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ArtPlace America Announces Grants

A consortium consisting of several GIA members including The National Endowment for the Arts and several private foundations have created a grant program to support economic revitalization through the arts.  ArtPlace America announced its first round of grants today. 

RIP Wesley Montgomery
Wesley Montgomery

GIA received news that Wesley Montgomery, Chief Operating Officer at National Performance Network, died early Tuesday morning, May 24, in New Orleans.

A celebration of Wesley's life will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. A donation has been made to establish an annual NPN Mentorship & Leadership award in Wesley Montgomery's name. Contributions can be made in support of this award, payable to the National Performance Network.

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Nonprofits and the Tax Code Overhaul | Part 2

(4-15-2011) Related to yesterday's post on the tax code overhaul is Liz Skinner's story in Investment News, in which she reports an uptick in charitable donations inspired by the December 2010 tax deal (extending the Bush-era tax cuts) and the potential limits (28% of the dollars donated) on charitable deductions under President Obama's proposed plan.

Read the article here.

Nonprofits and the Tax Code Overhaul

(4-14-2011) President Obama's deficit reduction strategy includes a plan to convert mortgage interest and charitable contribution deductions into limited tax credits.

Richard Rubin, writing for Bloomberg does a thorough job of capturing the complexity of the tax debate here.

Hewlett Foundation Launches New Initiative to Reform Education Policy in California

(4-13-2011) The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded $3.5 million to establish the California Education Policy Fund, an initiative created to support innovative organizations working to reform education policy throughout the state with an emphasis on underserved students, the Foundation announced today.

Interim President/CEO Named by Association of Performing Arts Presenters

(4-13-2011) Jim Copenhaver, Senior Partner, JC Enterprises, will assume the role of Interim President/CEO for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) effective July 1, 2011, if a permanent replacement has not yet been named. Jim will begin working with outgoing President/CEO Sandra Gibson and the staff to ensure a smooth transition. After June 30, Sandra will move into a new role as Special Executive through September to further assist with the transition.

Landesman and Sims Featured Speakers at Goodman Theatre

(4-13-2011) The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois, the Goodman Theatre, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, invite you to The Arts and Culture in Action, a discussion about how the arts contribute to the development of a thriving region.

Final Budget Agreement for 2011 Cuts NEA, Arts in Education

(4-13-2011) From AFTA Arts Action News:

The House Appropriations Committee publicly released the final budget agreement for FY 2011 negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate leaders, which includes $155 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This represents a cut of $12.5 million from the FY 2010 enacted level of $167.5 million, which is significantly better than the previous House-approved level of $124.4 million.

Tomorrow | GIA Web Conference: Why Do Balance Sheets Matter?

(4-11-2011) Please join us tomorrow, April 12, at 2:00 EST/11:00 PST for Why Do Balance Sheets Matter?, a web-based presentation by Rodney Christopher of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

All GIA Web Conference Series webinars are free to GIA member staffs and boards. Online Registration is available through tomorrow morning.