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Posted on June 20, 2017 by Monica

From Philanthropy News Digest:

The F.B. Heron Foundation in New York City has announced that Clara Miller will step down as president at the end of December. Miller, who has served as director and president of Heron since 2010, will assume the role of president emerita and will continue to write, speak, and undertake research aimed at advancing the foundation's mission.

The widely respected Miller launched a strategic review of the foundation's grantmaking in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis that led to the adoption of a new operating model focused on impact investments in enterprises that create reliable income streams for people striving to lift themselves out of poverty.

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Monica

The Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) board of directors voted unanimously on June 9, 2017 to appoint Todd Stein as its new chief executive officer.

Stein will lead M-AAA, the nation’s first regional arts organization that fosters and serves artists, cultural organizations, and communities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond. He has been serving as the organization’s interim CEO since August 2016 and before that as its chief operating officer.

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Monica

An article in the PhilanTopic blog highlights the work of the CrossCurrents Foundation to support films that explore social issues:

Soon after [co-founders Ken Grossinger and Michelíne Klagsbrun] created their foundation, the couple contacted Gittens with a proposal to establish the Justice Matters film series and award.

"Over the past eight years, Justice Matters has featured forty-one films," Blackaby told me. "And thanks to the Wyncote Foundation, we've been able to create that community connection, too: taking films out to schools and other settings, using social media to reach new audiences, and bringing the filmmakers and resource people to post-screening discussions."

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Monica

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Charitable giving hit a record high for the third straight year in 2016, reaching $390.1 billion, according to "Giving USA," an annual study that estimates American philanthropy. However, donations rose at a slower rate than in recent years — 1.4 percent — as key economic indicators grew modestly and a divisive election season sowed uncertainty.

Foundation and corporate giving saw modest gains, with each increasing by a little more than 2 percent, to $59.3 billion and $18.6 billion, respectively. Giving to arts and culture groups grew by 5.1 percent, the second-biggest jump [by giving category], reaching $18.2 billion.

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Monica

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture has released a report exploring mechanisms for creating, activating, and preserving cultural spaces amid the city’s real estate boom.

“Despite cultural space’s role in strengthening neighborhoods, creating and maintaining these spaces in strong real estate markets can be extremely difficult. The older, smaller, more eccentric spaces that often house cultural uses and small businesses are particularly vulnerable to development-driven displacement.”

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Monica

The Council on Foundations had published an informative update on how potential federal tax reforms affecting the charitable deduction (which allows individuals to write off contributions to nonprofits on their taxes) could negatively impact giving to private foundations. To mitigate consequences of changes to the charitable deduction, the Council encourages funders to advocate for “a universal charitable deduction as a part of tax reform.” The update from Council offers detailed information on how private foundations can engage in advocacy and lobbying on this issue.

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Monica

A recent article from The McKnight Foundation highlights the thriving arts community in rural Fergus Falls, Minnesota:

In what has become a national model, artists in Fergus Falls worked within their communities to create a meaningful, vibrant, and equitable place. According to the 2017 Creative Minnesota report, the economic impact of the arts and culture activity in Fergus Falls alone is nearly $3 million every year.
Posted on June 1, 2017 by SuJ'n

For the month of June, GIA’s photo banner features work and artists supported by Boise City Department of Arts & History (A&H). Created in 2008, A&H supports public art, cultural programs, history programs, cultural sites, and the care and conservation of Boise cultural assets. Boise’s Percent-for-Art funding helps assure A&H’s ability to serve an advisory role to a $50 million local arts and history industry.

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Monica

The most recent installment of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California, supported by the California Arts Council, takes a deep dive into California’s creative industries; more specifically, into their impact on the state’s economy. This year, California Arts Council funded an addendum to the report on the need for affordable housing and workspaces for artists, offering solutions for the future.

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Monica

Christy Morse, CEO of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) and board chair of the organization’s grantmaking entities, announced that after more than 20 years of leading the organization, she is stepping down from her role as CEO.

Current MACP president, Paul Busch, will assume the CEO role on July 1, 2017, while Christy will remain as CEO Emeritus through January 31, 2018, when she will formally retire as CEO. Christy will continue serving as board chair of Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, leading the efforts of each board in developing organization strategies, evaluating funding priorities, and assessing program effectiveness.