New Chairs Confirmed at the National Endowments (and other June stories)

Both the NEA and the NEH have new official leaders this month: Jane Chu, head of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, will be the 11th chair of the NEA; William “Bro” Adams, formerly president of Colby College, will be the 10th chair of the NEH. Respected internal acting chairsRead More

[Createquity Reruns] The Deduction for Charitable Contributions: The Sacred Cow of the Tax Code?


(Tax policy week continues at Createquity with this doozy of an analysis from editorial-board-member-to-be John Carnwath from April 2013. Believe it or not, thanks to some stellar performance in Google search rankings, an article about tax policy is now Createquity’s most-read blog post of all time! And for good reason, as John’s article expands beyondRead More

[Createquity Reruns] Creative Placemaking Has an Outcomes Problem

M&R Photography

(Welcome to Createquity’s summer rerun programming! Over the next few months, we’re reaching into the archives to pull out some of the best articles and most underrated gems we’ve published since 2007. This week, we’re focusing on creative placemaking! The article below was the opening shot in a debate about the emerging practice of usingRead More

Interview with GiveWell

Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elie Hassenfeld and Tim Telleen-Lawton from GiveWell. GiveWell is a charity rating agency that makes recommendations to donors based on the expected impact of their dollars, rather than more traditional metrics such as how much money is spent on administrative overhead or some squishy notion ofRead More

Around the horn: memorial edition

Note to folks going to the annual Americans for the Arts Convention in Nashville – Ian and Talia will both be present, and presenting: Talia at Making Arts Education More Equitable and Available to Everyone and the Lightning Workshops during the Arts Education Preconference; and Ian at Creating a Culture of Learning at Your OrganizationRead More

Cool jobs of the month

Associate Director, Artist INC UMKC Innovation Center Artist Inc. Programming, is seeking an Associate Director Program/Project Operations. This position is the chief administrator of the suite of Artist INC.programs and is responsible for the program’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Artist INC programs are delivered through a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte StreetRead More

Around the horn: Donald Sterling edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The IRS has proposed a new Form 1023-EZ, which would allow some smaller organizations to apply for tax-exempt status with much less hassle. The National Association of State Charity Officials has objected out of a belief that completing the longer form is an important educational experience and a fear that applicationsRead More

Crowdsourced corporate philanthropy died a year and a half ago, and no one seems to have noticed

Pepsi Refresh Project

Hey, remember Chase Community Giving? And Pepsi Refresh? And the American Express Members Project? The social-media-driven, crowd-powered giving initiatives promised to “redefine corporate philanthropy” and were frothily hailed as a “taste of things to come” just a short while ago. American Express had gotten the trend started back in 2007 with the Members Project, aRead More