GIA Blog

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria upon Puerto Rico in September 2017, the life of the island was forever altered. The cycle of crisis and recovery still persist for many, and philanthropy is a growing part of this ongoing conversation, rethinking Puerto Rico's daily dynamics.

Collective action toward realizing social justice is a constant venture, one that artists, cultural producers, and arts funders alike may find ways to connect and leverage fundamental resources. Nonprofit Quarterly interviewed two local foundation executives about philanthropic investments on the island, post-Hurricane and their particular methods to strengthen the nonprofit sector.

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Elizabeth Alexander, renowned poet, distinguished speaker at President Obama's 2009 inauguration, and 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has been elected as the next president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation is the nation’s most generous and active supporter of the humanities. Beginning in March, Alexander will become the foundation's first African-American female president, as The New York Times reported.

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

When a place attracts artists and craftspeople, when a community thrives because of its arts, one must pay attention. In Berea, called the state-designated “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky,” this has happened in part because of intentional public funding.

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Surdna Foundation announced the hiring of F. Javier Torres as program director of the Thriving Cultures program, where he will lead a $9 million grantmaking portfolio, sharpen existing strategies, develop initiatives, and deepen institutional knowledge to ensure maximum impact of the foundation’s dollars.

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

At a time where there is a critical need for unity and the energy of collaboration, affinity groups and funders from across the US will convene on February 12th and 13th for the 2018 Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity, Defense and Action Funder Briefing, at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, California.

"The ultimate goal of the briefing will be to come together and shape strategies that defend and move forward efforts to protect people, place and planet," mentions the agenda.

Posted on February 1, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Larry Kramer, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, penned a letter in which he reflects on philanthropy after, what he calls, “a year as tumultuous and unsettling as 2017.” Kramer points out the spirit of a funder’s work, the responsibility to steward tactfully a foundation’s resources, and the adaptations and responses required to navigate changes in the political landscape in the US and abroad.

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) announced its State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, a comprehensive survey of US nonprofits' programmatic, management, and financial health.

The survey’s findings are cited by nonprofit leaders and boards, funders, advocates, government officials, media outlets, researchers, and policy advisors, among others, "and raises a powerful, collective voice to tell the country about our sector’s health and our ability to help the communities we all serve," says NFF.

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Janet Brown, recently retired president & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, discusses her work leading GIA for nearly a decade and the need for more racial equity in arts philanthropy in an interview with Barry Hessenius, author of the nonprofit arts Barry’s Blog.

“Our racial equity work is an on-going educational initiative. The systemic issues of inequities in arts funding will not be changed in a few years, just like racism won’t be solved in American society in the near future. But there is hope because the dialogue is different. GIA has taken a large step in using direct language and serving as a role model for our members regarding the systemic practices facing arts funding,” says Brown, reflecting on how GIA has made racial equity a core principle.

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Ella Baff will step down in March from her position as Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage to focus on new opportunities involving innovative arts and culture programs.

Baff joined the Mellon Foundation in 2015 to lead the newly formed Arts and Cultural Heritage program, which grants approximately $65 million annually to arts and cultural organizations in the US and abroad.

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Kresge Foundation has announced the appointment of Tatiana Hernandez as senior program officer with the foundation’s Arts and Culture Program. Hernandez joins a Kresge team dedicated to helping community organizations bring creative placemaking into underserved low-income neighborhoods in cities across the US.

Hernandez also serves on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts, among other boards.