Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been selected by the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors as the organization’s new president & CEO. Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown, who will step down at the end of 2017.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on May 5, 2010 by GIA News

(5-5-10) The Center for Effective Philanthropy has just released a report titled Working With Grantees: The Keys to Success and Five Program Officers Who Exemplify Them. The report concludes an eight-year analysis of several thousand grantee surveys. Its authors have distilled this information into a list of five qualities that nonprofits value in their foundation funders, briefly: fairness, comfort, responsiveness, clarity, and consistency.

Posted on May 4, 2010 by GIA News

(5-4-10) Last week, New York Governor David Patterson proposed a “$620 million Gap Closing Plan” that includes this line item:

Posted on May 4, 2010 by GIA News

(5-4-10) From The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has backed off a proposal to cut the city's arts grants by $415,000 and direct the money to cultural groups of his choosing, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on May 4, 2010 by GIA News

(5-4-10) Betsy and Dick DeVos have pledged $22.5 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to expand the Center's 9-year old arts management institute. The institute, which has trained approximately 4,000 arts administrators in nonprofit operations, will be renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Betsy DeVos has served on the Kennedy Center board for six years and her husband, Dick, is the son of Amway Corporation co-founder Rich DeVos.


Posted on May 3, 2010 by GIA News

(5-3-10) The Council on Foundations and Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) are seeking submissions of films and videos for the Council on Foundations' 44th Annual Film & Video Festival, to be held April 10-12, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To be eligible, the project must have received full or partial funding for production, distribution, and/or outreach from a private, community, operating, or corporate foundation; a corporate giving program; or a donor network. The grantmaker does not have to be a member of the Council or GFEM.

Posted on May 3, 2010 by GIA News

(5-3-10) In July, WNYC Radio acquired classical music station WQXR-FM and launched a $15 million capital campaign. Yesterday, the station announced the largest grant yet to this campaign, a $700,000 gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. "The grant will enable the station and its contemporary classical music stream, Q2, to develop and expand their programming and audience through live concert broadcasts and new partnerships with key cultural institutions such as the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center."

Posted on May 3, 2010 by GIA News

(5-3-10) Noelle Barton and Ben Gose summarize Chronicle of Philanthropy survey findings:

Small was beautiful in 2009. The smallest charity and foundation endowments solidly outperformed their bigger and more celebrated counterparts, according to a new Chronicle survey. Investment returns varied depending on when an endowment’s fiscal year ended, but the endowments with less than $100-million in assets had gentler declines and greater advances than their peers with assets of $1-billion or more...

Posted on May 3, 2010 by GIA News

(5-3-10) In a story for, Patrick Cole outlines ambitious educational initiatives undertaken by Eli Broad, founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and a prominent arts philanthropist. Broad does not mince words in his assessment of Americans as being "fat, dumb and happy" and notes: “In other countries, they take the top 10, 20 or 30 percent of the students and make them teachers...We get the bottom 30 percent out of education schools.”

Posted on April 30, 2010 by GIA News

(4-30-10) Anthony Paletta's op-ed in today's The Wall Street Journal:

It's no surprise that President Obama, with a lengthy background in the non-profit sector, has made strong efforts to reach out to the philanthropic community. What may come as a surprise is just how exhilarated the philanthropic community is by the attention.

Posted on April 30, 2010 by GIA News

(4-30-10) The National Endowment for the Arts today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants of $25,000 each to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2010-May 31, 2011. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare.

Posted on April 30, 2010 by GIA News

(4-29-10) In the LA Times...L.A. arts advocates are girding for two more battles at City Hall.

One is fighting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan to take away $415,000 in arts grants from groups that qualified under the standard competitive application process, in favor of four that he chose.

Posted on April 28, 2010 by GIA News

(4-28-10) "As many as 400,000 nonprofits are weeks away from a doomsday," warns Stephanie Strom in The New York Times. At midnight on May 15, a law enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 will require the I.R.S. to strip an estimated one-fourth of U.S. charities of their nonprofit status. Prior to 2006, only organizations with revenues of $25,000 or more had to file tax forms for the previous year.

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Janet

Grantmakers in the Arts sponsored a session entitled “Hip Hop Arts in Education” at the Council on Foundations conference in Denver, April 25. This was a repeat of a session presented at our own conference in Brooklyn that packed the session room and was the talk of the conference. (Thank you Claudine Brown and the Social Justice committee.) Two of the spoken word artists, Carvens and Ceez were catapulted from the session to the plenary stage at the spur of the moment.

Posted on April 27, 2010 by GIA News

(4-27-10) On Tuesday, The Joyce Foundation announced it is awarding nearly $10 million to 49 Great Lakes area organizations. Investments will be made in six different program areas, including Education, Environment and Culture. Culture funds will be directed to the National Museum of Mexican Art in the form of a $150,000 grant to support exhibits and other activities around The Year of Mexico in Chicago.

Posted on April 26, 2010 by GIA News

(4-26-10) Mike Boehm, writing for the Los Angeles Times, reports on the proposed reduction and reallocation of L.A. county's arts resources, including staff cuts and the outsourcing of city-run arts organizations to nonprofit operators. Also in the mix: "[Mayor] Villaraigosa has proposed taking $415,000 from arts grants to fund four earmarks of his own that have not been subjected to the usual competitive application process...." Read more here.

Posted on April 23, 2010 by GIA News

(4-23-10) NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman delivered a prepared statement while appearing, on April 13, 2010, before the Appropriation Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, U.S. House of Representatives. Here's a transcript of his statement...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Subcommittee:

Posted on April 23, 2010 by GIA News

(4-23-10) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced the NEA’s latest round of funding for fiscal year 2010 in the categories of Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts, Arts on Radio and Television, and Partnership Agreements (State and Regional). The Arts Endowment will distribute $97,632,100 through 1,323 grants to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide.

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Posted on April 22, 2010 by GIA News

(4-22-10) Writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Phil Buchanan and Ellie Buteau discuss the pros and cons of adjusting operations to respond to data-driven expert advice and assessment results.

Posted on April 21, 2010 by GIA News

(4-21-10) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced today that it has received a grant of $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will support the USArtists International (USAI) program and represents a significant increase over Mellon's previous grant of $500,000.

Posted on April 21, 2010 by GIA News

(4-21-10) The Senate Appropriations Committee restored the $890,735 that the governor had recommended for GCA, but the House had cut out. The Senate version of the budget keeps the agency going, but with about $1.6 million less in state backing than it has in fiscal year 2010.

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