Tag Archives: Philanthropy

Either/Or or And

“Opportunity cost” is a basic concept in economics in which one considers the cost of doing one thing as the cost of not-doing something else.  It involves a binary decision: if I do X, I do not do Y.  This … Continue reading

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Opportunity is Knocking

Bill DeWalt, former (and founding) director of the Musical Instrument Museum, wrote an op-ed piece in the Arizona Republic that delineates the challenges faced by the new arts leaders coming in to replace not only him, but also the leaders … Continue reading

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Other People’s Mission

This post originally appeared on the 2am theatre blog (#2amt). “Other people’s money” is not just the name of a play by Jerry Sterner.  It is the temptation put before an “agent” when working on behalf of a “principal” that … Continue reading

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Capacity and Innovation

After returning from the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, a dear friend and well-respected colleague who knows I’m always looking for creative ways for my students to find funding for their projects tipped me off to Power2give.org.   Power2give allows donors … Continue reading

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The Symbolic Capital of Arts Commissions

I learned late last week that Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal zeroes out the general appropriations line for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a cut of approximately $665,000, as part of her cost-cutting plan. The plan also includes … Continue reading

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Realignment

Today, I was re-viewing Ben Cameron’s* fabulous TEDTalk of last fall because I’m requiring my arts entrepreneurship students to see it.  Cameron makes several important points, among them (and forgive the paraphrasing) that the arts are in a period of … Continue reading

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Arts giving: Tax deductions or tax credits?

One of my concerns about our very decentralized arts funding structure is that so much depends on the tax deduction for charitable giving.   This concerns me less because of rumblings about repealing the deduction and more because the beneficiaries of … Continue reading

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