THIS BLOG HAS BEEN ARCHIVED

The Economic Turmoil and Change Blog was launched in January 2009, when the recession was at the heart of every day’s news. Since then, GIA has gradually expanded the content of this blog to include a range of non-recession topics. With the launch of GIA new Web site in January 2010, we have opted to archive this blog in favor of a newer, and more aptly titled blog, GIA News.

Please change your bookmark to GIA News, and check out our new Web site!

Over and out.

Tommer

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HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

Washington, D.C. – The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.

GIA suggests:

UNICEF

AMERICAN RED CROSS

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

OXFAM

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TOP 10 U.S. ARTS POLICY STORIES FOR 2009

David Moss posts his New Year’s list of the top 10 U.S. arts policy stories of 2009. Yikes! GIA appears twice.
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CULTURAL ALLIANCE MOURNS PASSING OF PRESIDENT PEGGY AMSTERDAM

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance sorrowfully announces the passing of its president, Peggy Amsterdam. She died peacefully at home on December 26, surrounded by family and friends.

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PARTING THOUGHTS FROM MOY

“Over the past decade, 24/7 connectivity has become reality. Living in (Shifting between) real and virtual time/space is oxymoronically natural in our lives. Technological breakthroughs enable us to be connected to each other and to address our needs and desires immediately with often a device as large as your or my hand. Often most coveted devices such as an IPhone, Alessi household appliances, and HP minibooks designed by Vivienne Tam and Tord Boontje infuse high functionality with sleek visual design, making visible an individual’s desired identity.”

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REMEMBER THE BIG PREDICTED TRANSFER OF WEALTH?

Apparently it is still coming.

Following is a link to an interview Paul G. Schervish, PhD, and John J. Havens of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, published in Investments & Wealth Monitor.

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MICHAEL KAISER ON THE FIRST BIG GRANT

One of the exciting moments in the life of a young, small or mid-sized arts organization is when it receives its first, large foundation grant. This grant, a recognition of the good work already being performed, typically allows the organization to expand its programming….

I have long lobbied foundations to make their grants to smaller organizations in the form of challenge grants. A challenge grant must be matched by other contributions, often by new gifts or increased gifts from existing donors. By forcing the organization to build a new, larger donor base during the grant period, the transition when the grant is over is eased. The foundation’s money might be gone but the new donors attracted by the match help fill the void.

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LOOKING BACK AT THE ARTS BUILDING BOOM

(The recession is)…”exposing poor management and poor planning,” said Mr. Joynes, who is collaborating on a study of 50 cultural building projects completed from 1994 to 2008 and their planning processes. These were situations, he added, in which “nobody actually asked: ‘Is there a need here? If they build it, will they come?’ ”

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MAKING THE MUMMIES DANCE! R.I.P THOMAS HOVING

New York Times

Globe and Mail

Wikikpedia

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YALE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PHILANTHROPY CONFERENCE

A brief on the Yale philanthropy conference, “Leveraging Resources and Harnessing Strengths” by Ian David Moss.

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