Below you will find information on the following:
· tomorrow 6-21-12: EmcArts Webinar about ArtsFwd “Business Unusual” Innovation Story Contest
· innOVATION Grant Program
· Support for Contemporary Performing Art Projects
· “Some cool things I learned” from Arni
· From idealware: Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions:
· Just Because It’s Useful Doesn’t Mean You Should Do It
· Finding New Ways to Present Old Ideas
· Pressure vs. Persuasion
· Beyond Dashboards: Business Intelligence Tools for Program Analysis and Reporting
· Communication Tips for Bartering
· Donor-Advised Funds: Non-Transparent Tax Shelters for Good
· High Pay for Nonprofit Execs? Analysis of 100,000 Salaries
· HR: Is Coming to Work Required to Keep My Job?
· The Artful Manager blog
· barry’s blog
· Take a 3-Minute Vacation in Flight Around the World
· Job Openings
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EmcArts Update: Webinar about ArtsFwd “Business Unusual” Innovation Story Contest
We will be hosting a Webinar, “Business Unusual: What is Organizational Innovation?” on Thursday June 21st at 2pm to discuss how we define Organizational Innovation and Adaptive Change as they relate to the ArtsFwd “Business Unusual’ Innovation Story Contest and our recently released RFP for the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. We’ll also answer questions about both opportunities and help participants determine whether or not they are an appropriate fit.
Webinar: “Business Unusual: What is Organizational Innovation?”
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 2 –3pm EST
Description: Liz Dreyer (EmcArts Manager of National Programs) and Karina Mangu-Ward (EmcArts Director of Activating Innovation) will give a brief 15-minute overview of our definitions of Organizational Innovation and Adaptive Change as they relate to the ArtsFwd “Business Unusual” Innovation Story Contest and the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts Round 7 RFP, followed by a 30 minute Q&A in which you can find out whether you’re an appropriate fit for the programs.
If your organization is considering applying to the Contest and/or the Innovation Lab, I highly encourage you to attend and bring your questions. Feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues.
If you’re not able to attend the Webinar and you have questions, please feel free to email me directly.
Karina Mangu-Ward, Director, Activating Innovation
127 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027
In partnership with Americans for the Arts and guidance from the NEA, Ovation has developed the innOVATION Grant Program to fund and recognize the impact of artists and the arts in communities’ revitalization efforts.
Three $25,000 innOVATION grants and two $10,000 innOVATION grants will be awarded through a panel review process. In addition, communities can compete for a “Viewers’ Choice Award” of $15,000 at www.facebook.com/ovationtv. Total funding available for the innOVATION Grant Program is $110,000.
Applicants must be Americans for the Arts Organizational Members and for more information, please visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/innOVATIONgrants. Applications will be accepted starting June 18 and the deadline to apply is July 31!
Support for Contemporary Performing Art Projects
Multi-Arts Production Fund
The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, administered by Creative Capital, supports original new work in all disciplines and traditions of the live performing arts. MAP assists artists, ensembles, producers, and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies a spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity. Priority is given to work early in its development; the touring or documentation of completed projects is not eligible for funding. Applications for MAP grants must come from U.S. nonprofit organizations. (Artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor.) Applying organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years of professional experience. The online letter of inquiry process opens September 4, 2012 with a due date of October 17, 2012. Invited proposals must be submitted by December 10, 2012. Visit the MAP website for eligibility information and application guidelines.
Passing on “Some cool things I learned” from MAC’s Executive Director Arni Fishbaugh
1. The Seattle Foundation (a community foundation) did “The Big Give,” a one-day fundraiser online and for every dollar contributed, the Foundation matched it. People could designate where they wanted the money to go, and the arts received a big portion. Thought this might be of interest to some of our local community foundations or arts orgs. It was all done online.
2. In 2009, following the recession that began in 2008, philanthropic support for the arts from foundations dropped from 12% of their giving to 10%. At the same time, the number of foundations giving to the arts increased! But, they were smaller foundations. Of the private foundation giving that year: 1/3 increased their funding; 1/3 remained the same; 1/3 decreased their funding.
3. http://power2give.org/ — This is a very cool thing sponsored in Charlotte (is that WV or NC…I’m not sure). Thought this could be a cool thing to share with your arts org enewsletter folks, Beck.
4. There are four times as many artists in Wyoming as there are cowboys. (Now that’s a statistic, isn’t it?!)
5. A good new quote: “All this shivering on the shore is pointless if the plunge is inevitable.”
From idealware: Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
Finding New Ways to Present Old Ideas (Idealware)
Nicole Lagace writes about how her organization, HousingWorks RI, used an infographic to attract media attention to statistics that might otherwise have been overlooked, and what other nonprofits can learn from the experience.
Pressure vs. Persuasion (M+R Strategic Services)
M+R Strategic Services reveals the “overlooked secret to winning your advocacy campaign” in its free publication, and explains the difference between pressure and persuasion.
Beyond Dashboards: Business Intelligence Tools for Program Analysis and Reporting
Strategic, mission-critical decisions require a clear understanding of program performance, but for most nonprofits, making decisions on facts rather than gut feelings is easier said than done. Organizations are increasingly turning to dashboards–custom utilities that gather, organize and present information in an accessible way–that let them more effectively measure, monitor and manage the way they meet their missions.
Paper Chase: Communication Tips for Bartering
OurGoods, a bartering network for the creative community, offers tools and advice to help you barter for skills, space, and objects. Founded to inspire local resource sharing, they built their community on mutual understanding and respect, and hope to share their knowledge in order to support new work.
Donor-Advised Funds: Non-Transparent Tax Shelters for Good
Nonprofits are probably most familiar with donor-advised funds (DAFs) at community foundations: a donor gives, let’s say, $1 million to a community foundation and gets a $1 million tax deduction that year. Over the next several years, the donor “advises” the foundation to pay out the $1 million in grants to various nonprofits that the donor selects. Donor-advised funds are also administered by commercial institutions such as Fidelity and Chase. Writer Jeff Angus took a closer look at DAFs for Blue Avocado: To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/764
High Pay for Nonprofit Execs? Analysis of 100,000 Salaries
Everybody has an opinion about whether nonprofit executives are paid too little or too much, but almost nobody has any real data outside their own experiences. At last! Economist Linda Lampkin analyzed 100,000 nonprofit CEO salaries and has a definitive (if a little statistics-wonky) answer:
Sometimes it seems that the whole credibility of the charitable sector hinges on the issue of compensation. So what exactly is too much pay? And who is getting it? A colleague and I decided to analyze Form 990 compensation data to bring some real numbers to the discussion (database info at the end of this article). To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/756
Is Coming to Work Required to Keep My Job?
Dear Rita in HR:
I have an employee with a disability who is requesting intermittent leave as an accommodation. She says she can’t tell ahead of time when she’s going to be able to come to work. It seems to me that just coming to work is an “essential function of the job” and she isn’t able to perform that function. Our HR director says we can’t terminate her. Help! I’m hoping you will have a second opinion that will let me terminate this employee and hire someone I know will show up. Sincerely, Frustrated Beyond Belief
I sympathize with your frustration! You are not alone in being confused and aggravated. Basically, the ADA prohibits discrimination against “qualified individuals”: disabled employees who can perform the essential functions of the job with (or without) reasonable accommodation.
The legal question is whether an employee who is unable to come to work can still be qualified to perform the essential functions of her job. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/761
The Artful Manager blog by Andrew Taylor
I’m making my transition this summer from my long-time appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to a faculty position at American University’s Arts Management Program. The logistics and variables involved are too great to continue regular blogging in the meanwhile, so I’ll be taking a summer blogging break through August.
You Aren’t Special, or Are You? and The Kansas Reinstatement is a Victory – But Not Necessarily For Us.
Paternalism and the Emerging Leaders Movement
Take yourself away from the hot, stuffy (or over-cooled) office. Get away from the financial projections. Give yourself a break. In fact, take a flight high above the earth and enjoy these photographs of our earth: Earth From Above.
To see more than 2,600 breathtaking photos by Yann Arthus Bertrand — each one downloadable free — go hereand select a county in the upper left hand corner.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona’s state arts agency, is now hiring for two full-time positions; Grants and Operations Coordinator and Artist Services Coordinator. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 28, 2012. More about the positions:
The Grants and Operations Coordinator position is supervised by the Grants and Information Technology Manager, and is responsible for
· coordinating and manualizing logistics and procedures related to the annual application review process for grants to organizations and schools;
· coordinating and manualizing agency operations;
· and providing logistical and operational support related to agency meetings, programs and initiatives.
The Artist Services Coordinator position is supervised by the Director of Strategic Partnerships, and is responsible for
· coordinating and manualizing professional development for artists and artist-focused businesses;
· coordinating and manualizing logistics and procedures related to the agency’s Artist Project Grants and small grants programs;
· and providing programmatic and logistical support related to community and inter-agency partnerships, programs and initiatives.
For the official job postings and information on how to apply visit the job opportunity listings page on the Arts Commission’s website: