There are a few theories that describe dance nonprofits best.

The theory of change describes how an organization is planned, how it participates, and is evaluated. Looking at a particular population, we recognize that society will be better because these type of nonprofits exist.

Looking at the Worth class textbook I learned that Lohmann’s theory of common goods best suits dance nonprofit organizations. Some missions for dance NPO’s are to foster an appreciation for all forms of dance through the presentation of live dance performances. They are dedicated to promoting dance in the community. This idea does not describe either private or public goods. Dance is not to be consumed by an individual nor is of interest or benefit to all people. The idea of common goods makes sense for dance organizations as all participants of the particular commons can benefit or are of interest in the subject. Typically, those who participate in dance organizations have a passion to participate or support the arts. The Theory of Commons views NPO’s in a third category which makes sense since theaters are neither a private or public good (Worth).

Looking at the logic model for dance nonprofits, there are specific inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impacts that are unique to this field. The inputs are endless but most important to include are the artists/students/dancers, the rehearsal space, theater/stage, costumes, music and teachers. The outputs typically include the performance/show itself, the dances, the number of people served. The outcome is what the audience experienced themselves due to the immersion of the art. The impact of dance nonprofits can vary as to either providing knowledge to those who watch or by spreading joy for the art. For SVRDC, they have set core values as an organization. They want to be able to give qualified dance students professional performance opportunities as well as be a springboard for the expectation of dance and choreography. As stated on their website, the impacts they want to leave are: respecting all people, doing the right thing, striving for excellence and giving back to the community.

The business model is about satisfying customers and achieving desired profitability. For dance NPO’s we can look at the reviews and critiques of the performance, and were people satisfied? Was the quality of performance substantial? This is also reflected in the nonprofit’s revenue. Were there sold out performances? Was there a large turnout for the show? Did enough people attend and add on merchandise or food/beverage purchase to exceed the costs of production?


Worth, M. J. (2019). Nonprofit management: Principles and practice. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.