Is Support for the Arts NOT Philanthropy?

Posted by Gary Steuer, Oct 04, 2007 1 comment

A recent opinion article by Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton, in the LA Times, echoing opinions he has expressed earlier and elsewhere, has stirred up quite a debate. The various threads include an article in The New York Times about a month ago that touched on similar themes, and an article in the Washington Post. These are all referenced on The Chronicle of Philanthropy website, including some reader postings. In a nutshell, what Reich (and some others) contend is that the wealthiest Americans are self-serving in their philanthropy, and are not sufficiently generous is helping the truly needy. Reich specifically singles out arts organizations as nonprofits that essentially serve as playgrounds for the rich. Major universities like Harvard with its multibillion dollar endowment are also cited. Reich's solution: advocating a change in the federal tax code that favors charities that provide direct services to needy people, suggesting, If the donation goes to an institution or agency set up to help the poor, the donor gets a full deduction. If the donation goes somewhere else to an art palace, a university, a symphony, or any other nonprofit, the donor gets to deduct only half of the contribution.

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10 Steps for a Successful Job Search

Posted by Nora Koerner, Sep 27, 2007 0 comments

Are You Ready?
The fall is typically a busy time for hiring-are you ready? Even if you aren't actively looking for a new position right now, it never hurts to stay on top of what's happening in the field. 

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1.  Double and triple check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors.
2.  Create a professional e-mail address for your search.
3.  Pay close attention to the instructions from the job listing.
4.  Never send a resume without a cover letter.
5.  Do your research on the organization and the position.
6.  Address your cover letter to a specific person (e.g., a hiring manager or executive director).
7.  Customize your letter and resume to each job.
8.  Do not pester their office with status check e-mails and phone calls.
9.  Compare your skills/knowledge/experience with the job posting requirements.
10. Keep track of where you have applied, with whom you've spoken, and what actions have been taken.

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Top of Their Game:

Posted by John Abodeely, Sep 18, 2007 0 comments

Bob Morrison and host of other movers and shakers in New Jersey arts, arts education, education, and politics unveiled the results of the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project today in a graceful and eloquent press conference televised from the New Jersey Network studios in Trenton, NJ.

In a brilliant stroke, the new New Jersey Arts Education Partnership a coalition of supportive leaders and organizations speaking with one voice for arts education made the recommendations from the Project its strategic plan. Is there a better way to make an impact from the data than to make it someone's to-do list? The Partnership is currently hosting committees addressing each major area of the report: students, teachers, policies, resources, and community.

The most potent piece of the data is the mapping: an actual picture of each school district colored according to their Arts Education Index a number like a grade, based upon flexible, comprehensive criteria for high-quality and fully accessible arts education.

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