Arts Funders Respond

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 → Read More...
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 → Read More...
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 → Read More...
September 21, 2017 by Monica
In February 2017, the Greater Washington Community Foundation (Washington, DC) in partnership with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, established the Resilience Fund to respond to the critical needs of nonprofits working to support our region’s vulnerable communities as a result of changes in federal policy. To date, we have surpassed our $500,000 fundraising … Continue reading The Resilience Fund → Read More...
September 13, 2017 by Monica
The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation, Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, the Whitman Institute and other partners have announced the 2nd round of the Defending the Dream Fund.  The Defending the Dream Fund was launched in April 2017 to help fund grassroots community organizing groups address a variety of new and urgent threats related to Trump era policies or practices … Continue reading Defending the Dream Fund Supports Community Organizing in the Trump Era → Read More...
August 29, 2017 by Monica
With support from Gerbode Foundation, Tides, The California Wellness Foundation, and Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers will host a live event for grantmakers on “Fighting Intolerance in the Bay Area and Beyond.” From the event page: Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful program with local and national experts on these complex issues, … Continue reading Northern California Grantmakers to Host Event on Fighting Intolerance → Read More...
August 21, 2017 by Monica
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a list of statements from nonprofit and foundation leaders following the events in Charlottesville, VA, including GIA member Grant Oliphant of The Heinz Endowments. In addition to these, other arts foundation leaders have voiced their responses: “Even as brazen displays of hatred rightfully appall us, subtle, everyday acts of racism … Continue reading Funders Respond to Charlottesville → Read More...
August 21, 2017 by Monica
Barr Foundation President James Canales wrote a statement in response to recent news of racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and President Trump’s subsequent comments: We at the Barr Foundation add our unequivocal voice to the growing chorus that explicitly renounces the violent expressions of hate and the vile racism and bigotry that we witnessed in … Continue reading James Canales on Charlottesville: We Must All Speak Out → Read More...
August 18, 2017 by Monica
From The Washington Post: The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville. Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and the broader arts and entertainment community and said in a … Continue reading Members of White House Presidential Arts and Humanities Committee Resign in Protest → Read More...
July 21, 2017 by Monica
A recent article in the Nonprofit Quarterly: I urge you to take advantage of any advocacy opportunities to lobby your state and federal lawmakers. As a board member of an organization that serves populations who were greatly impacted by our state budget impasse, a statewide emergency, and proposed threats from Washington, I continuously ask myself, … Continue reading How Nonprofit Board Members Can Be Effective Advocates in Troubled Times → Read More...