Philanthropic practice

April 21, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In "Buffering Against Uncertainty: Working capital and the resiliency of BIPOC-serving organizations," Rebecca Thomas principal at Rebecca Thomas & Associates, and Zannie Voss, director of SMU DataArts, delve in working capital levels of arts and cultural organizations, emphasizing on BIPOC-serving organizations.

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April 14, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

"Amidst both a catastrophic pandemic and calls for reformed funding practices (especially in support of BIPOC communities), philanthropic giving to arts and culture provides a unique opportunity for funders to reevaluate their funding, evaluation, and decision-making processes," writes Michael Sy Uy at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's blog.

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April 7, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

In "Building Trust Through Grantee Feedback," Charlotte Brugman of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) explores the importance of trust between funders and grantees in a conversation with leaders of India's Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.

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April 6, 2021 by admin

Setting the Stage

With a population of over 2.3 million and one-in-four residents being foreign-born, Houston is the most ethnically diverse metro area in the nation. The city’s arts programs and cultural offerings are robust in number and breadth, and its vibrancy unfolds along the numerous bayous and highways. Most years see 11 to 16 million visitors traveling to the city for arts and cultural events. Houston’s nonprofit arts and culture sector, a $1.1 billion industry, employs more than 25,000 people.

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April 6, 2021 by admin

Just societies cannot grow in toxic soil. To build regenerative communities, we should look to how life flourishes in the natural world, of which we are an inherent part.

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April 6, 2021 by admin

Artist Distrust Open Letter, a group of artists, including three of the five AIA panelists, published an open letter capturing their experiences with the funder as being “inequitable, opaque, and unresponsive to community needs” with “long-held practices that have unjustly impacted Black, Indigenous, and otherwise racialized peoples.” Image courtesy of Artist Distrust.

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April 6, 2021 by admin

To better support Black artists and cultural communities, arts philanthropy should increase its focus on stability and resilience in creative practice. Covid has fully revealed its long-standing fragility, leaving 63% of all artists unemployed and 66% unable to access the infrastructure necessary for their work.1

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March 5, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

Vu Le writes in Nonprofit AF about “sunsetting” in philanthropy and how he appreciates "when funders have the courage to do this. So many societal problems could be resolved more effectively if more foundations would spend more now to solve these problems instead of hoarding resources, which allows entrenched issues to persist."

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February 12, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

An article in Impact Alpha reflects on building a personal portfolio of impact investments in the creative economy.

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February 8, 2021 by Carmen Graciela Díaz

An article in Westword tackles how nonprofit leaders relate to foundations and power imbalance, among other obstacles they face.

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