Facts & Figures
Corporate Foundation Forecast
Giving by corporate foundations remained close to unchanged in 2008, granting $4.4 billion. The Foundation Center annual forecasting survey found that 51 percent of corporate foundations that responded expect to decrease their giving in 2009. For information, www.foundationcenter.org.
Skills Based Volunteerism
Approximately 25 percent of nonprofits surveyed have no plans to implement skills-based volunteerism in 2009. However, 95 percent of those surveyed said there is a greater need for pro bono work. Of the corporations polled, one in four answered that they do not have the staff to oversee an employee volunteer program. The Deloitte LLP commissioned poll was conducted by Taproot Foundation and Opinion Research Corp. For information, www.deloitte.com.
Value of Volunteer Time
The Independent Sector has announced a new estimated value for volunteer time. The estimated value of a volunteer hour in 2008 is $20.25, up from $19.51 in 2007. For information, www.independentsector.org.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention,
Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities,
will take place June 18–June 20, 2009. Come a day early on Wednesday, June 17, to participate in one of seven Advance Workshops focused on specific topics including Leveraging Private-Sector Support. In this half-day workshop, experts in strategic philanthropy and sponsorship will share their insights about the future of private sector support for the arts with regard to the current economic climate. For information, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Release your inner superhero at the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference, CollaborAction: Arts Marketing, Sponsorship, and Fundraising Strategies That Work! In today’s troubled times, it’s more important than ever that you not hide behind a secret identity. Learn how you can save the day when it comes to marketing, sponsorship, and fundraising. Join your super colleagues at the 2009 NAMP Conference in Providence, RI, October 30–November 2, 2009. Help your organization face challenges and make the most of opportunities in this economic climate. Register before July 15 for the early-bird discount. To register, www.ArtsMarketing.org.
Creativity in a Difficult Economy
If you are looking for creative ways to relieve stress and increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace, sign on to hear a full-length podcast of BCA's Forum for New Ideas. You will learn ways in which business can work with the arts to encourage employee engagement and benefit their bottom line.You will hear from Jonathan Spector, CEO, The Conference Board; Krista Pilot, Senior Vice President, Dan Klores Communications; and Randy Cohen, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement Americans
for the Arts. To listen, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
Campari and Contemporary Art
Campari announced a number of new art initiatives aimed to reinforce their role as a leading supporter of contemporary art. Campari will be supporting the work of emerging artists through exhibitions, commissions, and open discussion. They will also be increasing their support of the industry by partnering with Artists Space, LAXART, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as continuing their annual sponsorship program. For information, www.skyyspirits.com.
KoNo Enterprises Partners to Save the Music
KoNo Enterprises, LLC, Inc. has announced a partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation. With each purchase of KoNo iPopperz ear buds, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. This partnerships works to enhance the foundation’s support of music education. For information, www.vh1savethemusic.com.
Speaking From Experience
“I have always believed that the arts are a very important part of our society and that those of us in the business sector have a responsibility to support the arts.” —James R. Houghton, Chairman Emeritus, Corning Incorporated