Facts & Figures
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Finds That Giving Remains Steady From 2009
According to a Chronicle of Philanthropy
survey, 73 percent of businesses said they expect their cash and product
giving in 2010 to stay on track with their giving in 2009. The rest of the
respondents are split in half, 13 percent anticipating a decrease and the
other 13 percent anticipating an increase in giving. The survey polled 162 of
the country’s largest corporations. For information, http://philanthropy.com.
Growth in the Fidelity Gift Fund
The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund is a nonprofit established by
Fidelity Investments to manage donor-advised funds. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has ranked
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund third in its list of the nation’s largest
charities based on money raised from private sources. Over the past six
months, the Fidelity Gift Fund has seen a 67 percent increase in
contributions. This was due in part by a rise in new accounts in its
donor-advised fund. Contributions to the Gift Fund total $1.3 billion this
fiscal year, ending June 30, which is a 39 percent increase over the last
fiscal year. For information, www.nonprofitquarterly.org.
Creativity to Be Measured in Massachusetts Schools
Gov. Deval Patrick signed off on an economic development bill
which calls for the “formation of a creativity index aimed at rating
public schools statewide based on their ability to teach, encourage and
foster creativity in students.” Massachusetts State Sen. Stanley C.
Rosenberg noted that fostering the arts will help Massachusetts financially
by creating a greater creative economy. For information, www.gazettenet.com.
Funding for Arts in a Recession
Bill Radke of Marketplace speaks with Randy Cohen, vice
president of local arts advancement at Americans for the Arts, about how
contributions to arts nonprofits have decreased during this recession. Find
out why it is important to keep supporting the arts during hard economic
times by listening to the interview or reading the transcript, http://marketplace.publicradio.org.
Arts in Education Week
The U.S. House of Representatives has declared the week
following the second Sunday of September as Arts in Education Week. This
national movement has the potential to produce impactful results at the local
level. Get involved and celebrate Arts in Education Week by visiting www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America
Ten outstanding companies will be honored at this year’s
THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. These companies
represent a diverse range of industry, size, and geography and will be
celebrated for their exemplary art support at the annual gala at The Central
Park Boathouse in NYC on Thursday, November 4, 2010. Clarence Otis Jr.,
chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Darden Restaurants, will
be presented with the Leadership Award. United Technologies Corporation will
be inducted into The BCA Hall of Fame for it's longstanding commitment to the
arts. For the full list of honorees and to reserve a ticket or table, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
Register Now for the NAMP Conference!
Tech. Tools. Times. Make it all new at this year’s
National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in San Jose, CA, November
12–15, 2010. From new preconferences with marketing masters to
workshops on technology, revenue generation, and audience engagement, this
year’s NAMP Conference covers everything you need to know to help your
organization thrive. Be inspired by best-selling author Chip Heath, be motivated
by hospitality guru Chip Conley, and be energized by the land of microchips,
Silicon Valley. To register, http://ArtsMarketing.org.
Creativity World Forum
How can we ensure that tomorrow’s business thrives and
stays ahead of the curve? By fostering creativity and innovation in
today’s workplace. Learn how businesses can encourage creativity in the
workplace and prepare tomorrow’s workforce at the plenary session Ready
to Innovate, Tuesday, November 16 at the Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma
City. Speakers will explore the findings of Ready
to Innovate, a report by Americans for the Arts and The Conference
Board in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators,
which identified arts training as crucial to developing creativity. For
information and to register, http://stateofcreativity.com.