Giving USA 2016: The Results
On June 14, the Giving USA Foundation released Giving USA 2016, its annual yearbook on giving for the year 2015. Last year at this time, Alexander Haas was pleased to report that giving had reached its highest level ever according to the Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy. Today, Alexander Haas is pleased to report that a new peak in contributions has been recorded at $373.25-billion. For the first time in a decade, we saw a combined two-year, double-digit growth rate of 10.1 percent for 2014 and 2015, adjusted for inflation.
Alabama Higher Education Clients Recognized
Alexander Haas congratulates our current and alumni clients' fundraising success as reported in the Birmingham Business Journal (Jan. 27 2016). Current Clients: Auburn University, Spring Hill College; Alumni Clients -Judson College, University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Investing in Staff: Options for the Performing Arts
Investing in your staff is an important way to invest in the future of your organization. Funding staff development doesn’t have to be expensive; there are many cost-effective options. Here are some creative options for the performing arts sector: Theatre Communications Group, the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Introducing Museum Leadership Day for Directors & Trustees at 2015 SEMC
Alexander Haas is teaming with the Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC) and the Museum Trustee Association (MTA) to present a special Museum Leadership Day October 12 at the 2015 SEMC Conference, Creating a Collective Vision, in Jacksonville, FL.
For the full program visit www.semcdirect.net.
Special registration for museum trustees at www.semcdirect.net/Trustee/Director-Day.
Giving USA 2015 Report Released
Americans gave an estimated $358.38-billion to charity in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the 2008 Great Recession. That total slightly exceeded the benchmark year in 2007, when giving hit an estimated inflation-adjusted total of $355.17-billion.
On June 16, the Giving USA Foundation released Giving USA 2015, its annual yearbook on giving for the year 2014. As an annual tradition, our Firm shared these findings with our colleagues and the local nonprofit community with an in-depth preview of the Annual Survey of Giving. This year's event was co-hosted by the Shepherd Center Foundation in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Atlanta Chapter. What follows is a snapshot of information presented by Alexander Haas President & CEO David H. King, a board member of the Giving USA Foundation and chair of the Giving Institute.
Alexander Haas at AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta
The 2015 American Alliance of Museum's Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo will take place in our own backyard: Atlanta, GA. AAM's The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change conference will take place April 26-29.
The Alexander Haas Museum Services partner team will moderate two conference sessions in Atlanta:
Sunday, April 27 8:30 AM
Small and Not-So-Small Museums, All with Big Ideas: Alexander Haas Partner Paul Johnson will lead a discussion with the leaders of two museums that are smaller in size and big on vision for their museums. Joining Paul are Karen Brosius, Executive Director of Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC; Dane Pollei, Director and Chief Curator, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK, and Karyn Flynn, CEO and Executive Director, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA.
Wednesday, April 29 10:45 AM
How an All-Volunteer Band Raised $8-Million During the Recession: Alexander Haas Partner Sandra Kidd will introduce the remarkable story of how a determined group of volunteers put together a public-private partnership that has created not one but two new venues to celebrate the music and culture of the Carolina Piedmont. She will be joined by volunteer leaders J.T. Scruggs, Earl Scruggs Center; Martha "Brownie" Plaster, founder and past chair of Destination Cleveland County; and Emily Epley, Executive Director of the Earl Scruggs Center for Music and Stories from the American South.
For more information on the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting and Expo, visit www.aam-us.org.
Creative Ways to Engage and Entertain
Museums are taking some imaginative risks to build, engage and keep young audiences. A few examples that we celebrate include the RAH Annual Pass at Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Friday Night Music Remix at the High Museum of Art.
See what two of our Alumni Clients are doing:
- For more information on Reynolda House Museum of American Art: click here
- for more information on the High Museum of Art: click here
Build and Retain Your Donor Base
The Wallace Foundation has been a leader in the field of research and study of effective audience building tactics and strategies. Since 2002, the Fund has supported innovation in audience building through its grants to over 54 performing arts groups across the country. This year, with researcher Bob Harlow, they have published The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, which details case studies of 10 arts organizations that participated in audience-building projects as part of the Wallace Excellence Awards Initiative.
Download the report and infographic for free at wallacefoundation.org.
TrendsWatch 2015: American Alliance of Museums
Alexander Haas is pleased to share TrendsWatch 2015 researched and published by the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums.
In the fourth edition, CFM continues to explore emerging trends and events shaping the world. The Alliance’s CFM helps museums explore the cultural, political and economic challenges facing society and devise strategies to shape a better tomorrow. CFM is a think tank and R and D lab for fostering creativity and helping museums transcend traditional boundaries to serve society in new ways. Alexander Haas is proud to be a sponsor of AAM.
Is Georgia Really Losing Millionaires
An annual study that ranks millionaires per household by state, the Global Wealth Monitor, this year drops Georgia to number 40. As we took a closer look we found that, as often the case, statistics can be misleading. Read our take on it in our recent Atlanta Report newsletter.
LinkedIn Can Help You Raise More Money
Are you on LinkedIn? Is your organization? Did you know that this social media site has features that can help nonprofits connect with constituents and donors and raise money?
Go here to find out all the ways LinkedIn can help you in your fundraising efforts.
Is Georgia Really Losing Millionaires
An annual study that ranks millionaires per household by state, the Global Wealth Monitor, this year drops Georgia to number 40. As we took a closer look we found that, as often the case, statistics can be misleading. Read our take on it in our recent Atlanta Report newsletter.
Managing Donor Expectations vs. IRS Compliance
In the latest issue of our newsletters, Alexander Haas Of Counsel John Taylor gives an in-depth report on giving through Family Foundations (FF) and Donor Advised Funds. Of particular interest, he notes there is the issue of who can legally make a pledge and who can legally pay it off.
Go here to read his white paper that spells it out, citing chapter and verse, so there will be no questions when you receive a donor’s gift that may come from an FF or DAF.
New NEA Reports Why People Attend the Arts & the Impact
Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts highlight the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for the three reports is all from 2012, so for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different angles: supply, demand and motivations for consumer behavior.
Go here for more information about the reports.
Text Giving Popular
Donors, particularly millennial donors, are becoming more comfortable with giving via text message, according to a new survey. Asked to rank their favorite method for making a charitable gift, respondents to the third annual Text Donation Study chose text giving as the most preferred method, giving it an average score of 3.46 out of 4 — up from 2.9 and 3.0 in the first two years of the study. Indeed, nearly 90 percent of respondents rated text giving a 3 or 4.
Stewardship 10 Pointers
At Alexander Haas, we have seen and are seeing a number of examples where stewardship helps in building a culture of philanthropy.
Our Managing Partner Arthur Criscillis makes the point that good stewardship involves four key components: acknowledging the gift, recognizing the donor, telling the donor how the gift was used, and engaging the donor. How do your stewardship practices measure up? You can give your organization this 10 point test to find out:
Acknowledging the gift
- Do you mail gift receipts/tax acknowledgment letters within 1-3 days? (or within 5-7 days for year-end gifts?)
- Do you review and refresh the language used in your standard acknowledgment/thank you letters at least twice a year? (fall and spring work well for this)
- Is your database set up to notify you when any gift of any size is received from a VIP donor? (for example, a Board member or Benefactor Patron makes a memorial gift)
Recognizing the donor
- Do you share news of significant gifts, including annual upper-level gifts, with your Board? Does your Board write personal notes or make calls to thank these donors?
- Do you have a donor wall or page in your publication or on your website that recognizes donors at certain gift levels by name, including those who make annual gifts at upper levels?
Telling the donor how the gift was used
- Do your donors hear from others outside of development in your organization about how their gift is put to work? Are education or artistic staff members, for example, involved in saying thank you and giving an update on their programs and outcomes?
- Do you post key financial documents (or links to the documents) on your website, such as a budget summary of revenues and expenses, recent IRS 990 forms, and summary of most recent independent financial audit? Do you create a concise (2-4 pages) summary of your programs and outcomes, and key performance indicators and financials, and publish it each year in print or post it online? Do you send it to all donors, electronically or by mail?
Engaging the donor
- Do you make a point to invite your donors to different education or outreach programs throughout the year, or to take a backstage tour?
- Do members of your organization leadership (Board and management) personally know your top 50 donors?
- Have you called a donor this week to provide an update on a project they have supported? How about today?
Giving USA Released: Giving Continues to Climb
On June 17, the Giving USA Foundation released Giving USA 2014, its annual yearbook on giving for the year 2013. As an annual tradition, our Firm shared these findings with our colleagues and the local nonprofit community with an in-depth preview of the Annual Survey of Giving.
Total Giving in 2013 was $335.17-billion. In current dollars it has increased for the fourth consecutive year and has risen 22.0 percent since the end of the recession in 2009 (12.3 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars).
Report on Funding Cuts to the Arts
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), a national association of private and public funders, this spring issued the 2013 Update on Public Funding for the Arts, which confirmed what many organizations have experienced: state county and city budget support has slowed, and uncertainty of federal funding has affected the level of local appropriations.
Data Can Transform Your Organization
A recent article in The Chronicle Philanthropy showcased how data are transforming the nonprofit world. Go here to read the results gathering data is having with charities across the U.S.
Accounting for Success
Alexander Haas alumni client Brenau University was featured in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighting the exemplary job the institution has done handling its finances, now running million-dollar surpluses.
NEA Report on Arts Participation
The National Endowment for the Arts has just released the results of its 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, which is the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. The survey confirms what many of you see everyday: engaging in the arts is at once a personal activity and also a communal experience.
Dealing with a Sticky Situation
In the October issue of Helping Hand, we highlighted a recent article related to the partial-government shutdown and its impact on the nonprofit community that was published in Associations Now.
Alexander Haas Ranks as a Top Fundraising Consultant
Alexander Haas was selected one of America’s Top 40 Most Effective Fundraising Consultants, a list just published by The Business of Giving. Alexander Haas is the only southern-based consultating firm in the top 20 on the list and the only Georgia or Atlanta firm recognized on the list.
Be a Part of an Important Fundraising Survey
News reports keep stressing that the economy is improving. Giving USA says giving to charity is rising. But how do YOU feel? Are things improving at your organization? You have a voice and should be a part of the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey, an important examination of fundraising being conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative. We urge you to participate in this survey. Go here and join the hundreds that have already participated and let your voice be heard.
Trends in Business Support to the Arts
The Americans for the Arts 2013 BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts, a must-read report for your staff and Board leadership.
To Fish or To Farm?
Steve MacLaughlin, Director of the Idea Lab at Blackbaud, spoke about the importance of donor retention as we continue to navigate the “new normal” of the post-Great Recession economic world, during a recent online discussion at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Giving USA: Charitable Donations Grew in 2012, but Slowly, Like the Economy
In third straight year of gains, contributions reach $316.23 billion from American individuals, corporations and foundations
Even with households across the country feeling continued financial pressure, Americans donated an estimated $316.23 billion to charitable causes in 2012. Modest overall gains in total contributions mirrored the nation’s recent economic trends, Giving USA Foundation™ and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, announced today.
The 3.5 percent year-over-year growth rate (1.5 percent adjusted for inflation) in gifts from American individuals (both households and bequests from their estates), corporations and foundations matches the same figurative portrait of 2012’s economic indicators – some trends were positive, others were negative, but overall, there was growth. Federal tax policy shifts likely also played a role in giving decisions made last year.
Beyond financial pressures, 2012 also saw policy changes considered at the federal level that could alter future giving, including proposals aimed at capping or eliminating the longstanding charitable tax deduction. “Although the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 preserved the deduction, the publicly aired proposals may have fueled some giving decisions,” said David H. King, CFRE, chair of the Giving Institute.
“Philanthropic giving fares best in a known environment, and has been dependent, in part, on certain factors holding true over the decades, including the charitable tax deduction,” said King. “The uncertainty among donors created by policy makers’ examination of the charitable deduction likely influenced giving in two very different ways in 2012. Some donors may have ‘prepaid’ gifts they had intended to make in 2013 to ensure they received a tax benefit, while others may have chosen not to donate out of concern that deductions for very large gifts would not carry over in 2013 and beyond.”
For the full report go to www.givingusareport.org/2013.
Who Does Giving Benefit the Most?
According to The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, subsidizing giving through tax deductions benefits the rich but ends up costing charities and the government. The blog does, however, admit that having the deductions probably encourages giving. The article discusses several proposals to alter the charitable deduction, but they come at the expense of charities.
Proposed Changes to Charitable Tax Deductions
The House Ways and Means Committee released a 558-page report that provides details of how nonprofit organizations could be affected by the various proposal for limiting or changing the charitable tax deduction. The section on charitable giving is on page 491.
Majority of Large Gifts Made by Local Donors
The new report from the William B. Hanrahan Fellowship at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy offers an in-depth analysis of publicly announced charitable donations of $1 million and above given to 12 different types of recipient organizations during the period between 2000 and 2011.
Museum Meeting in May
There are two big meetings for the museum sector in May: the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Art Museum Development Association (AMDA). Alexander Haas Partner Jim Hackney will attend both, and will be leading a session on fundraising trends during the AMDA conference. Go here for information about AAM and here for information about AMDA.
And while you are in Baltimore for the AMA meeting, to check out the Walters Art Museum exhibit Jim wrote about in the April edition of Museum Results. Go here for more information about the exhibit. Jim looks forwarding to seeing you at the meetings!
AAM's Survey of Museum's Economic Recovery
U.S. museums reflect a slow economic recovery in 2012, but remain optimistic for 2013. Read the full report here.
According to a new survey, more than seven in 10 nonprofits expect their donations to increase this year, even amid a challenging economic and political climate. The optimistic outlook comes after charities saw improving results in 2012, when 58 percent of groups reported an increase in donations, up five percentage points from 2011.
Jim Hackney Contributes to LA Times Article: March 26, 2013
Photo Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Alexander Haas Managing Partner James Hackney was recently featured in an LA Times article on museum fundraising in California:
James Hackney, who heads the cultural division of Alexander Haas, an Atlanta-based fundraising consultancy, said he has been fascinated by the MOCA drama.
"I am impressed that they were able to put this money together in just a couple of weeks," he said.
"This is something everyone in the art world has been watching with great interest. The MOCA collection is just so terrific and so important to the art world that I think everybody is pulling for it."
For a fundraising campaign to succeed, Hackney said, it isn't enough to state a general goal such as improving an endowment or putting an institution on firm financial footing. What's needed, he said, is a specific vision for the programming it intends to offer, and a plan for generating the revenue needed to achieve it. Also imperative, he said, is an assurance that strong administrators are in place, fully backed by the board.
"People like to give to excellence. It's excellence, not need" that generates big gifts, he said. Also, he added, MOCA board members will need to make eye-opening donations of their own to generate substantial outside support.
"People need to make a gift that's appropriate to their own wealth, and if they don't, it's very difficult for people from outside the board to want to step up," he said. "If people see them making sacrificial impact gifts themselves, and combining that with a very strong, publicly stated plan and strategy of what their mission is going to be and how they're going to impact the contemporary art world, I think the rest of the contemporary art community will fall into line very quickly."
March 26, 2013
I call it “message drift.”
Here at Alexander Haas, we communicate to our clients how important it is to keep in mind how important it is to view their case for support "from the donor's perspective." Too often, many executive directors or development professionals get so caught up in their work only communicate using institutional jargon, numbers and statistics, and (let’s face it) pretty boring information. Instead of delivering a compelling message with stories about impact and results that their organization delivers, the staff members communicate from a comfort level of talking about day-to-day business information. The message “drifts” to their comfort level of "operations-speak" and can come across as lifeless, dull and more-business-as-usual. We all need for focus again on how we communicate with our donors.
The March 2013 e-newsletter from Guidestar drove this point home for me once again in an interview the publisher conducted with Tom Ahern, noted authority on nonprofit communications.
Over the years, I’ve read various articles written by Ahern and always uncover a nugget or two of insight that help me either in my volunteer work or as a consultant working with a variety of nonprofit organizations. I commend this interview to you for his engaging insights and for making us all think of how we talk with others passionately about our organizations without boring them with our jargon.
March 20, 2013
Photo Credit: Joshua Lott for The New York Times
Jim Hackney Contributes to NY Times Article: March 20, 2013
When The New York Times was researching an article about the recent surge of American moguls building museums, the reporter turned to nationally-recognized expert in the museum world, Alexander Haas Managing Partner Jim Hackney.
“We are a people who like making grand statements,” said James R. Hackney, managing partner at Alexander Haas, an Atlanta-based fund-raising consultant to cultural institutions…..
The article looks at donors who have recently made substantial personal gifts to establish new museums. Read the full story here.
Atlanta Dropping on List of Most Charitable Cities
Honestly, I'm not a number cruncher.
Anyone who knows me well recognizes that I'm a person of the "heart" and not necessarily of the "head!" However, I do enjoy analyzing information related to my clients or pouring over statistics and studies that pertain to the non-profit sector.
Recently, as I surveyed a number of professional websites in search of information for one of my clients, I saw a statistic concerning Atlanta's nonprofit community that gave me heartburn!
While Atlanta has ranked in recent years among the top 5 most charitable communities, a late 2012 study by Charity Navigator ranked Atlanta 21st among cities whose charities are rated for financial health, accountability and transparency. Atlanta fell just below the national median in this particular study.
Is It Development or Fundraising?
We've long believed that the words "development" and "fundraising" are not synonyms. Development, in our vocabulary, is a process of "developing" relationships between people and an organization. This relationship building focuses on finding common ground between the interests of people and the mission and goals of the organization. Fundraising, on the other hand, is really a process of asking people for money. Related? Yes. Interconnected? Yes. Synonyms? No.
We have long advocated that our clients NOT make their development programs completely staff dependent. More specifically, we have advocated that every major donor have a relationship with at least two people in the organization; and if at all possible, at least one of those relationships should be with a Board member or other volunteer.
A Complicated Season of Giving
As most of you know, more charitable donations are made during November and December than in the preceding 10 months. However, 2012 presents some real challenges in determining when and how much to give, especially for those in the top tax bracket.
While we all know that philanthropy is not driven by the desire for a tax deduction, we also all know that is sure does not hurt the process. For someone in the top federal tax bracket of 35 percent, making a gift of $10,000 in 2012 will result in an "after tax" cost of only $6,500 for that donation. In a sense, they are doing something good for the organization and directing $3,500 that would have gone to the federal government to go, instead, to a worthy organization of their choice.
Campaigns & Strategic Planning
A successsful campaign is built upon a compelling case for support. We are often called upon to help clients craft a case when they are in the initial stages of contemplating a campaign. Those institutions that have just concluded or updated their strategic plan are in the best position to begin preparing their case. As an organization prepares for a major fundraising campaign, its case for support should be grounded in its strategic plan. There are numerous ways for nonprofits to go about strategic planning and, thus, one size does not fit all. What is most important is developing an inclusive approach appropriate to the culture of your particular organization. Regardless of what approach is designed, most planning efforts have these components:
Special Report: As Money for the Arts Slowly Dries Up, Georgia Ranks 49th in Government Funding
By Scott Henry
Just as with any other struggling industry, arts professionals are always hunting and experimenting to find the next workable revenue generating model that will help their organizations survive...
Millennials Donors: Three Things You Should Know
More than 6,500 young people aged 20-25 were surveyed this year about what motivates them to give and get engaged with nonprofits. The third annual survey of the Millennials, released this summer, shows that The Three Ts are power forces in shaping the how and why of philanthropy for this group.
Three Points to Hammer Home
"For many that rely on philanthropy... this is not jus a tough year. This is going to be a tough era." — Patrick Rooney, Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University
"Ugh! What's our organization supposed to do?" one client asked dejectedly upon reading the statement above in a recent publication based on the 2012 Giving USA report.
Patrick Rooney, the executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, was reflecting on what has become the second slowest giving recovery from a recession since 1971. What give many of us in the nonprofit sector additional anxiety is that – as Rooney suggests – it will be as much as ten years before we regain the ground lost in philanthropic giving due to the "Great Recession." Others are even posturing that the recovery could take even longer due to the increased uncertainty among donors because of the challenges in the global economy, political gridlock domestically and a host of other anxieties (health care, the aging population, etc.).
So, what are we supposed to do in leading our organizations?
Why We Won't Do It For You
I am a fervent supporter of our nation's nonprofit institutions. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for most of my adult life, both inside the nonprofit and as an outside consultant, I know firsthand he enormous impact the work done by our charities has on our communities. It is a unique adrenaline rush to ask someone for a great gift and have him or her respond positively. And I should say, I really like asking!
Nonprofit directors and volunteers have a variety of reasons why they can't ask a supporter for a gift:
• I am just too busy.
• I am too close to that donor.
• The development staff is supposed to do that, not me.
They often ask me, in my role as their consultant, "Why won't you just make the ask for us?" As much as I enjoyed that role when I was a development officer, as an Alexander Haas consultant, I have to give the truthful answer: "It just won't work!"
Alexander Haas Partner Jerry Henry, Awarded Association of Yale Alumni Board of Governors Excellence Awards
Accepting the award at the AYA assembly was Joan Cooper Burnett ’04 M.Div., a member of the Alumni Board and one of the organizers of the “8 Decades” celebration.
The “Best Marketing, Branding, and Communications Effort” award was presented for “a successful communications effort based on design, creativity, implementation, and response.” "I'm thrilled that YDS—and particularly the collaboration among alumni, administration and staff—has been recognized by the AYA leadership and honored with this award!” said Alumni Board Chair Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div.
Blackbaud to Announce Partnership with Leading Fundraising Firm
Published: May 18, 2011
Blackbaud is also announcing its intent to form a new partnership with one of the country's top arts and cultural fundraising/consulting firms, Alexander Haas, headquartered in Atlanta. Through this partnership, Blackbaud will market fundraising best practices recommendations from Alexander Haas as a companion offering to Blackbaud's Altru software. Dashboards of key metrics will be configured within Altru to track fundraising progress. Other services Altru customers will receive from Alexander Haas through this partnership include: assessment of current processes and procedures, examination of selected materials and reports to assess trends, recordkeeping, and an annual re-assessment to gauge progress and look for additional enhancements.
"We're excited to combine Alexander Haas' unsurpassed arts and cultural fundraising expertise, best practices in constituent relations, and fundraising assessment with our comprehensive technology suite for arts and cultural organizations," said Jay Odell, Blackbaud's vice president and general manager of Altru.
Alexander Haas Partner selected as Visual Arts Judge
Clayton Bass, a Partner with Alexander Haas since January 2011, has been selected the visual arts judge for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Awards (MIAL) for 2011. First presented in 1980, the prestigious MIAL awards recognize Mississippi's finest achievements in seven categories: fiction, non-fiction, visual art, musical composition (concert), musical composition (popular), photography and poetry.
Mr. Bass is the former director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocen Springs, Mississippi and recently led the Huntsville Museum of Art through its successful fundraising campaign and 21,000 square-foot facility expansion. The MIAL Awards Gala will be held in June 2011 at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
Alexander Haas Partner to serve on American Craft Council Board
Anyone who knows Jim Hackney,Managing Partner at Alexander Haas, knows of his passion for American craft, in particular the famous and not-so-famous potters of his native North Carolina. An avid collector of pottery, Jim has turned this personal passion into service with many of the regions museums and visual arts organizations that collect, display, and engage the public in pottery, craft, and design.
Most recently his expertise was acknowledged by the American Craft Council (ACC) which at its fall meeting elected Jim to serve on the Board of Trustees. This is a wonderful honor and one that makes all of us proud in good measure because Jim previously served as strategic planning and fundraising counsel for the ACC.
The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. The Council is today the leading voice for the crafts in America, celebrating the remarkable achievement of the many gifted artists working in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and other materials.
In its October newsletter, News & Views, The American Craft Council announced the incoming members of the Board of Trustees. In addition to Jim, they include Damian Velasquest, Albuquerque, NM — furniture designer and maker, owner of Damian Velasques Modern Handcrafted Furniture; and Namita Gupta Wiggers, Portland, OR, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Northwest College of Art — author, essayist, artist and jewelry designer.
Congratulations to all!