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Announcing New Research on Formula-Based Funding in the Arts

Grantmakers in the Arts is pleased to announce the release of new research on the formula-based funding practices of public arts funders and united arts funds. Through interviews with sixteen leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, Recalculating the Formula for Success documents the new ways that these funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

Read the report.

New York City Unveils its First Cultural Plan

From The Architect's Newspaper:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s first ever cultural plan, CreateNYC, which has been in the works for months. CreateNYC is a blueprint for expanding the Big Apple’s cultural sector; it mainly focuses on increasing diversity across museum boards and addressing historically underserved communities.

Funding will come from the mayor’s office, with an additional $5 million from City Council to be allocated. The majority of it will go towards less prominent arts groups—especially those that lay outside of Manhattan. Approximately $1.5 million will be directed towards increasing support for low-income communities and underrepresented groups, while $4.5 million will be used to support the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) in low-income communities.

Learning to Bridge the Generation Gap in Family Foundations

A recent article in The New York Times discusses how family foundations are navigating generational changes and younger family members take on roles alongside, and sometimes in place of, founding family members:

It used to be that the philanthropic baton would be passed to the next generation when the parents died. In the past, fewer generations actively worked together.
Draft Budget Appropriations for NEA, NEH, ED, IMLS, and CPB Released

GIA's latest update on the National Endowment for the Arts and other threatened federal agencies comes from our federal policy firm, Penn Hill Group (Washington, DC). A recent post on Arts Funders Respond has the latest information on subcommittee budget recommendations for the federal departments and programs related to education and the arts:

Ted Russell Joins Kenneth Rainin Foundation

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the appointment of Ted Russell as associate director of arts strategy and ventures. Russell joins the foundation with high-level arts management expertise developed through years working as an artist and arts marketing executive as well as a grantmaker. Russell’s experience includes a decade serving as the senior program officer for the arts program at the James Irvine Foundation. He has served on the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts since 2016.

Study Shows Women Leading in Philanthropic Giving

An article in The Denver Post cites data from a report by Fidelity Charitable pointing to the fact that “women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts”:

The data reported by this study indicate significant changes and opportunities in philanthropy –now and in the long term. As women continue to acquire more education, career opportunities, leadership positions and wealth (both earned and inherited), their desire and capacity to play a meaningful role in philanthropy will grow proportionately.
Integrating Arts, Culture Into Community Development a 'Win-Win'

An article in the Philanthropy News Digest discusses the results of two recent reports from The Kresge Foundation and Point Forward:

NASAA Releases Forecast of State Arts Agency Appropriations for FY18

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies has released the State Arts Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview, Fiscal Year 2018. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2018, which began July 1, 2017.

View the document.

Beth Tuttle to Step Down as President of DataArts in October 2017

Beth Tuttle, president and CEO of DataArts, announced that she will resign from her leadership role in the organization. DataArts, formerly known as the Cultural Data Project, is the respected national resource for in-depth data about nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Tuttle, who has led the organization since March 2013, will remain in her role through October 6, 2017.

California Arts Council Gets $6.8 Million Permanent Increase in Funding

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $6.8 million permanent increased funding allocation for the California Arts Council.

The budget also includes an additional $750,000 ongoing allocation to directly support increased arts programming for youth engaged in California's juvenile justice system, as well as an additional $2 million increased allocation for California's Arts in Corrections program.