Snowy walk in the December woods.                                                                                                                            For home page images from past weeks, check Pinterest.

Snowy walk in the December woods.                                                                                                                            For home page images from past weeks, check Pinterest.

Lutman & Associates works with clients and independent producers in cultural, media, and philanthropic sectors, and in the intersections among these. We are known for creative, future-facing projects that help organizations explore new initiatives and break new ground. As consultants we are hired to develop strategy; conduct program assessments; collaborate on planning and launching new initiatives; and support and lead planning and evaluation. 

Our distinctive capability comes from having done the work: we’ve been there.

As entrepreneurs we are actively engaged in developing and testing our own ideas and in sharing our learning. For example, our pop-up events are public projects and curated roundtables through which we work to build community capacity for dialogue, debate, and discovery. Pop ups feature the ideas and people that are influencing us, and turn our work inside out to share with colleagues and collaborators. Stay tuned to learn more about what we have up our sleeves. 

Sarah Lutman is also a widely published author for local, regional, and national publishing platforms.


CURRENT consulting


Current projects include:

+ Continuing evolution of our work with the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation with whom we're currently working on a report on place-based foundations whose grantmaking includes media in the public interest. The report will be released in January 2018.

+ Field research and interviews to support the 2030 strategic planning process at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our final report, created in collaboration with Dot Connector Studio, will be ready in January.

+Grantmaking: We're supporting the development and launch of the American Orchestras' Futures Fund with the League of American Orchestras.

+Assessment and exploration of program options: We're collaborating with Detroit-based CultureSource to help gather input into current program offerings and to explore new directions.

+Watch for our evaluation report exploring the impact of the Kresge Detroit program's support of individual artists - coming in January!


And more! 

Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.



Workshop for ArtsLab participants

Our next digital engagement workshops will be in closed session for the current participants in Arts Midwest's ArtsLab program. New tools we're building for ArtsLab will soon be available on our website. Follow us on Twitter @Lutman_Sarah for news about upcoming workshops, pop-ups, and events. And, Happy New Year!


Latest Writing

Minnesota philanthropic leaders came together early this year to establish a funding collaborative that supports nonprofits serving the state’s immigrants and refugees. Solidarity MN is a partnership among more than a dozen of the state’s foundations, including several of the largest. The group recently awarded its first round of $2,500 grants to nonprofits across Minnesota, and it will offer larger grants in its second funding round this fall.

The aim of Solidarity MN is to support nonprofits led by and serving immigrants and refugees. These organizations are experiencing unusual stress, both in service demand and heightened information needs of their target populations.

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