THIS BLOG HAS BEEN ARCHIVED

The Economic Turmoil and Change Blog was launched in January 2009, when the recession was at the heart of every day’s news. Since then, GIA has gradually expanded the content of this blog to include a range of non-recession topics. With the launch of GIA new Web site in January 2010, we have opted to archive this blog in favor of a newer, and more aptly titled blog, GIA News.

Please change your bookmark to GIA News, and check out our new Web site!

Over and out.

Tommer

HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

Washington, D.C. – The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.

GIA suggests:

UNICEF

AMERICAN RED CROSS

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

OXFAM

TOP 10 U.S. ARTS POLICY STORIES FOR 2009

David Moss posts his New Year’s list of the top 10 U.S. arts policy stories of 2009. Yikes! GIA appears twice.
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CULTURAL ALLIANCE MOURNS PASSING OF PRESIDENT PEGGY AMSTERDAM

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance sorrowfully announces the passing of its president, Peggy Amsterdam. She died peacefully at home on December 26, surrounded by family and friends.

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PARTING THOUGHTS FROM MOY

“Over the past decade, 24/7 connectivity has become reality. Living in (Shifting between) real and virtual time/space is oxymoronically natural in our lives. Technological breakthroughs enable us to be connected to each other and to address our needs and desires immediately with often a device as large as your or my hand. Often most coveted devices such as an IPhone, Alessi household appliances, and HP minibooks designed by Vivienne Tam and Tord Boontje infuse high functionality with sleek visual design, making visible an individual’s desired identity.”

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REMEMBER THE BIG PREDICTED TRANSFER OF WEALTH?

Apparently it is still coming.

Following is a link to an interview Paul G. Schervish, PhD, and John J. Havens of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, published in Investments & Wealth Monitor.

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MICHAEL KAISER ON THE FIRST BIG GRANT

One of the exciting moments in the life of a young, small or mid-sized arts organization is when it receives its first, large foundation grant. This grant, a recognition of the good work already being performed, typically allows the organization to expand its programming….

I have long lobbied foundations to make their grants to smaller organizations in the form of challenge grants. A challenge grant must be matched by other contributions, often by new gifts or increased gifts from existing donors. By forcing the organization to build a new, larger donor base during the grant period, the transition when the grant is over is eased. The foundation’s money might be gone but the new donors attracted by the match help fill the void.

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LOOKING BACK AT THE ARTS BUILDING BOOM

(The recession is)…”exposing poor management and poor planning,” said Mr. Joynes, who is collaborating on a study of 50 cultural building projects completed from 1994 to 2008 and their planning processes. These were situations, he added, in which “nobody actually asked: ‘Is there a need here? If they build it, will they come?’ ”

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MAKING THE MUMMIES DANCE! R.I.P THOMAS HOVING

New York Times

Globe and Mail

Wikikpedia

YALE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PHILANTHROPY CONFERENCE

A brief on the Yale philanthropy conference, “Leveraging Resources and Harnessing Strengths” by Ian David Moss.

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NEW JERSEY FREEZES $10 MILLION IN ARTS GRANTS AWARDED EARLIER

Treasury spokesman Tom Vincz confirmed the state has released only a small portion of the $12.2 million in first installments.

The rest “has been put on hold, along with other areas generally considered ‘discretionary,’ in light of the current year shortfall and the interaction we’ve had with the incoming team,” said Vincz.

The freeze on arts funding is part of a series of moves the Corzine administration is taking to close a projected $1 billion shortfall in this year’s $29 billion budget. Last week, the state’s municipalities learned $20.6 million in payments would not be made this month. Funding to tourism, education and after-school programs are also being held back.

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NEA SURVEY: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS

Thursday, December 10, the National Endowment for the Arts will release the full report of the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation’s largest and most representative study of adults’ arts participation habits.

As part of the release, a roundtable discussion is being convened by Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa, bringing together representatives of national arts service organizations and regional arts organizations with the NEA’s discipline directors to discuss the report. A live webcast of the roundtable will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.

PINCHUK FOUNDATION $100K AWARD TO INDIVIDUAL ARTIST

A new $100,000 prize for artists under the age of 35 is being announced on Tuesday by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by its namesake Ukrainian billionaire and art collector.

The $100,000 award comes with strings: because Mr. Pinchuk wanted to ensure that the winner keeps working, he said, $40,000 of the purse must go into the production of art.

And à la “American Idol,” the public will also have something of a say. “We wanted this to be a totally democratic process,” Mr. Pinchuk said. After the finalists are announced, the public can vote online for the winner of a noncash People’s Choice Prize.

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DISRUPTING PHILANTHROPY

Draft 2.0 of the paper Disrupting Philanthropy by Lucy Bernholz with Edward Skloot and Barry Valera is now available online, and the authors are soliciting feedback and comments. Comments can go to via email to lucy [at] blueprintrd [dot] com, or on twitter at @p2173.

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GIVEWELL-GATE REPORTED ON CREATEQUITY

Ian David Moss dissects the minor kerfluffle around GiveWell and the notorious Charity Navigator rating system for rating charities on their overhead ratio.

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DOUG MCCLENNAN AND ANDREW TAYLOR ALMOST LIVE!

ArtsJournal founder and editor Doug McLennan talks with Andrew Taylor, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. Subjects are community, conversation, and connection around the arts, and the emerging need for artists and arts organizations to engage their audiences in more varied and more open ways.

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“AS GOES MAINE, SO GOES THE NATION”….DON’T WE WISH

A year ago the Maine Community Foundation, one of the state’s largest philanthropic enterprises, was preparing for hard times ahead.

With the stock market crashing and a global recession strengthening its grip, Henry Schmeltzer, who was then the executive director, watched the foundation’s endowment tumble and predicted that giving could decline by $1 million.

But that gloomy forecast did not come true.

Not only are the foundation’s grants ahead of last year, but its assets by the end of September were slightly ahead of where they were last year at that time. Some other philanthropic foundations are reporting similar stories as they emerge from one of the toughest economic crises in years.

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ARCHIVE OF THE NEA CULTURAL WORKFORCE FORUM IS ONLINE

The video archive of the NEA’s Cultural Workforce Forum, a day-long presentation of research by primarily East-coast academics, and short on front-line practitioners, is now available in its entirety. – Tommer

Here’s the link to the archive

STUDIO PROTECTOR: AN ARTIST’S GUIDE TO EMERGENCIES

Craft Emergency Relief Fund has published Studio Protector: An Artist’s Guide to Emergencies. The fun-to-use, indispensable wall guide and companion web site, www.studioprotector.org, is for artists who want to cover their A’s (their art, assets and archives, that is) in the event of an emergency.

Nationally known paper engineer Carol Barton and a team of artists designed the pop-up style disaster readiness kit for creative types of all stripes craft and studio artists, photographers and media artists. It features two spinning wheel charts that explain how artists can plan ahead for emergencies and reduce the impact of a fire, flood, hurricane or tornado.In addition,five pocket protectors or pullout guides provide detailed information about what to do in the minutes before a disaster strikes, how to clean up after a calamitous event and how to salvage fire and water damaged items.

CERF staff worked with experts in art conservation, arts business management, and emergency relief services to develop easy-to-follow instructions and guidelines about how to prevent losses due to fires, floods, tornadoes and other disasters.

The Studio Protector is available for $16, plus $4 shipping and handling from www.studioprotector.org. Proceeds from the sale of the Studio Protector support the production and distribution of artists emergency resources.

FOUNDATION CENTER PUBLISHES THE CELEBRITY FOUNDATION DIRECTORY

Through their private foundations, many notable individuals have made significant contributions to help underserved populations and provide support for medical research, green technology, and countless other causes they care about. This new directory, in downloadable PDF format, includes detailed descriptions of more than 1,600 foundations started by VIPs in the fields of business, entertainment, politics, and sports.

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