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Americans for the Arts

In just two weeks, we’ve raised over one-quarter of our year-end goal of $20,000. You can view real-time results of the campaign by clicking the thermometer to the right of the page. Please help us reach our goal by contributing now.

In the midst of this holiday giving season and during “fiscal cliff” negotiations, Congress and the White House are actually considering future limits to the charitable deduction in order to help close the revenue gap. Because we know how devastating this could be to nonprofit arts organizations across the country, we are advocating with a broad coalition of charities to prevent this from happening by lobbying Congress daily, placing whole-page ads in newspapers, and engaging the media to help tell our story.

Please know that your support matters. The Arts Action Fund is the only national bipartisan voice that helps advance the arts in both the electoral and legislative

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What Arts Managers Can Learn from Steve Jobs

With the recent release of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and several other bios scheduled to come out in the near future, there’s a lot of discussion on what kind of a manager Jobs was. While the management of a publicly-traded tech company and that of a nonprofit arts organization may seem worlds apart, […]

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Creating a New Organization: From Concept to Implementation

My name is Angela Harris, and I am the executive director of Dance Canvas, an Atlanta-based dance organization, which I founded four years ago. My first blog entry is chronicling the start of my organization, and the lessons learned along the way: #1: FILL A NEED: In 2007, I was planning to leave my career […]

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Poof! The IRS Revokes Tax Exemption for 20,000+ Arts Groups (Updated!)

In 2006, Congress asked the IRS to keep better track of the nation’s 1.7 million nonprofit organizations. Yesterday, the IRS revoked the tax-exempt status of 279,599 of them for not filing legally required documents for three consecutive years (2007-2009). Nearly 27,000 of them are nonprofit ARTS organizations. The 26,875 arts groups represent 20 percent of […]

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