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ERIC Number: ED567869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Investing in Cultural Participation and Financial Sustainability: Cross-Cohort Analysis of the Arts Regional Initiative, 2009-2014. Insight: Lessons Learned from Our Grantmaking Programs
James Irvine Foundation
Between 2009 and 2014, The James Irvine Foundation invested $13.4 million through the Arts Regional Initiative to build the capacity of a group of nonprofit arts organizations in California locales outside of major arts centers. The aim was two-fold: to increase cultural participation and improve financial sustainability. The following lessons, which are presented in this report, emerged from Harder+Company Community Research analysis of the Initiative: (1) It is possible to increase cultural participation; (2) Combining key approaches maximizes participation; (3) Organizations can achieve new capacities; (4) Increased capacity cannot ensure financial sustainability; (5) Partnerships and executive leadership matter; and (6) Commitment level correlates with benefit. The Initiative intentionally focused on nonprofit arts organizations working in regions of California characterized by changing demographics and lacking robust financial support for the nonprofit arts sector. The following are appended: (1) Regional Contexts; and (2) Arts Regional Initiative Phase II Grantees.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: James Irvine Foundation; Harder+Company Community Research
Identifiers - Location: California