WEBINAR: Vitality Arts: Impact at the Intersection of Arts and Aging
Teresa Bonner

Join Teresa Bonner and Ellen Michelson of Aroha Philanthropies, who will share the strategies that Aroha is using to engage arts organizations, senior-serving organizations, and state and local agencies in creating arts programs for older adults. Aroha’s national demonstration project, Seeding Vitality Arts, generated proposals from more than 200 nonprofits from 42 states, reflecting the breadth of interest in the topic. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on April 6, 2010 by GIA News

(4-6-10)
Reported n the Cherokee Phoenix
Statement from President Obama

Posted on April 6, 2010 by GIA News

(4-6-10) In the Wall Street Journal...A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission exceeded its authority when it sanctioned Comcast Corp. in 2008 for deliberately slowing Internet traffic for some users. The unanimous decision is a blow to the FCC, which argued it had authority to police Internet providers and prevent them from blocking or slowing subscribers' Internet traffic.

Posted on April 6, 2010 by GIA News

(4-6-10) In an Opinion piece for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Ford Foundation President Luis A.

Posted on April 5, 2010 by GIA News

(4-5-10) "We have never seen a confluence of specific urgencies, dynamic openings, and innovation like this moment represents. In each of our interest areas, conditions that favor progress have convinced us to spend everything over a short term.

Posted on April 5, 2010 by GIA News

(4-5-10) "'Trust us' is no Response to Those Who Doubt" is Jane Wales' (The Aspen Institute) Huffington Post summary of the recent spate of writing on philanthropy and the contemporary political environment. Wales addresses warnings from the field that suggest a potential backlash against the sector fueled by public anti-government/institution sentiments.

Posted on April 5, 2010 by GIA News

(4-5-10)  Ian Moss at Createquity, referred GIA to this comparison of cultural policy in Sweden, Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.

Posted on April 5, 2010 by GIA News

(4-5-10) As part of an effort to increase the impact of its giving, the Ford Foundation is to announce a plan on Monday to dedicate $100 million to the development of arts spaces nationwide over the next decade. The plan is by far the largest commitment the foundation has ever made to the construction, maintenance and enhancement of arts facilities.

Posted on April 1, 2010 by GIA News

(4-1-10) Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media is offering a briefing conference call on the recent South by Southwest Interactive Festival. The conference has been described as both amazing and overwhelming, and it can be challenging to absorb everything and turn rapidly changing technological and social landscapes into concrete opportunities for social change. For those who attended, the upcoming call provides a great chance to reflect and share ideas and ways of moving media grantmaking forward.

Posted on April 1, 2010 by GIA News

(4-1-10) The Foundation for Art & Healing today releases the proceedings from its Arts and the Heart Roundtable, a gathering of luminaries from the medical, arts and public health sectors regarding the connection between creative engagement and cardiac health. Held during the summer of 2009 in New York, the goal of the meeting was to draw on research and clinical expertise as well as the direct experiences of cardiac patients who have found creative endeavors to aid in their own personal healing processes.

Posted on April 1, 2010 by GIA News

(4-1-10) By an overwhelming margin, technology experts and stakeholders participating in a survey fielded by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center believe that innovative forms of online cooperation could result in more efficient and responsive for-profit firms, non-profit organizations, and government agencies by the year 2020.

Posted on March 31, 2010 by Janet

(3-31-2010) Last week I attended Katrina@5, a conference for funders sponsored by the Association of Small Foundations. Grantmakers in the Arts was one of the several association partners that helped plan and promote the conference. The goal was to share the successes and mistakes of the philanthropic response to the catastrophe that was hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the breaking of the levies.

Posted on March 30, 2010 by GIA News

(3-30-10) Poking around on the White House website, I actually found a brief statement about the administration's position on the arts. Interesting that arts is listed among "Additional Issues" - apparently the B-list issues, including "Faith, Arts, Child Advocacy, Katrina, Science, Sportsmen (by which they mean those who hunt and fish, apparently all male) and Transportation.

Posted on March 29, 2010 by GIA News

Effective today, our new address is:

4055 21st Avenue West
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98199-1247

Phone, fax, and email all remain the same.

Posted on March 29, 2010 by GIA News

(3-29-10) The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation announced today that Christopher J. Daggett will assume the position of President and CEO of the Foundation on June 14, 2010. He will succeed David Grant, who has led the Dodge Foundation since 1998. Since 2004, Mr. Daggett has been a Principal with JM Sorge, Inc. (JMS), a full service environmental consulting and management firm providing assessment, investigation and remediation services to the public and private sectors. Mr.

Posted on March 26, 2010 by GIA News

(3-26-10) On March 21, The Chronicle of Philanthropy released the results of their survey of 80 large private foundations. While this select group is only a small percentage of the nation's grantmakers, The Chronicle estimates that it represents 20% of the foundation world's wealth and can therefore be considered an indicator of major trends in giving.

The survey results, in short:

  • In the last year, foundation assets rose a median 7.4 percent.
Posted on March 26, 2010 by GIA News

Here's a concise description of cloud computing - get ready for it, it is in your future - by Lucy Bernholz at Philanthropy 2173, along with some insights on its use by nonprofits and funders.

Posted on March 24, 2010 by GIA News

(3-24-10) The Arizona arts budget has been reduced by approximately 60% since the start of the state's fiscal crisis, according to Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The Arizona state budget enacted last week included an additional 25% reduction to the Arts Commission's already reduced resources, as well as a complete sweep of the remaining $10 million in the 14-year old Arizona ArtShare Endowment.

Posted on March 24, 2010 by GIA News

(3-24-10) L.A. Times:

The slashing of Los Angeles' municipal arts offerings is underway, with seven layoffs to take effect April 1 and eight more expected when the fiscal year ends June 30, as City Hall tries to cope with a budget crisis.

...And the City Council may get an earful at its meeting Wednesday from supporters of four neighborhood arts centers

Read more.

Posted on March 24, 2010 by GIA News

(3-24-10) L.A. Times:

"National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman was in L.A. this month as part of a six-month Art Works tour in which he is trying to see how art works in communities across the country.

Posted on March 23, 2010 by GIA News

(3-23-10) Brought to you by Theater Communications Group, World Theater Day Message from Lynn Nottage.

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