Arts Funders Respond

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 → Read More...
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 → Read More...
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 → Read More...
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. Read More...
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...