Funding Research

June 30, 2002 by admin
Last year when RAND released The Performing Arts in a New Era, (Performing Arts) the prediction that times were going to be particularly difficult for mid-sized performing arts organizations was widely quoted. It was prominent in press coverage of the report and quickly embraced as a fact by grantseekers and foundation colleagues. I was curious to return to Performing Arts and the conditions it cites for organizations in the middle, to see how they apply to readings of recent field reports for different performing arts disciplines. Read More...
June 30, 2002 by admin
It has been almost two years since I first put fingers to keyboard to write about the rising tide of nonprofit reform. Hardly a day went by without hearing some new idea for improvement, whether embedded in new management standards, bounties for mergers and strategic alliances, or calls for greater "transparency." The problem facing individual nonprofits was not too little reform, but too much. Read More...
June 30, 2002 by admin
"A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence."— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1882) We just returned from yet another community gathering where arts leaders sought the support of their business and civic counterparts by documenting the "economic impact" of arts spending and employment in their region. Read More...
June 11, 2002 by Steve
The magnitude and distribution of foundation arts and culture grants in 2002 are the most significant findings of this report. Key findings of the report, based on arts grants of $10,000 or more reported to the Foundation Center by 1,005 of the larger U.S. foundations, are highlighted here. This report also includes a special secion "Awards and Grants for Artists" by Maria Rosario Jackson and Daniel Swenson of the Urban Institute, and a summary of government funding for the arts from 1992 to 2004 by Kelly Barsdate of NASAA. Download: Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
On November 12, 2000, a headline on the front page of the Atlanta Journal/Constitution read, "Study finds Atlanta arts community trailing peers." A full-page story in Section A followed. This one headline challenged the city's cherished self-assessment as "cultural jewel of the South" and quietly affirmed the suspicions of many of its artists and cultural workers. This is the story about the headline, the study, and the volunteer efforts of an incorporated ad hoc group that calls itself the Atlanta Arts Think Tank and that commissioned the landmark study. Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
Meetings are big business. Or, in other words, talk is not cheap. An economic impact study by Deloitte & Touche LLP demonstrated that conventions, expositions, and meetings generated $82 billion in total direct spending in 1994, supporting 1.57 million jobs.1 Meetings of associations and membership organizations, as opposed to corporate-sponsored events, account for the lion's share of this spending (68 percent). Many of these associations serve the arts and culture. Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
This article takes a close look at certain internal dynamics that generally accompany "capacity-building" activities. I draw on my experience, over two decades, designing, managing, and evaluating programs aimed at increasing the organizational health of nonprofit arts organizations. Both my work in the arts and a prior career as a family counselor inform my understanding of the ways that the thought processes of nonprofit managers change when capacity-building programs are successful and have an enduring impact. "Capacity grantmaking" Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
A New Framework for Building Participation in the Arts Kevin F. McCarthy and Kimberly Jinnett, RAND, 2001, 112 pages, 310-451-7002, order@rand.org. Another research report lands on your desk. Do you make time to read it, or does it add to a growing pile of things-to-read-someday? Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
2002, 32 pages. U.S. President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 526, Washington, D.C., 202-682-5409, 202-682-5668 fax. Read More...
April 30, 2002 by admin
2001, 345 pages. The MIT Press. Read More...