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2019 GIA Conference Schedule Online
The full list of sessions for the 2019 GIA Conference: Cultural Intersections is now available online. This year’s conference features over 40 sessions ranging across a diverse array of topics within GIA’s focus areas and others including racial equity and racial justice, systems change, collaborative grantmaking, arts education, impact investing, and community building.

As a reminder, the guest rooms at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel are selling out quickly. GIA secured an additional block of rooms at the Westin Denver Downtown. This special room rate for conference attendees is available through Wednesday, September 18. To make a reservation, please call 303-572-9100 and mention the Grantmakers in the Arts room rate.

Register now for the 2019 GIA Conference.
Blog Alert: How our organizational priorities shape GIA’s investing
Champ Knecht, director of Operations & Finance at Grantmakers in the Arts, shares with readers how at GIA we strive to put our values -like environmental responsibility and financial empowerment for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) communities- into practice in our investing decisions and some of the lessons we have learned along the way. Read the blog post here.
“Beyond the Grant: Supporting communities through alternative economies” webinar
According to foundational research from Helicon Collaborative, “cultural funding continues to become less equitable.” However, while funders continue to make shifts in their grantmaking practices to counter this, GIA has been exploring new means of transformational change beyond traditional grantmaking structures. But what does it look like to invest in communities outside of the traditional 501(c)(3) model to foster a healthier racial justice ecosystem?

Join us on September 24 to hear from Courtenay A. Barton and Stephen Caviness (The Cleveland Foundation) and Mike Roque (Community Foundation of San Luis Valley). They will discuss alternative economies, social impact investing, and sustainable change. Details and registration here.
News from the Field
“Racial Equity Work is People Work”
Marcus Walton, the new president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), previous co-director of Racial Equity Initiatives (REI) at Borealis Philanthropy, reflected recently on some of the learnings from his work at Borealis that he hopes to bring with him to GEO…
The Effort to Understand the Challenges Women of Color Face Within the Workplace
Corporate leaders, explains an article in Harvard Business Review, “need to focus on diversity and inclusion efforts that take an intersectional approach to identify barriers that women of color face, due to the impact of their race and gender”…
Artists vs. “Toxic Donors”
“As more and more cultural philanthropists face scrutiny over the sources of their wealth, the economic scaffolding supporting American museums is being tested, and artists are facing difficult questions about complicity in the system,” details a recent article in Artsy

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