APRIL SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

During the month of April, our photo banner features grantees of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that just completed the second year of its pilot residency grant program. Read about the Foundation’s work in support of artists who are maintaining their creative endeavors while also raising children here.

Posted on September 3, 2011 by Steve

From Maria Di Mento at The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The number of nonprofit jobs grew by just under 1 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a study of figures in 45 states by the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, in Baltimore. Year-to-year nonprofit job totals increased by 1.2 percent in 2009 and 2.6 percent in 2008.

However, nonprofits fared better in 2010 than for-profit companies, which saw a 0.9 percent decrease in jobs last year.

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

Mary Trudel continues to explore the subject of social media in the arts with a blog post on AFTA's National Arts Marketing Project website:

Though there are of course best practices where digital and social media are concerned, we’re careful not to dispense too much advice until we know an organization well, since there are no one-size-fits-all answers. What we do typically say, though, is that it’s not about the tools. Yes, digital and social media have unique attributes and should change the way you interact (emphasis on interact) with your audiences. But, like any communications channel, they are most effective when integrated into a holistic strategy and policy.
Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of Craft Emergency Relief Fund, sends this message today:

As you know, the east coast from North Carolina through New England is just taking count of the devastation resulting from Hurricane Irene. The flooding and resulting destruction in Vermont, where CERF+ is located, has been particularly intense and has fragmented roads that once connected Vermont, isolating entire communities.
Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

The Line, a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based website focused on the "new economy," features Oakland artist and community activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 GIA Conference in San Francisco next month.

In mid-August, the multifaceted California artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph was in residency at the Walker Art Center, asking the question: “What sustains life in your community?” He asked this question of such local artists as Leah Cooper, Desdamona, Allison Herrera, Wing Young Huie, Marlina Gonzalez, Robert Farid Karimi, Rick Lowe, Leah Nelson, and Tish Jones to learn more about the intersections of artistic engagement, sustainability, and community in the Twin Cities.
Posted on September 1, 2011 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has named Antony Bugg-Levine as its new CEO. He replaces NFF founder Clara Miller who left the organization earlier this year to lead the F.B. Heron Foundation. Bugg-Levine will chart the organization’s course as a leader in social-sector lending and advocate for high-impact philanthropy.

Posted on September 1, 2011 by Steve

From Alison Damast at Bloomberg Businessweek:

When Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen first started teaching a philanthropy course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000, she quickly discovered she was a pioneer in the field. There were just a handful of case studies on the topic and few, if any, teaching materials, she says. As a result, it took her about a year-and-a-half to design the curriculum for it.

Ten years later, the landscape has drastically changed. Arrillaga-Andreessen has since published 25 case studies about philanthropy. This fall she will publish a book entitled Giving 2.0, which she hopes will serve as a resource for students engaged by the topic. Interest in her class has surged at Stanford and she now offers an undergraduate course, too. Says Arrillaga-Andreessen: “Almost every year, I’m oversold.”

Posted on September 1, 2011 by Steve

From Aaron Fiedler at knightarts.org:

On Monday, the Arts & Science Council launched power2give.org – a project that was more than a year in the making for ASC. The website is an innovative new way to support arts, science, history and heritage projects in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Organizations list needs for a specific project – for example, dancewear for underserved children or set design for an upcoming production. People visiting the site are then able to pick a need that interests them and make a donation.
Posted on August 31, 2011 by Steve

From Scott Rothschild at the Lawrence Journal-World:

With the state surplus growing, and because Gov. Sam Brownback wrongly predicted Kansas would continue to receive federal arts funding, supporters of the arts on Tuesday called on Brownback to restore state assistance to the Kansas Arts Commission.

But Brownback's office said that wasn't going to happen.

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Janet

This is a blog about two very different topics: Hurricane Irene and Barry’s Blog. Hurricane Irene kept my attention this past weekend. In fact, at one point I put 9-volt batteries and candles on my shopping list. And I live in Seattle.

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Steve

Mashable looks at a few creative examples of Non-profit organizations tapping into the power of Internet memes to get their message out. If it goes viral, then you're in business!

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Steve

In late 2010 the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg began development of power2give.org, a new website designed to address changing trends in philanthropic giving. Today marks the public launch of www.power2give.org. The project is designed to empower individuals to give directly to local arts, science and history projects they are passionate about.

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Steve

As an installment in the Social Innovation Interview Series, the website Social Velocity interviews Rebecca Thomas, Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at the Nonprofit Finance Fund:

Through the Leading for the Future Initiative, NFF is investing $1 million of change capital in each of ten performing arts organizations that are adapting their programs, operations and finances in ways that contribute to long-term health and vibrancy.
Posted on August 29, 2011 by Tommer

Guess who is #1?

Posted on August 26, 2011 by Steve

From Russ Buettner at The New York Times:

A New York State task force on Thursday began sending letters to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that receive state money demanding details about how much they pay their executives and board members.

The information will be compiled electronically and could shine a light on executives who take home an outsize share of their organization’s revenue.

Posted on August 25, 2011 by Steve

MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the fourth round of recipients for the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which supports the creative thinking and action of TCG member theatres with the goal of impacting the larger theatre community. Five theatres were awarded grants, totaling $225,000, to either research and develop new ideas or experiment and implement innovative concepts.

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Steve

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) announced today the appointment of Mario Garcia Durham as President and CEO. He is the fifth executive director since the organization’s founding in 1957, and follows Sandra Gibson, who stepped down June 30, 2011. Gibson has continued to serve as APAP Special Executive, and will remain in that position through September 30, 2011.

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Steve

A number of U.S. communities have been building citywide systems to make high-quality after-school programs more available to children. Many such efforts have shaped their work around the collection and analysis of current, credible data. This guide looks at the kinds of data cities are gathering, how they collect it and how they put it to use.

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Steve

A pair of reports have come out from Stanford Social Innovation Review dealing with Advocacy. Both are well worth a read.

The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy, by Steven Teles and Mark Schmitt, looks at the problems of evaluating advocacy given the chaotic nature of the political process in America. The explore various methods to examining advocacy (and advocates).

Posted on August 22, 2011 by Steve

From David Freedlander at The New York Observer:

Forget bronze. The new public art can be sound installations, graffiti-inspired commissions for roll-down gates, and cartoonish painting over public buildings, as in 2009, when a mini-uproar was created over the Public Art Fund’s commissioning of the artist Richard Woods to paint the guardhouses in front of City Hall in Lego-land-looking redbrick design.
Posted on August 22, 2011 by Steve

Also, "How to Make a Meme":

For decades now, people have joined together online to communicate and collaborate around interesting imagery. In recent years, the pace and intensity of this activity has reached a fever pitch. With countless communities engaging in a constant exchange, building on each others' work, and producing a prodigious flow of material, we may be experiencing the early stages of a new type of artistic and cultural collaboration.
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