Arts Funders Respond

January 14, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, greeted the new year with a letter in which he reflects on the foundation’s hopes for its grantees, the communities it impacts, and the world. We know that the communities most proximate to the problems possess unique insight into the solutions. That is why, in everything we do, … Continue reading A Vision of Hope for Philanthropy in 2019

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November 8, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

One of philanthropy’s responses to the horrific Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that left 11 people dead came from Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, in a blog post called We are the Cure.  We are becoming so inured to these moments that we risk forgetting the totality of … Continue reading “Coming Together in Community is the Cure”: Grant Oliphant Writes After the Tree of Life Shooting 

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June 21, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Grantmakers in the Arts, the national association of private and community foundations, corporate funders, and government agencies that support communities across America by funding nonprofit arts organizations and artists, is writing to express our strong concerns about the proposed changes to the 2020 decennial census, including the Administration’s addition of a question on citizenship status. … Continue reading GIA’s Board Writes to Congress Expressing Concerns on the Proposed Changes to the 2020 Census

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February 27, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Following the Trump Administration’s 2019 budget request that proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among other cultural agencies, the foundation presidents who fund ArtPlace released a statement in support of cultural federal agencies and their role in strengthening communities. “If we lose federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts, we will … Continue reading ArtPlace Presidents Write a Joint Letter in Support of the NEA

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February 21, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

The board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has requested that Congress support appropriations funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) at the highest levels proposed by either the … Continue reading GIA’s Board Asks Congress to Support Cultural Agencies at Risk in the President’s 2019 Proposed Budget

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February 5, 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 … Continue reading Larry Kramer, President of the Hewlett Foundation, Ponders on Today’s Philanthropy

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December 5, 2017 by Monica

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has published an easy chart comparing the current US House and Senate tax bills and how they could affect nonprofits. Click to enlarge.

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November 30, 2017 by Monica

Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, has published an open letter against the tax bill currently under consideration in Congress: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes personal exemptions and the standard deduction in a way that effectively denies 95 percent of taxpayers any tax incentive for giving back to … Continue reading Open Letter from Tim Delaney: Tax Bill Will Hurt Nonprofits and Communities

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November 21, 2017 by Monica

On Monday, November 20, the US Senate Appropriations Committee released a 2018 spending bill that would fund the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities at 2017 budget levels, $150 million for each agency. Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch released a statement Tuesday in response: This action is in stark contrast … Continue reading Senate Appropriations Bill Recommends Continued NEA, NEH Funding at 2017 Levels

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November 7, 2017 by Monica

At the closing plenary of the 2017 GIA Conference, Rip Rapson spoke on how The Kresge Foundation has reasserted its values and called on arts funders and cultural workers to continue to put their own values into action. “In no time in my memory has it been more important for arts and culture to become … Continue reading Arts and Culture in Dangerous Times: Rip Rapson’s Address to the 2017 GIA Conference

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