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Thomas C. Layton, president of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation for the past 38 years, will retire effective at the end of 2013. Mr. Layton will assume the title of President Emeritus. He will be succeeded by Stacie Ma’a, the Foundation’s Vice President and a staff member for the last 14 years.
The Boston Review kicks off an online conversation What are Foundations For? with a lead essay by Bob Reich, and responses by Stanley Katz, Diane Ravitch, Christopher Coyn, Paul Brest, and a host of others.
In a just-published TED Talk, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, announced earlier this month that Margaret Hunt has been selected as the new director. She will be responsible for developing a statewide shared vision for Colorado's creative industries and expanding the commitment of local, state, and federal governments to the state's creative economy.
The trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have elected Carol Coletta as vice president/community and national initiatives. She is a nationally recognized expert on cities and the use of the arts to build communities. Coletta is the director of ArtPlace, a unique collaboration between private foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) organized to promote creative placemaking.
Of the nearly six thousand respondents to Nonprofit Finance Fund's fifth annual survey of the nonprofit sector, nine hundred represented arts and culture organizations. The data is posted to NFF's website in the form of an online data analyzer, with arts-specific results here. Some of the highlights:
From Janet Brown from her blog Better Together
I took a short hiatus from blogging in the first quarter 2013. I was “blogged out.” I've been storing up some ideas and am ready to put them out there again for better or worse.
A new report, Using Technology to Build a Healthy, Sustainable Jazz Environment, which includes case studies of some of the projects supported through the Jazz.NEXT program as well as observations on its outcomes has been published by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation. The report examines six grantees that are representative of the program:
From Jane O'Brien at BBC News Magazine: