Snapshot Surveys

Snapshot Surveys allow TCG to gather and disseminate information quickly and to identify new areas for investigation. Some Snapshot Surveys are more comprehensive and are administered at regular intervals. These include the Taking Your Fiscal Pulse Survey, Governing Boards Survey, Employee Benefits Survey and Education Survey.

Upcoming Snapshot Surveys:

For information about TCG's Snapshot Surveys, please contact Ilana Rose, associate director of research & collective action, at irose@tcg.org.

Snapshot Survey Reports:

  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse 2012: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    206 theatres participated in the latest snapshot survey on the field's current state of affairs, conducted in collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). The report conveys actual and projected activity for theatres’ fiscal year ending anytime in 2012. Read the press release here.
  • Report: Employee Benefits Survey 2012
    154 theatres participated in the 2012 Employee Benefits Survey, which gathered information on a range of employee benefits, including various types of health, pension and disability plans offered, policies regarding paid leave, professional development opportunities and staff "perks."
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fall 2011: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    350 theatres participated in the latest snapshot survey on the field's current state of affairs, conducted in collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). The report conveys actual and projected activity for theatres’ fiscal year ending anytime in 2011. Read the Theatre Facts 2010 and Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fall 2011 press release here.
  • Snapshot Survey—Fall 2010: Online Ticket Sales and Contributions
    The growing importance of technology in marketing and fundraising is a frequent topic of interest in TCG meetings, teleconferences and email requests. This report is a compilation of the responses from the 125 theatres that shared information about the extent to which they are selling tickets and receiving contributions online.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Spring 2010 : A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    The latest in a series of snapshot surveys aimed at capturing theatres’ most current state of affairs, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Spring 2010 marked TCG’s third collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), the result of which was participation by 435 not-for-profit theatres. This report presents national findings from this snapshot survey, including actual and projected activity for their fiscal year ending anytime between fall 2009 and fall 2010, the state of endowments and cash flow and theatres’ current concerns and priorities. Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Spring 2010 is being released in conjunction with The New Normal: One Year Later, a report based on TCG board “phone tree” conversations that took place between TCG board members and member theatres in January and February 2010.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the National Not-for-Profit Theatre
    Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 was TCG’s third Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot survey. It also marked TCG's second collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), the result of which was participation by over 465 not-for-profit theatres and a greater sense of the state of the national theatre field. This report relays national findings from this snapshot survey. Theatres reported on the actual and projected activity for their fiscal year ending anytime between spring 2009 through winter 2010. Download the Printer-Friendly PDF.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the San Francisco Bay Area Not-for-Profit Theatre Community
    This report on the Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 snapshot survey focuses on the 106 participating theatres that are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and are members of Theatre Bay Area (TBA). While the spotlight stays on Bay Area theatres, there are occasional comparisons to non-Bay Area theatres from across the country but only when significant differences surface.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 : A Budget Group Breakdown of Data from TCG Member Theatres
    This is a compilation of the responses from the 215 TCG member theatres that participated in the Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—August 2009 snapshot survey. The data is presented with a breakdown by budget size and is meant for informal use by TCG members.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Community
    Following the completion of TCG's Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—January 2009 snapshot survey of its members, TCG relaunched the survey for members of the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO). This report is a compilation of Bay Area data— collected with the assistance of Theatre Bay Area— from that survey, which was conducted over the period of February to April 2009. It offers the most comprehensive look at the fiscal health of not-for-profit theatres in the Bay Area since the beginning of the economic downturn.  Download the Press Release (PDF). Listen to the audio transcript of TCG and Theatre Bay Area's teleconference, Innovating Through A Crisis: Theatre Companies Talk About the Current Financial Reality and What They're Doing About It .
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—January 2009
    This report is a compilation of the data from TCG's second Taking Your Fiscal Pulse snapshot survey, which was conducted in January 2009.  It highlights fiscal data from members during the period of fall 2008-winter 2009, as well as budget projections and re-projections for participants' fiscal year end. The report also includes notes on various Budget Group outliers that were discovered in the analysis.  Download the Press Release (PDF) for Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: January 2009. Listen to the audio transcript of TCG's teleconference, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: What Are the Implications for Your Theatre? A panel discussion moderated by David Hawkanson with panelists J. Scott Atherton, Elisbeth Challener, Paula Tomei and Chris Widdess, held on Thursday, March 19, 2009.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—January 2009: Budget Group Analysis
    This companion report to Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: January 2009 includes detailed data organized by Budget Group.
  • Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—September 2008
    In addition to regular research efforts, such as the annual Fiscal Survey, TCG launched a program in 2008 that would provide more timely and up-to-date fiscal information for its members through snapshot surveys conducted at varying points throughout the year. The results serve as an invaluable benchmarking tool for theatre leaders and also supply timely information for theatre stakeholders—trustees, foundation and corporate executives, policy makers and the national press.
  • Governing Boards Survey 2007
    Conducted periodicially, TCG’s Governing Boards Survey explores various facets of not-for-profit boards of directors, including board composition and structure, board policies, board development, board/staff relations and board committees.  The survey results in an in-depth governance report that is a valuable resource for trustees and managers alike.
  • Employee Benefits Survey 2005
  • The Employee Benefits Survey polled member theatres on topics related to their employee benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, paid leave and more.
  • Education Survey
  • An annual survey that gathers information about the educational and outreach activities of the TCG membership. Theatres are asked to outline types of education and audience development plans they offer, budget information and federal sources for funding those programs as well as education-related and long-term goals.