Committee for the Arts Triennial Survey
Next week, Americans for the Arts releases the BCA Triennial Survey on Business Support to the Arts
which explores the numbers, motivations, and goals of arts and business
partnerships. The full survey and our Monograph
on the survey findings will be released to members on Monday and can be viewed
on our Members-Only website. The executive summary will be available to
everyone and can be accessed
on Monday, December 6.
Upcoming Webinar: Why and How Businesses Support the Arts
During our upcoming webinar on December 8 at 3:00 p.m. (EST), learn why an
international bank, a Cincinnati-based advertising agency, and the largest
utility company in Oregon make the arts a priority in their giving. In a
discussion on the BCA Triennial Survey of
Business Support to the Arts led by Mark Shugoll, CEO of Shugoll
Research, business funders will discuss the survey’s findings in terms
of why and how they support the arts and compare the extent of their giving,
both now and the near future. To register, http://eo2.commpartners.com.
Sector Blog Salon: December 6–10, 2010
Businesses priorities for sponsorships and donations have made a seismic
shift with the economic downturn, and the arts have taken more than their
fair share of the cuts. Join us to discuss why the arts should stay in
companies giving guidelines and how arts and business can create stronger,
productive partnerships. Bloggers include Akhtar Badshah, Sr. Global
Community Affairs, Microsoft and Courtney King, Manager of Communications,
Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. To join the conversation, http://blog.artsusa.org.
General Electric Honored by the State of Oregon
In celebration of Portland General Electric’s BCA 10 award-winning art
support, Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski named November 10, 2010, Portland
General Electric Day. For more information, www.racc.org
and to view the proclamation, www.racc.org.
The Awards Are Over, but the Celebrating
On November 4, arts and business leaders from all over the United States
commended 12 exceptional businesses for their commitment to the arts at the
BCA 10 awards in New York City. Now that the awards are over, the black ties
have come off, and the awardees have returned to their respective home bases.
But from Iowa to Oregon, the celebration of these exceptional businesses
shows no signs of stopping. To read more about how the BCA 10 awardees are
celebrating the arts and to hear what Clarence Otis, Jr., Chairman & CEO,
Darden Restaurants, Inc. has to say about supporting the arts, visit
Facts & Figures
Giving Trends for Entrepreneurs
Research by the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and Ernst &
Young found that entrepreneurs give twice as much of their profits to charity
than more established companies. Entrepreneurs give a median of three percent
of their company's profits to charity, compared to 1.2 percent given by the
nation’s largest companies. For more information, http://philanthropy.com.
Workplace Giving Campaigns and Why Employees Give
A recent survey found that 54 percent of employees give when
asked to support a workplace giving campaign. The study conducted by The
Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University also found that employee donors
top reason for giving is to help people meet their basic needs (60 percent).
The second rated reason for giving was identifying with a cause (57 percent).
For more information, www.philanthropy.iupui.edu.
Samsung Funds a Curatorial Position at the Guggenheim
Samsung will fund the position of Samsung Senior Curator of
Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Director of the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Richard Armstrong said,
“Samsung’s generous support will help the Guggenheim further develop
its leading role in defining the significance of Asian art in today’s
global curatorial establishment." For more information, www.guggenheim.org.
Fresh Artists Founder Honored
Barbara Allen will receive the Purpose Prize for her dedication
to Fresh Artists, a nonprofit organization she founded in 2008. Through Fresh
Artists, she has placed more than 400 pieces of Philadelphia
schoolchildren’s artwork in corporate boardrooms across the region and
nation. With the support of those corporations, she has purchased $100,000 in
art supplies for public school children. For more information, www.philly.com.
Gifts to Consider
With the holidays fast approaching, please remember to keep the
arts in mind. From museum memberships to theater tickets, your local artist
to the museum gift shops, there are many ways to support the arts in your
Speaking From Experience
“Darden is committed to making a positive difference in
the communities where we live and work. One of the many ways we do that is
through our support of the arts. The sharing of artistic talent and heritage
promotes cultural diversity and enhances the American story, serving as an
inspiration for current and future generations.” - Clarence Otis, Jr.,
Chairman & CEO, Darden Restaurants, Inc. and 2010 BCA Leadership Award