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Artists and Staff Are Family Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.09.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Unhappy employees almost always lead to an unhappy family.

Romney Dooms His Candidacy by Doing the Full Murray

William K. Black | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
William K. Black

Charles Murray's newest book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, proves two classic truths. First, it is impossible to compete with self-parody. Second, be careful what you ask for; for you may receive it. Charles Murray asked right-wing plutocrats to drop what he derided as "political correctness" and denounce Americans who received governmental support as immoral failures. Murray is a vigorous supporter and flatterer of Mitt Romney, claiming that the fact that he became wealthy at Bain should make him a "slam dunk" for the presidency. Murray's reasoning is so crude that he announces a new doctrine -- the divine right of CEOs to govern America. But be careful what you wish for, Romney and Paul Ryan answered Murray's call of right wing plutocrats to arms.

Donor Fatigue

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Some believe that donor fatigue is an inevitable consequence of long-term involvement with an arts organization, or other not-for-profit venture, and that these organizations must be prepared to replace their major donors regularly. I do not agree. I do not believe donor fatigue is inevitable.

The Lack of Stability of Historical Black Colleges and Universities

Robert Hoggard | Posted 11.04.2012 | Black Voices
Robert Hoggard

If HBCU's had more revenue from donors and the government, there would be more jobs because graduates of these schools are taught to be a part of economic empowerment.

My Very Secret Pleasure

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The goal of a strong fundraising effort is to determine what a specific donor wants during the cultivation process so that it can be offered when that donor is solicited.

The Real Convention Is at Cracker Bay

Cenk Uygur | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngOne of the reasons this Republican convention has been so deathly dull is that the real action isn't at the convention. It's at Cracker Bay. That's the name of the yacht where the Romney team just hosted top donors.

PHOTOS: Girl Mauled By Pet Raccoon Gets First Donor-Supported Surgery

Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact

After Charlotte Ponce was mauled by her family's pet raccoon 10 years ago, the brave girl is finally receiving the treatment that she deserves. The...

Obama Jilted In 'Virtually Unheard Of' Switch

Bloomberg | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

Goldman Sachs Group (GS) employees have changed to red from blue. Four years ago, employees of New York-based Goldman gave three-fourths of their c...

Romney's 'Culture' War Comes to Mideast

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Romney, who did not mention the word Palestinians in his speech or visit the occupied territories during his trip, did not recognize what any 10th grader of international politics knows: that the occupation is preventing Palestinians from attaining their full potential, cultural or otherwise.

Unrealistic Expectations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.

Senate Race Pits Former Rivals Against One Another

the Huffington Post | Nate Willis | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

There is more to the Indiana Senate race between Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock than meets the eye. The contest wi...

A Call for Video Grant Applications

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.08.2012 | Technology
Fron Nahzi

Today's technology allows more people more opportunities to propose solutions to the world's problems. When both the donor and the applicants free themselves from the offline approach to developing and implementing ideas, it will better our society.

Implementation or the Lack Thereof

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

I know asking for money can be uncomfortable; I know looking for board members or planning an institutional marketing effort can be time-consuming and challenging. But unless one acts on a board development, marketing or fundraising plan, the effort to develop it is wasted.

Elect Your Local Arts Manager!

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It has struck me recently that people who ascend to high government positions -- as mayors, governors or even presidents -- could do worse than to learn from arts leaders and other not-for-profit executives about creating loyal families of supporters.

Dan Froomkin

RUNNING SCARED? IRS Could Make Political Groups Pay Dearly for Keeping Donors Secret -- And Out Them | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For years, the IRS has done little or nothing to check the rise of overtly political groups that claim a special tax-exempt status in or...

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.

One AIDS March That Should End

Joe Amon | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Something is seriously rotten when "education" centers operating as forced labor camps organize AIDS marches under slogans calling for an end to prejudice against people living with HIV.

Obama Has Dinner With Donors At Arlington's Liberty Tavern

AP | By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 12.28.2011 | DC

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Two retirees, a U.S. Postal Service worker and a business owner from politically important Midwestern and Southwestern states, all d...

The Dream: Diversity in the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Why, given so much social progress, have we failed to produce more leading arts organizations of color? I think there are two different answers.

Philanthropy and Economic Development Boosted by Global Irish Tribe

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact
Reporters Uncensored

By Maura Kelly President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address at the second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle Oct. 8. The Forum is an Ir...

The New Season

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While very public debates about the value of arts funding rage in statehouses across America, we must remember that our communities need the arts now more than ever.

Fundraising Is Not About Being Charming to Rich People

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Many board members, especially, think of a fundraiser as an alchemist, turning nice lunches into gold. While this lack of understanding provides job security for the fundraiser, both skilled and unskilled, it is terribly dangerous for our field.

Endowments Are Not Safety Valves

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The notion that an endowment is an insurance policy is simply not appropriate. Boards can create designated funds that serve as safety valves, but this is not the same as endowment that is meant to be a permanent source of funding.

The Horn of Africa: Relearning Crucial Development Lessons

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Today, as we scramble to relieve the desperate situation in the Horn, we must make sure we don't look at this merely as an interruption in business as usual.


Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.15.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the joys of working in the not-for-profit sector is that one is engaged in supporting a mission that is meaningful and motivational.