Why Arts? Poetry Helps Some Cope With An Earthquake's Aftermath

(3-14-10) Haitian American poet Jean-Dany Joachim uses poetry to describe a visit to his home country of Haiti after the quake, which looked, as he put it, like a country "with its guts open."

Capitalization Tools and Strategies Webinar

(3-11-10) This afternoon, Rebecca Thomas, director of National Customized Services at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, presented a webinar hosted on GIA's website, as a follow up to the February Dynamic Adaptability session with Clara Miller. Holly Sidford, president of Helicon Collaborative introduced the presentation. This was an opportunity for participants, as well as representatives of nonprofits who did not attend the earlier session, to follow up with questions and comments.

Ben Cameron at TEDxYCC

(3-11-10) GIA member, Ben Cameron, program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, recently spoke at TEDx in Calgary. (TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.)

Not Your Parents' Philanthropy

(3-10-10) And probably not your grandparents' either. Shelly Banjo introduces the next generation of grantmakers on the Wall Street Journal's finance blog.

GIA on the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Blog

(3-9-10) GIA board member John Killacky and GIA deputy director Tommer Peterson are guest bloggers on the Americans for the Arts Blog Salon this week. Executive Director Janet Brown will also appear soon.

AP: Grants That Saved Important Relics Now Endangered

(3-9-10) "As Hillary Rodham Clinton was leaving the White House, she asked Laura Bush first lady to first lady to continue one program if nothing else the historic preservation program Save America's Treasures...Now, the grant program Clinton created that helped restore the original star-spangled banner, Rosa Parks' bus, President Lincoln's summer cottage in Washington and hundreds of sites across the country is on the current administration's chopping block.

How Is Your State Arts Agency Doing?

(3-9-10) I recently visited GIA board member Robert Booker, Executive Director at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. They lost 34% of their funding from 2009 into 2010 and are looking at more cuts as their state legislature seeks to reduce budget deficits in 2011. I also had a conversation with Phillip Horn at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. They are in the same situation and were nearly zeroed out last year.

Bush Foundation Suspends North and South Dakota Grant Program

(3-6-10) "The Bush Foundation will not be accepting any additional applications for funding under this program as it is currently configured. As part of its Goals for a Decade, the Bush Foundation has been working to bring its programs into clearer focus on educational achievement, Native nation rebuilding, and leadership and community engagement..."

An Artist and the Haiti Earthquake

(3-4-10) Simon Romero of the New York Times offers a moving report on Haitian musician Beken ( Jean-Prosper Deauphin) performing in a neighborhood bar post-earthquake.

Study of nonprofits in L.A. County finds donations for advocacy efforts can bring big results for communities.

(3-4-10) In the Los Angeles Times: "Most charitable giving goes to programs that provide a service rather than try to fix the system. But a study of Los Angeles County nonprofits found that spending on advocacy and organizing can yield major benefits for the communities that donors want to help.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy estimated that for every dollar invested in the work of a selection of advocacy groups, there was $91 in benefits to local residents...."