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View and Download the 2013 BCA National Survey
The 2013 BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts was released last week and shows good news for the arts funding landscape. Business support for the arts is up—an 18 percent increase in cash plus non-cash giving since 2009, but there are still areas in need of increased support. The BCA Survey is the only survey of its kind that examines support for the arts from small, midsize, and large businesses. Completed triennially since 1968, the study acts as a resource on national giving trends. Learn how you can share the survey, read key insights, and view/download the full report at the pARTnership Movement.
At Last, a Ray of Hope: Insight on the BCA National Survey from Top Researcher
Mark Shugoll, arts supporter and owner of Shugoll Research, provides his insights on what this year’s BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts results mean for arts giving. He discusses what the findings mean, what businesses and arts organizations need to be aware of in relation to corporate philanthropy for the arts, and how it all can be used moving forward. Visit the pARTnership Movement to learn more.
|Announcing the 2013 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America! |
Each year the BCA 10 celebrates companies from across the country for their exemplary partnerships with the arts. Businesses large and small are recognized for their contributions to the arts though programs including grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership. This year’s honorees show a wide range of arts engagement initiatives that have not only helped create better places to live, learn, and work, but also boost the bottom line. Visit the pARTnership Movement to read the full list of 2013 honorees and learn how you can celebrate these great partnerships in your local communities!
Private Sector Network
|Louisville Arts Leader Honored by Americans for the Arts |
Every year at our Annual Convention, Americans for the Arts presents the Michael Newton Award in recognition of innovation in developing private sector partnerships. This year, we presented the award to Barbara Sexton Smith, president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, the oldest united arts fund in the country. Fund for the Arts raises money for arts institutions and programs throughout the greater Louisville, KY area. Sexton Smith received this award for her outstanding fundraising efforts and her development of the NeXt! Leadership Program, which prepares the next generation for volunteer leadership roles in the area of arts and cultural interests, with a strategic focus on strong corporate citizenship. For more information, visit the pARTnership Movement.
Ahead, Together: Corporate Philanthropy and the Arts
Americans for the Arts’ Private Sector Initiatives department intern Jordan Lohf gives an arts-focused insider’s perspective from the 2013 CECP Summit, which brought together more than 250 of the senior-most giving officers from 130 of the world’s largest companies. This year’s Summit placed emphasis on the importance of the arts in corporate philanthropy and business performance, with speeches by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch and entertainment by Aetna’s volunteer corporate jazz band and actor, playwright, and teaching artist Nilaja Sun. Read the full blog at the pARTnership Movement. (Aetna Jazz Band, photo courtesy of CECP.)
Facts and Figures
Key Private Sector Arts Support Findings in US Giving Report 2013
In June, Giving USA released Giving USA 2013: The Annual Report on Philanthropy in America, which details data about charitable giving in 2012. The report shows that private sector giving to the arts (by individuals, foundations, and corporations) was $14.4 billion, up 7.8 percent from 2011. In addition to a growth in dollars, the arts reclaimed some ground in “market share” of all charitable giving, increasing from 4.4 percent in 2011 to 4.6 percent in 2012. Private contributions to all charities in 2012 were $316 billion, up 3.5 percent, with 81 percent coming from individuals. Congruently to the BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts, changes in total giving correlate strongly with changes in the economy. For the full report, visit Giving USA.
Corporate Giving, Non-Cash Contributions Are Up Since 2007, CECP Report Finds
A survey conducted by CECP in association with the Conference Board found that both cash and non-cash contributions increased between 2007 and 2012, with non-cash giving accounting for 69 percent of total giving in 2012, up from 57 percent in 2007. The report also found that, in 2012, 70 percent of the survey respondents offered paid-release time and outside-company-time volunteer programs as a way to engage their employees in corporate giving programs, up from 53 percent in 2007. For a sneak peak of the study, visit CECP. The full report will be issued in the fall.
"Non-cash giving is defining the new corporate societal engagement. This has major implications for NGOs all over the world. From employees coming in to solve efficiency challenges, to product donations that enable important capacity upgrades, community partners and businesses around the world are working smarter together." -Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP
Business Speak: Can We Talk? Trends in Business Support for the Arts
July 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT
Learn trends in business support for the arts from our newly released BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts. This study explores how and why small, midsize, and large businesses partner with the arts. Mark Shugoll from Shugoll Research and Michael Stroik from CECP will discuss how these trends fit into the current landscape and how you can leverage this information. This webinar is part of the five-part “Business Speak: Can We Talk?” series. To view more information on this webinar or to order the entire series, visit Americans for the Arts Webinars.
The Conference Board's Corporate Social Impact Conference
July 24–25, 2013, Detroit, MI
In today’s world, corporate philanthropy is broadening to include a wide range of stakeholders. Effective partnerships can accelerate impact and lead to longer term social change. From The Conference Board's Corporate Social Impact Conference, you will take away key issues shaping corporate giving and community involvement, insights into partnerships that leverage your firm’s resources, and practical knowledge to help develop your staff. Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch will speak alongside arts leaders on the role of the arts in building better businesses and stronger communities. For specific questions, contact Ruth Whaley. Register through this link to receive a 25 percent discount!
Speaking from Experience
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“Supporting the arts creates balance, sustains the cultural life of communities and offers opportunities for individuals of all ages to enjoy the arts. We are proud to help communities realize what’s possible through the arts.”
-Robert J. DeKoch, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Boldt Company