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Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2009 Edition

Despite a 2.8% increase in foundation giving from 2007 to 2008, the results of a new survey by the Foundation Center suggest that foundation giving will decrease in 2009 in the range of the high single to the low double digits. For more detailed information, including 2010 outlooks, see Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates: 2009 Edition.

Prolonged Job Losses Strain State Agencies

Prolonged Job Losses Strain State Agencies, an article from Stateline.org, provides current information on unemployment rates across the nation as well as comparative data from the current and previous recessions. It also includes state by state unemployment rates for each month of the recession to date.

Charities and the Troubled Economy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a list of recent stories, live discussions, and statistics about how charities deal with turbulent times. To view these articles, visit How Charities Cope With a Troubled Economy.  

Assets and Opportunity Scorecard

The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard presents a comprehensive look at wealth, poverty and the financial security of families in the United States. The scorecard ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 46 performance measures in the areas of financial security, business development, home ownership, health care and education. The scorecard also details state-by-state information on 38 key policies in these areas that can help or hinder citizens' abilities to succeed financially. The scorecard was developed by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to expand economic opportunity for all Americans.

Medici's Lever: The Cultural Policy Game

Dr. Lilia Maria Delgado has died and left behind a half-billion dollars to establish a new foundation with the mission of advancing the cultural life of San Jose. As board chair, your job is to hire a CEO and to set policy over the next 40 years to accomplish this mission. Which candidate has the most appropriate theory of arts and cultural development for your community? Which investments are most strategic for the foundation? Should you spend down the endowment principal?

Try your hand at answering these questions and increasing cultural vitality in the Medici's Lever game, created using isee systems's iThink model. Medici's Lever is the final project of Cultural Initiatives, an organization that worked to implement a 10-year cultural plan for Silicon Valley from 1996 to 2006.

National Science Foundation Connects Arts and Science

Did you know that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in funding the arts? The NSF's Informal Science Education program is looking for collaborative projects between arts and sciences that promote lifelong learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a variety of informal settings. The deadline for preliminary proposals for the next grant round is June 25. For more information about this or other NSF programs for which artists and arts organizations are eligible, contact Al DeSena.