Facts & Figures
Drop in Nonprofit Fundraising
Fifty-one percent of nonprofits have experienced a drop in fundraising this year according to a recent Association of Fundraising Professionals poll of 665 nonprofits. Twenty-seven percent of poll respondents said they did not experience much change in fundraising since 2008. The declines can be partially contributed to lower dollar amounts being given by donors. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
$200 Million to Goldman Sachs Foundation
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. recently announced a $200 million donation to the Goldman Sachs Foundation. The announcement came after the third quarter was posted, showing a company profit of $3.19 billion up from $845 million a year prior. For information, www.wsj.com.
Giving Decline Forecast
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is forecasting a nine percent decline in giving this year for the country’s biggest charities. It would be the greatest decline since The Chronicle of Philanthropy began tracking private donations in the early 1990s. Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, discussed the giving climate with Marketplace. For information, www.marketplace.publicradio.org.
Lawyers and Clients Take the Stage
The Cleveland Play House has created the opportunity for law firms and other organizations who are donating between $750 and $10,000 to cast themselves as extras in the courtroom drama Inherit the Wind. Ten non-speaking extras will be cast for each of the 27 performances to act as lawyers and clients. This program is part of the Cleveland Play House’s community outreach efforts. For information, www.cleveland.com.
The Community Catalyst Fund is being launched by the Foundation of the Carolinas in order to help stressed nonprofits. Nonprofit business strategies including partnerships, potential mergers and tactics to increase revenue will be the focus of the Community Catalyst Fund. Grants may be applied for by science and art agencies starting in December. For more information, www.charlotteobserver.com.
The biotech company Genetech has implemented a workplace initiative to encourage creativity and innovation across the company. Staff members are encouraged to push the boundaries and take risks in their work. They are also encouraged to participate in arts-based programs that highlight creativity such as the photo of the week competition. For more information, www.cnn.com.
Grantmakers in the Arts
The Grantmakers in the Arts 2009 Recession Conference: Navigating the Art of Change was a great success. If you were unable to make the event or were overwhelmed by all the great happenings check in to the GIA blog for a day to day recap, http://gia2009.wordpress.com. You can also read about National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman’s presentation on the Art Works initiative, www.arts.gov.
THE BCA TEN
The BCA TEN awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on November 19, 2009, at a black-tie gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Business and arts leaders from throughout the country are slated to attend the event during which the BCA Leadership Award and BCA Hall of Fame Award will also be presented. “These businesses are being recognized for their exceptional involvement in the arts throughout the workplace and in their communities. They provide the arts with significant financial and in-kind support, and they incorporate meaningful arts-related programs into lives of millions of Americans,” said Chairman of the BCA Executive Board J. Barry Griswell. For more information and to reserve a ticket or table, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
Speaking From Experience
“Arketype values the integral relationship between creativity, the arts, and business. That relationship plays an increasingly important role in an emerging global economy, by igniting man’s passion to express new ideas, and by continuing to enrich our cultural heritage. It fuels, drives, and supports entrepreneurial ingenuity, innovation, and differentiation. Through Arketype’s support of the arts, we enable our community to flourish by partnering with artistic initiatives that struggle or compete for the recognition they need to thrive.”
-Jim Rivett, President/Creative Director, Arketype Inc., BCA TEN 2009 Inductee