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State of the Arts - A mixed picture
June 17, 2014
Delaware Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff met with a dozen DGA members and presented a picture of both vulnerability and resilience in the arts sector. DDA provides general operating support - one of the few funders that does - to 65 arts organizations. The larger ones, those with high fixed costs, were badly hurt in the recession and are still challenged. Smaller, community-based organizations were able to survive by cutting programming and some have actually grown audiences as the economy recovers. All present agreed that arts organizations need to pay attention the the same governance standards as other nonprofits, and they need to do a better job of winning and sustaining individual donors.
Focus on Wilmington
April 29, 2014
Raye Jones-Avery (Christina Cultural Arts/Kuumba Academy), Paul Calistro (WestEnd Neighborhood House), Carrie Gray (Wilmington Renaissance), and Rod Lambert (Woodlawn Trustees) provided insights into projects that have the potential to bring positive change to Wilmington. They talked about what it takes to be successful, including:
- Community involvement
- Clear, well-defined strategies
- Collaboration among community partners
- Cooperation from government agencies
Several participants reported afterward that they had gained clearer understanding of how much is being done to improve the city, how the various efforts relate to each other, and how they might think about these projects in the grant making.
Poverty In Delaware
March 12, 2013
Patricia Beebe of the Foodbank of Delaware and Secretary Rita Landgraf of the Department of HSS led a vigorous discussion of the nature and causes of poverty in our state and what approaches are needed to reduce its impact and help people move beyond it. A few of the observations made by members included:
- Solution strategies need to be bold and innovative
- Strategies should be comprehensive, avoiding traditional silos
- Education, both early childhood and for adults is critical
- Comprehensive strategies must address housing and transportation needs
- Poverty causes stress, which itself inhibits progress for the poor and near poor
As the discussion concluded the point was made that the measures of success in addressing poverty are in quality of life, and that those experiencing the effect of poverty need to participate in defining what quality of life means.
Members Roundtable: What you need to know about the agencies you fund...
Led by April Birmingham, Bank of America
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ten DGA members gathered to discuss what information they need to assess the applications they receive, and how they get it. In addition to financial reports and audits, participants reported putting emphasis on the quality of an organization's leadership and governance and on strategic planning. There was general agreement that when a funder makes a significant grant to an agency they are putting their brand on the project and heightened awareness of this "reputation risk," is elevating the importance of careful pre-award assessments.
Grantmakers Report on Delaware Independent Sector
DELAWARE’S PHILANTHROPIC SECTOR VIBRANT BUT BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND INSTITUTIONAL GIVING HAVE DECLINED
WILMINGTON, Delaware – Even after being battered by the Great Recession, Delaware’s philanthropic sector remains a vibrant and vital part of the state’s economy, driving the expenditure of billions of dollars and providing 14% of the jobs in the state.
But the health of the sector is at risk. Both institutional and individual giving have declined since the Recession began and more nonprofits than ever find themselves operating in the red. Care must be taken to nurture the sector if Delaware is to continue to enjoy its benefits for years to come.
These are among the findings of a recent study of Delaware’s philanthropic sector sponsored by members of the Delaware Grantmakers Association, a coalition of foundations and corporate funding programs that work to support Delaware.
The study, Delaware's Philanthropic Sector: A Post-Recession Assessment, is a companion report to Philanthropy in the First State, released in 2009. Both studies examine the nonprofit organizations active in Delaware and the individual giving and organized philanthropy that support them.
In 2010, the most recent year for which comprehensive data are available, the philanthropic sector posted some robust statistics:
Delaware’s primary grantmakers invested $75 million in Delaware nonprofits;
Individuals in Delaware gave more than $467 million in charitable gifts;
Nonprofits in Delaware generated $5.3 billion in revenues and provided more than 60,000 jobs – equivalent to 14% of all civilian, non-farm jobs in the state.
Yet both grantmaker and individual giving are down from their pre-Recession levels, with individual giving off by 12%. In the face of this decline, coupled with cuts in government support and increasing demand for services, 48% of Delaware nonprofits found themselves operating in the red -- spending more than they received -- in 2010.
In order to return the philanthropic sector to its pre-Recession health, Delaware needs to stimulate giving by individuals and grantmakers, and work strategically to ensure that Delaware’s nonprofits have the capacity necessary to meet both the community’s needs and expectations. All sectors -- philanthropy, the business sector and the public sector, must join in this effort.
Copies of the report are available by following the link at left.
The Delaware Grantmakers Association works to strengthen philanthropy in Delaware through public education and advocacy and to grow the number of institutional donors supporting Delaware nonprofits.