Facts & Figures
Financial Advisors Hesitant to Give Charitable Giving Advice
A new study released by The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund compiles information from more than 500 financial advisors on their advice given on charitable planning to their clients. According to new findings, 52 percent of financial advisors who responded proactively offer charitable planning advice, while 63 percent believe this advice would be of interest to their clients. Forty-four percent of respondents said they do not proactively offer this advice because they see philanthropy as a client's personal decision. For information, www.charitablegift.org.
Australian Study Reveals Business Perspectives on Arts Partnerships
A survey conducted by the Australia Business Arts Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts shows that businesses seek out partnerships with the arts to help align a brand with creativity and to stimulate employee engagement. They survey also found that 60 percent of businesses preferred partnerships to more traditional sponsorships. For more information, www.abaf.org.
Nonprofit Use of Social Media Surpasses Other Sectors
A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Seattle research firm Financial Insite found that nonprofits have been much quicker to adapt social media than all other sectors, including large and small businesses and universities. The study found that 97 percent of the 200 surveyed nonprofits use some kind of social media, with 87 percent using Twitter, 93 percent on Facebook, and 65 percent engaged in blogging. For information, www.earthtimes.org.
Cultural Organizations Compete for a Custom ici Mobile App
icihere.com, a mobile app development company, has announced a series of regional competitions for cultural nonprofits with the prize of a custom-made ici iPhone mobile app. The winning organization will receive a custom app with navigational features. icihere.com Founder and CEO Ken Kay said, "The ici mobile app offers an opportunity for cultural organizations to redefine and enhance their programming and constituent relationships, and especially to connect with young, mobile audiences." For information, http://icihere.com.
Barbie™ Partners With The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
In partnership with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Barbie™ has created Barbie™: The Fashion Experience, an exhibit which welcomes visitors to explore art, design, and popular culture. The exhibit opened in December 2009 and will remain open for 14 months. The museum expects it to draw more than 1 million visitors to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. For information, www.marketwatch.com.
Delta Plane Dons Dali Moustache for Museum Exhibition
A 757 plane from Delta’s fleet is now adorned with a Salvador Dali-style mustache in celebration of the exhibition Dali: The Late Work which opens on August 7 at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The exhibition is one of the first to explore the later period of Dali’s career. The mustachioed plane began flying domestically on July 28, and the High is encouraging anyone who encounters the plane to share their experiences on the museum’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Delta is the official airline of the High Museum. For information, www.atlantagatoday.com.
Where Do the Arts Fit in Crowd Sourced Philanthropy?
Initiatives on crowd-sourced corporate philanthropy are sparking discussion in nonprofit and philanthropy circles. Join us in discussion about this trending topic and let us know how you think the arts fit into the picture. Can arts organizations compete with nonprofits with a social mission? To read ARTSblog and let us know what you think, http://blog.artsusa.org.
NAMP Conference Registration Open
Trying to make sense of the avalanche of emerging technologies and how they can help you build for the future? Then come to the 2010 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference, November 12–15, 2010 in San Jose, CA! New Tech. New Tools. New Times. presents the best in technology and audience engagement. Join us at Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Arts Funding Gone: The New Landscape of Corporate Partnerships for a private sector focused discussion at NAMP Conference to discuss the shifts in corporate priorities for sponsorships and donations due to the economic downturn. To register, www.ArtsMarketing.org.
Speaking from Experience
“We all agree that the United States must innovate to remain one of the world’s leading economies...A continued high degree of competency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is an essential element of such a set of skills [but] we need to reinstate a level of creativity to augment this technical competency that has been lost by budget concerns. We need to create a national understanding that this loss will become a huge economic mistake…we must lead the effort to make sure there is an understanding that including arts in the curricula of all schools at all levels is not just a nice thing to do but an economic necessity.”
—Harvey White, telecomm entrepreneur and co-founder of Qualcomm, during the Americans for the Arts and The Conference Board’s webinar Arts Education and the Innovative Workforce. Read more about the webinar on ARTSblog.