Blogs

Philanthropy and Social Investing: Blueprint 2010

(2-24-10) Based on her 15 year track record advising the world’s largest foundations, Lucy Bernholz of Blueprint Research and Design has published a new monograph for the industry of giving - Philanthropy and Social Investing: Blueprint 2010. Hard copy is available here and the Kindle edition here.

Sometimes Good Ideas and Good Art Aren't Enough
(This blog was written for the Americans for the Arts salon event occurring the week of March 8)

(2-24-10) I’ve always said, “Money follows good ideas.” But, as we all know, that’s an oversimplification. We wish raising money was as simple as having a good idea, explaining that idea and waiting for the “investor” to respond, like pitching a movie script or TV pilot.

Ford Family Foundation launches $3.5 million fellowship program for Oregon artists

(2-23-10) The Ford Family Foundation has announced a new $3.5 million visual arts program that is sweeping in its potential effect on Oregon's artists and the institutions that support artists. The new program also builds upon the cultural legacy of one of the founders of the Roseburg-based foundation, the late Hallie E. Ford, an art patron and major benefactor to Willamette University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Hear It Directly from the Artists

(2-23-10) Here's a great video produced by Artist Trust of Washington for their annual supporters auction. It features a number of artists and others making the case for the arts in their own words. It asks the questions why is art important? and why fund the arts?

Interview with David Byrne

(2-21-10) Here's a brief audio interview with David Byrne by Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing following Byrne's TED talk on the way artists create their music and other works to look and sound their best in the venue in which they appear.

Is Michael Kaiser Really Living in a Parallel Universe?

(2-17-10) Apparently people are asking him. Read his comments on Huffington Post “As donors decide which organizations to continue to support, the institutions that are doing vital, important work are the ones who will continue to be supported. Not only must the work be interesting but the marketing of that work and of the institution as a whole must be aggressive and creative.”

Newsweek sends a Valentine to Rocco

(2-12-10) There are dozens of federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and dozens of men and women running them, but it's hard to imagine that any of these civil servants has a Tom Sawyer streak wider than Rocco Landesman's. His CV includes the kind of grown-up adventures that his fellow (if fictional) Missourian might envy. He started and ran a multimillion-dollar investment fund, owned and bet on racehorses, and faced the most ludicrous odds of all by becoming a Broadway producer. Nor did this exhaust his energies.

Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound

(2-11-10) Video and documents from Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound, the first of a three-part series designed to give arts and cultural organizations in the Puget Sound region the skills and support to respond to evolving realities in the environment are now on the GIA website.

Cultural Capital: Tools for Managing Revenue and Risk featured an opening plenary by Clara Miller, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, followed by afternoon workshops for both nonprofits and funders led by NFF staff.

Liquidity and Common Sense

(2-10-10) I recently attended a session led by Clara Miller of Nonprofit Finance Fund on capitalization. NFF has spent years working with nonprofits as lenders and advisors on financial systems and practices. They are part of a handful of knowledgeable experts in the arts and finance. Much of what Clara said rang a bell with me.

Obama appoints painter, novelist and four non-artists to President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanties

(2-9-10) President Obama has picked six people to join the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanties; two of them, painter-photographer Chuck Close and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short-story writer Jhumpa Lahiri, will become the first visual artist and writer on an advisory panel weighted with actors and business people.