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