2018
    by Eleanor Gould

    The Longwood Fellows program is fortunate to be situated within the thriving cultural community of the Greater Philadelphia area. The aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” is an apt metaphor for the support network that exists for the thousands of cultural organizations in the region.

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    Longwood Fellows Explore the Importance of Financial Endowments

    November 28, 2018
    by Caroline Tait

    As Longwood received the first snow dusting of the season, the Fellows departed for Morris Arboretum for our third salon in a series held at culturally significant locations. For this salon, we focused on the concept of how creating financial endowments can provide consistency and reliability on an often bumpy financial road. In short—how to fund impressive new projects and pay the electric bills.

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    Longwood Fellows Discover Importance of Boards at Jenkins

    October 16, 2018
    by Chelsea Mahaffey

    As Fellows, the Longwood Fellows Program helps us develop our leadership fluency and understanding of organizational management. As part of the program, we visit gardens with distinct missions that set them apart from others. Our most recent salon was hosted at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, which is nestled in the busy Main Line area of the Philadelphia metro region.

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    Longwood Fellows Engage in Leadership Salon at Winterthur

    September 27, 2018
    by Erin Hepfner

    The Longwood Fellows Program curriculum includes salon-style discussions hosted by regional public garden and cultural arts leaders who have expertise in specific leadership-related areas. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library was aptly selected to host the discussion of “How the Garden Fits into Institutional Mission.”

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    2017-2018 Cohort

    Leadership Gone Global

    June 6, 2018
    by Julia Thomé, Patrick MacRae, Neil Gerlowski, and Kaslin Daniels

    As nature is ever-evolving and multi-faceted, so is the operation of gardens themselves. As part of the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, our 2017–2018 Fellows spent two months at individual field placement sites across the globe to learn from thought leaders, as well as to share and grow their own expertise.

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    Longwood Fellows Dive into the Business of Public Gardens

    November 6, 2017
    by Neil Gerlowski, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018

    Great public gardens must function as successful businesses to provide maximum impact and return on their mission. Leaders of nonprofit organizations focus on mission while also exercising fiscal discipline in order to meet their strategic objectives.

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    Bartram’s Garden Welcomes Longwood Fellows

    September 21, 2017
    by Julia Thomé, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018

    In the early 1800s, at the country’s first botanic garden, Ann Bartram Carr welcomed boaters by serving them ice cream. Today, neighborhood kids ride Bartram’s Garden kayaks out to a raft on the Schuylkill River where they, too, are greeted with free ice cream. Such is the spirit of welcome that we, the Longwood Fellows, were greeted with during our recent visit to Bartram’s Garden.

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    Longwood Fellows Engage in Leadership Salon

    August 16, 2017
    by Neil Gerlowski, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018

    On July 27, the inaugural cohort of Longwood Fellows traveled to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the first in a series of Leadership Salons that will expose the Fellows to thought leaders in public horticulture and beyond and to the challenging topics they face in the nonprofit sector. This first salon, led by Danielle Rice, Ph.D., Director of Museum Leadership at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, focused on the history of urban public spaces—an appropriate place to begin.

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    Follow the Fellows

    August 10, 2017
    by Dr. Tamara Fleming, Director of the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program

    “Leadership” can be an amorphous term. Most agree that it is an important quality to possess these days, from scholars to the average person on the street, but how is the term defined and what does it mean to study leadership in 2017? Beginning with this post, the Longwood Gardens Fellows invite you to “Follow the Fellows” as they define the term for themselves and actively seek to develop their leadership skills and personal brands.

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