Category: News & Notes

Flagrant foul against Air Jordan amid racial tensions

Sports legend Michael Jordan has courted controversy after speaking out on the recent spate of police-involved shootings sweeping through the country. In a prepared statement released Monday, the former Chicago Bulls star declared that he could “no longer stay silent” after watching the “deeply troubl[ing]” cases of violence against both unarmed civilians and police officers in the line of duty.” “As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man,” Jordan’s statement read, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.… MORE >>

Political polarization reaches the small screen

We hear over and over again about the growing polarization in America. Pew reported a few years ago that partisanship has grown both more concentrated and more pointed since the mid-nineties—the number of voters expressing hard ideological stances has doubled while those same voters feel more and more unfavorable towards their counterparts on the other side.… MORE >>

A Strong Board Could Have Prevented Over $1M Embezzled Funds from New Orleans Public Libraries

I don’t usually find philanthropic scandals in the Washington Post’s Sunday entertainment section. But I found them last weekend when Mark Guarino reported on a controversy that has rocked the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. … MORE >>

Museums and “ego-seums”

In a season of major budget cuts and layoffs in the public arts, donors to museums like the Met should consider their reasons for giving and whether they are hurting the museums they fund. … MORE >>

Was 2015 really America’s most generous year ever?

Good news from the latest Giving USA’s report: in 2015 charitable donations in the United States amounted to $373.25 billion. That means Americans donated over $1 billion per day, on average.… MORE >>

New president at The Bradley Foundation

Attorney and former politician, Richard W. Graber, was recently appointed as the new president of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  “Rick Graber has been a member of the Bradley Foundation’s board of directors for the past three years, and he is fully dedicated to Bradley’s mission, which is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it; promoting limited, competent government; supporting a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual and cultural activity; and vigorously defending American ideas and institutions at home and abroad.”  — Dennis J.MORE >>

Selling the Museum Experience… to Millenials

How can you innovate upon a museum? By definition, museums are places of stability and sober constancy—the best are designed to let their exhibits announce themselves, and people are not as much attracted to a particular museum as they are to its holdings.… MORE >>

Pokemon goes to church

As the popular mobile phone game “Pokemon Go” directs millions of users to churches and other landmarks, parishes are trying to figure out how to disciple to young gamers. … MORE >>

The Met in NYC falls on hard times

The nonprofit sector is composed of mostly small organizations, many of which know what it’s like to fall on hard times. It’s different, however, when one of the largest and wealthiest museums in the world faces a deficit of $10 million that may result in 100 or more job cuts.… MORE >>

Bringing Back the Balsams?

Though it now conjures images of typical post-industrial recession, the north of New Hampshire once attracted the world’s rich and famous, who sought retreat and respite in any one of the region’s many luxury hotels and resorts.… MORE >>

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