WEBINAR: Briefing on the President's 2018 Proposed Federal Budget
Alex Nock

The proposed federal budget for 2018 defunds the NEA, the NEH, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Significant cuts are also being proposed to education and other important programs. GIA’s federal policy consultants, Penn Hill Group, will provide a briefing on these matters and take your questions during a webinar on June 7. Please join us for this special briefing. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on March 9, 2010 by Janet

(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.

Posted on March 6, 2010 by GIA News

(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..."

Posted on March 4, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

Posted on March 4, 2010 by GIA News

(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...."

Posted on March 4, 2010 by GIA News

(3-4-10) "With the economy in turmoil, funders are increasingly pressuring nonprofits to merge. Yet mergers are not always the right path for nonprofits in financial distress. For a healthier nonprofit sector, funders should consider a wider variety of partnership options..."

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Posted on March 4, 2010 by GIA News

(3-4-10) Listening to Music doesn't do much long-term, but playing it apparently does a lot.

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Posted on March 3, 2010 by GIA News

(3-3-10) Seven of Washington’s charitable foundations want to strengthen the nonprofit sector by asking other grant makers to fund gaps in how individual nonprofit groups—and the sector as whole—operate.

Posted on March 2, 2010 by GIA News

Here's the text of David Byrne's TED talk on how venues influence music, earlier we posted an interview eith Byrne on this piece, and now the full text is available.

Posted on March 2, 2010 by GIA News

(3-2-10) The Indiana Commission on Higher Education has approved a new
Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree program at Indiana University. Courses will be available to undergraduates beginning with the fall 2010 semester.

Posted on March 1, 2010 by GIA News

(3-1-10) Artist Organized Art, Inc. (AOA) and New Observations Ltd. (NOBS) will combine their activities. Massachusetts-based AOA was formed in 2007 with a mission to support artist organized media, events and cultural education by providing strategic and logistical support to artists working in diverse communities. NOBS is publisher of New Observations magazine, which was launched in New York City in 1984.

Posted on February 26, 2010 by GIA News

(2-26-10) "Giving away free umbrellas in the middle of a rainstorm is not that easy," reports Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle. A small group of innovative funders organized by the new SF branch of the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy provides lessons on the mainstream culture of giving and related public expectations.

Posted on February 26, 2010 by GIA News

(2-26-10) British Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants a U.S.-style culture of philanthropists to fund the arts. How is this working in recessionary America? And how are other places coping? An assertive summary of the effects of the recession on international arts funding from last Friday's Guardian.

Posted on February 25, 2010 by GIA News

(2-25-10) The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on Tuesday that Ralph Remington will join the NEA as the director of theater and musical theater as of March 15, 2010.

Posted on February 24, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

Posted on February 23, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

Posted on February 23, 2010 by GIA News

(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?

Posted on February 19, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

Posted on February 17, 2010 by GIA News

(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.”

Posted on February 12, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

Posted on February 11, 2010 by GIA News

(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.

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