GIA PODCAST: Philanthropy Northwest’s Momentum Fellowship
Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about their Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector. The GIA Podcast is a new and ongoing program featuring brief interviews with leaders in the field of arts philanthropy.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

Grantmakers for Education will host a webinar on Tuesday, February 26 titled Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: Non-cognitive Factors and OST. The webinar is free for GFE members and $40 for non-members. New York Times writer Paul Tough’s latest book has sparked a conversation in education reform circles about the role of “grit, curiosity, and character” in helping at-risk children succeed. But what does the research say? A recent report funded by Raikes Foundation and Lumina Foundation and produced by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, examines the evidence about the role of noncognitive factors in shaping academic performance and persistence.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

Education Week magazine will host a webinar on Tuesday, February 19 titled Art and the Common Core. Presenters are Susan M. Riley, expert in arts integration, curriculum innovation and resource development specialist, Anne Arundel County public schools; and Lynne Munson, president and executive director, Common Core.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

The GRAMMY® Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students' musical experiences. The nomination process is open now and the deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Tommer

There has been some interesting and thoughtful conversation around the topics of diversity, change, and funders' roles and expectations, of late.

Posted on February 9, 2013 by Steve

With extraordinarily widespread destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, grantmakers across the country will be looking to help with the cleanup and rebuilding.

Grantmakers in the Arts is aggregating resources and information for funders and others interested in supporting hurricane recovery efforts. Our goal is to serve as a conduit for information for our members and constituents.

GIA Members and Others Providing Emergency Funding

Posted on February 9, 2013 by Tommer

“With the hundreds of artists foundations already existing in the U.S. and many more to be formed by the wealthiest generation of artists ever, their legacies will become among the most important not-for-profit institutions to directly support the arts.”

Posted on February 8, 2013 by Steve

From Andre Bouchard at Technology in the Arts:

The Pew Research Center recently did a survey and report about how various arts organizations use technology including the internet, social media, and mobile technology. The report confirms that the arts are adapting to the overwhelming saturation of technology, particularly the internet and social media, and are venturing into deeper levels of engagement such as blogs, podcasts, and educational content.
Posted on February 4, 2013 by Abigail

Throughout February our photo banner will feature organizations and individuals supported by the Rozsa Foundation, a family foundation located in Calgary. The foundation's broad strategic categories include building administrative capacity in arts organizations, supporting the arts and arts education, and positively influencing public opinion of and support for the arts.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Abigail

Are you a new member of Grantmakers in the Arts, or curious if a GIA membership is right for your organization? Registration is still open for the free Web Conference Introduction to GIA Membership, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 PST, 2:00 EST. Please join GIA staff for a brief overview of GIA programs and the benefits of membership for arts funding organizations of all shapes and sizes. Q&A will follow.

Posted on February 3, 2013 by Steve

Talia Gibas reexamines the NCRP report “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change” for the Createquity blog. Discussion naturally ensues.

“Fusing” contains a number of such arguments – about the role of philanthropy and of art in society – that are more values-driven than data-driven. In many cases those values align with my own. I believe, for example, that the arts provide concrete social benefit beyond simple aesthetic pleasure. I believe that all members of our society do not have equal access to that benefit, and that is a problem the private funding community can and should address. “Fusing” does a very good job of affirming those beliefs for me, both by calling attention to organizations doing some very compelling work with arts and social change, and by raising important questions about the extent to which entrenched inequities in early arts philanthropy continue to the present day.
Posted on February 2, 2013 by Steve

A new guide aims to provide information, tips, best practices, and tools for arts education in the state of Washington. smARTS for Students was developed through a partnership of ArtsEd Washington, a nonprofit organization dedicated to systemic change in arts education, and the Washinton State PTA.

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Tommer

Funders, technologists, media makers and social innovators came together for a daylong meeting to explore the next stage of media and technology funding. A nicely produced report in text and video can be found here.

Posted on January 31, 2013 by Steve

From The NonProfit Times:

The current top-down approach to strategic philanthropy limits its overall effectiveness, leading to a widening disparity between the amount of money invested in communities and what is actually being accomplished. That was the conclusion of a new study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), which pushed for a greater emphasis on social justice philanthropy.

The report, “Real Results: Why Strategic Philanthropy is Social Justice Philanthropy,” was written by Niki Jagpal, NCRP’s research and policy director, and Kevin Laskowski, the organization’s senior research and policy associate. The two authors argued that today’s strategic philanthropy practiced by nonprofits favors short-term metrics and is largely disconnected from the communities these organizations serve.

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Steve

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) announced in late December the opening of the Cultural Recovery Center (CRC) in Brooklyn, New York. The CRC is offering space and to help owners of artworks damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy. The CRC will offer volunteer assistance and work space to museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, galleries, collectors, and artists. The goal is not to provide free conservation treatment, but to provide guidance and assistance in the cleaning and stabilization of art and cultural materials.

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Tommer

The Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, in partnership with the New York-based consulting group 21/64, has just released a major report, #NEXTGENDONORS: Respecting Legacy, Revolutionizing Philanthropy, that provides an in-depth study of next generation donors, those who are inheriting an unprecedented $40 trillion and are poised to be the most significant philanthropists in history.

Posted on January 27, 2013 by Steve

From Christopher Knight at the Los Angeles Times:

The arts in Oklahoma generate about $29 million in annual tax revenue for state coffers, according to a 2010 study by Americans for the Arts. So what does 23-year-old State Representative Josh Cockroft (R-Tecumseh) want to do? Eliminate the $4-million annual state subsidy to the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Posted on January 24, 2013 by Steve

From Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic:

Nonprofits across the US are stuck in a cycle that hinders their ability to raise money, a new report says. Commissioned by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and conducted by CompassPoint, the study examines fundraising issues at nonprofits nationwide, and the results aren’t pretty. The authors of the report, which is titled “UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising,” conducted their research by interviewing 2,700 nonprofit executive directors and development directors.
Posted on January 24, 2013 by Abigail

Writing for her blog, Museum 2.0, Nina Simon reflects on a conversation with Ted Russell, senior program officer at The James Irvine Foundation, about the foundation's new Exploring Engagement Funds and the challenges inherent in what she defines as a field-rattling initiative.

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Tommer

“As arts education is slashed left and right in the schools as something not necessary to creating a competent work force, it is interesting to hear that exposure to the arts might make for more innovative business leaders, and that some leading business professionals value exposure to the arts as one of the tenants for establishing multi-dimensional, and thus, more competitive employees.”

Posted on January 24, 2013 by Steve

From Anny Shaw for The Art Newspaper:

Artists, curators, critics and academics have united against president Mohamed Morsi and his controversial charter, which they say threatens freedom of expression and creativity. Resistance is increasing in other ways too—through mass protests, works of art in the street, open letters and artists’ statements. More demonstrations calling for a consensual constitution are expected on 25 January, the second anniversary of the revolution that swept through Egypt.
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