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.
Money has taken over our political system in a way that is simply horrifying. Special interest groups, in particular corporations, unions, Wall Streeters and bankers, dominate our politics. But we are not helpless.
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.
Rick Perry needs to move fast in the presidential money chase to capitalize on his strong suit: the army of large donors who have raised more than $100 million for his gubernatorial campaigns since 2001.
After mapping out a budget and strongly considering what we needed to increase the show's production value and compensate the crew and actors who volunteered their time, we decided it was time to stop shortchanging ourselves.
Smaller arts organizations are typically those which serve unique segments of our communities. Many of our nation's greatest artists were first exposed to the arts through these more specialized arts organizations.
Virtually every American arts organization is dealing with the residual effects of several years of deep recession, but many of my international Fellows are dealing with far more difficult and dangerous situations.
In the current era, we should be on guard against claims that money given online, as well as tallies of small donations versus large donors, prove definitively that a campaign is more "grassroots" or "owned by ordinary people". Such signs offer hints, nothing more.
Mitt Romney disclosed that 70% of his total fundraising of $18,383,256 came from donors giving the maximum allowable contribution of $2,500. This means that almost $13 million of his total amount raised came from just 5,147 people.