GIA has uploaded content and video from our Racial Equity Forum that took place on June 2, 2015 in Atlanta. Sixty participants attended this day-long forum entitled “Supporting ALAANA Organizations” which explored why funders should increase funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) organizations.
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Steve

Geoffrey Gund, president of the board of trustees, made the following statement on behalf of The George Gund Foundation on the passing of George Gund III.

The deep sadness that my family feels at the passing of my brother George is shared by the entire extended family of The George Gund Foundation and, I am sure, by those who knew George through the Foundation’s work. He served faithfully and with honor as a trustee of the Foundation for 44 years, carrying out the wishes of our father, his namesake, to contribute to human well-being and the progress of society.
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Steve

From Rocco Landesman for ArtWorks:

I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any to reflect on my time at the NEA. I felt from the outset that if you were ever going to do public service, if you didn’t do it now in this administration, when you would ever do it? It was by chance, completely out of left field that the opportunity came up. Margo Lion—who was the chairman of the President’s Advisement Committee during the campaign—after the 2008 election came in and said, “Can you think of someone who’d be a really good NEA chair?” I put my hand up and said, “I’ll do it!” It struck me that this would be a real chance to do something different than I had ever done in my life. It would be an opportunity to meet new people and people who are very dedicated to making the country a better place. And that’s exactly what happened.
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Steve

Americans for the Arts has named Clayton Lord as its new Vice President of Local Arts Advancement. Lord will be responsible for developing and executing all Americans for the Arts programs and services that strengthen and validate local arts agencies and the many other individuals and organizations that advance arts, culture and artists at the local level. Previously, Lord served as Director of Communications and Audience Development for Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco, one of the largest regional arts service organizations in the United States.

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its fifth annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector. The survey collects data on important financial and management issues facing the nonprofit sector and takes around 10 minutes to fill out. NFF will analyze the data it receives and share the results in late March.

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Abigail

At TEDxHampshireCollege, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of children's books and arts education advocate, delivers an inspiring talk on the family members, educators, and mentors that encouraged his childhood infatuation with drawing and storytelling. With humor and gravity, he links this encouragement to his success, as well as his ongoing efforts to encourage children to put creativity to paper.

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Steve

From Steven E. Mayer for Just Philanthropy:

The practice of advocacy has recently gained legitimacy and momentum as a strategy for promoting social change. Wikipedia recognizes advocacy as “a political process by an individual or group which aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions.” I would add that influencing private policy, such as used to govern private institutions and even community and family institutions, counts as well.
Posted on January 14, 2013 by Steve

An overwhelming majority of Canadians believe arts and culture is worthy of government support, according to the results of a poll commissioned by Canadian Heritage.

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Steve

On January 10, Creative Capital announced its 2013 project grants in the categories of Emerging Fields, Literature and the Performing Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects by 66 artists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico. The 2013 grantees — representing a total of 46 funded projects by 66 artists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico — were selected through an open-call, three-phase application process from a pool of more than 2,700 applicants.

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Steve

From Caroline Preston for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

While the nation’s largest banks have used their charity to deflect criticism in the wake of the financial crisis, their actual philanthropic track record is “lackluster,” according to a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Posted on January 9, 2013 by Steve

From Michael H. Hodges for the Detroit News:

David DiChiera, founder and general director of the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, has been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist, Troy-based Kresge Foundation announced today. The award, which comes with $50,000, cites DiChiera's achievement in bringing opera back to the city, making it accessible to new audiences and creating the Detroit Opera House from an abandoned building just off Grand Circus Park.
Posted on January 9, 2013 by Steve

From Lyn Gardner for The Guardian UK:

Yes, it's going to be challenging. But with a properly orchestrated campaign of lobbying it's not too late to get the government and hard-pressed local authorities to understand the value of the arts. Wheeling out industry bigwigs days or weeks before the axe is about to fall is far too late; we need to mobilise audiences to speak for and with the arts on a regular basis.
Posted on January 8, 2013 by Steve

From David Montgomery for the Washington Post:

The Kennedy Center has formed a committee of artists and community leaders to review the heretofore opaque process by which winners of the annual Kennedy Center Honors are selected... The 11-member artist advisory panel will have its second meeting this month, Kennedy Center spokesman John Dow said.
Posted on January 8, 2013 by Steve

From Mike Boehm for the Los Angeles Times:

A feature allowing California taxpayers to use their income tax returns to make donations toward arts programs will disappear in 2013. Forms for the 2010 and 2011 tax years had a checkoff box for the California Arts Council as one of 18 options for targeted giving to various state-funded causes. But it won't be an option any longer.
Posted on January 8, 2013 by Steve

GuideStar's Philanthropedia convened a group of San Francisco Bay Area Arts & Culture experts to produce a list of outstanding nonprofit organizations. The curators are listed along with the methodology of their research.

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Steve

From Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, for PhilanTopic:

The vast majority of today's social sector leaders grew up in a world where foundations were the funders and nonprofits were the doers. Blueprint 2013 lays out a vision of a social economy inhabited not only by traditional nonprofits, but also by social businesses, socially responsible corporations, peer networks, and institutional forms not yet invented. Donors in this economy have choices between well-known forms of charitable giving (like creating a foundation), impact investing, and political giving to bring out the change they desire.
Posted on January 7, 2013 by Abigail

Throughout January, our website photo banner will feature artists supported by GIA member Artist Trust. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Artist Trust has invested over $9 million in artists since its founding. It supports Washington State artists of all disciplines in launching and sustaining successful careers, through financial grants, career training, and professional resources.

Posted on January 3, 2013 by Steve

From Anne Stanton, Chair, Grantmakers for Education:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you of a leadership transition at Grantmakers for Education. Chris Tebben has announced her departure from GFE, effective mid-March 2013, in order to seek opportunities that will offer her a greater balance between personal and professional obligations.

Posted on December 27, 2012 by Tommer

Once again, Lucy Bernholz brings us the list of philanthropy buzzwords for the year. Thanks, Lucy!

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Abigail

In The New York Times, a story about Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT, one of eight schools participating in the federal government's Turnaround Arts initiative, which was designed to "test the hypothesis that high-quality and integrated arts education can be an effective tool to strengthen school reform efforts-boosting academic achievement and increasing student motivation in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges in the country."

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Tommer

"There is a gift within the gift—the greatest of gifts is when it transcends the evidence upon which it is based. Its mystery is in the relationships between donor, recipient, and the community of interest that is served. It is a dynamic that operates on multiple levels." – Peter Karoff in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


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