Facts & Figures
Philanthropy’s Effect on the Bottom Line
The 2010 Cone Nonprofit Marketing Trend Tracker found that “nearly 60 percent of American consumers are more likely to show interest in products associated with a nonprofit partnership than those standing alone.” For information, www.coneinc.com.
Funding in the Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations have experienced success in attendance and ticket sales despite economic shortcomings. This season in the Bay Area, attendance has increased at museums, symphonies, and theaters. However, corporate contributions faced a steep decline, including a 31 percent decline at the San Jose Stage Company. For information, www.mercurynews.com.
Corporate Philanthropy Steps into Recovery Mode
The new report, The 2010 Philanthropy Agenda: Is the Pressure Easing?, found that companies are stepping out of crisis mode and are beginning to think in terms of recovery. More than 75 percent of respondents to The Conference Board survey stated that they would not be making recession-driven changes to their 2010 corporate giving programs. However, the study found that in focus area giving, capital campaigns and arts and culture will face the most decreases. For information, www.prnewswire.com.
Dancer Sayako Tomiyoshi from the English National Ballet holds a placard designed by Damien Hirst at the Great Court of the British Museum on March 25, 2010 in London, England. Leading cultural figures from the United Kingdom gathered to launch a new report entitled Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future.
(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe)
COMPAS Exceeds Financial Goals
In spite of a turbulent economy, United Arts Fund, a program of COMPAS in St. Paul, MN, surpassed their Workplace Giving Campaign goal for FY 2010. Since 1998, the United Arts Fund has been providing support for arts education partnerships; groundbreaking community programs in youth employment, rural arts, senior programming, and healthcare. For information, www.compas.org.
BMW Continues an Arts Tradition
Over the past 35 years BMW, has worked with artists from Andy Warhol to Olafur Eliasson to produce BMW “Art Cars.” This year, Jeff Koons has been commissioned by BMW to create the 17th Art Car. The unveiling will take place on June first at Paris’s Pompidou Center. For information, www.fastcompany.com.
New Leadership in the Arts
Questions often arise about the readiness of emerging arts leaders to take over for current executive leaders, as we discuss “leadership gaps” and the lack of affordable professional development available. To respond to this conversation, Americans for the Arts and the Emerging Leaders Council will host a national dialogue on New Strategies to Support Next Generation Leadership on ARTSblog. This dialogue will leverage the voices of funders, Emerging Leader Network representatives, and leadership development advocates to discuss what is needed to sustain leadership growth, the skill sets that emerging leaders need to develop, and how funders are addressing the generational shift. To participate in the conversation, http://blog.artsusa.org/category/emerging-leaders/.
Speaking From Experience
"The arts are critical to our quality of life and to attracting people to our communities to create a high-quality labor pool. Hanesbrands and its employees are proud to be strong supporters of the arts and contributors to the vitality of our communities." - Richard A. Noll, Chairman and CEO, Hanesbrands, Inc.; THE BCA TEN 2009 Winner