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Acts of Commission: Lessons from an Informal Study - Discussion Guide

September 1, 2003

This discussion guide is designed to help you think through the concepts presented in Janice Nittoli's paper, Acts of Commission: Lessons from an Informal Study, and consider how you might apply them in the everyday practice of philanthropy.The guide contains four exercises:The first exercise provides a role-play to explore the match between a commission strategy and foundation goals and mission.The second exercise presents a template to plan a commission's membership, and assure that it contains a balanced and diverse group of decisionmakers.The third exercise involves creating a "History of the Future" to identify the combination of elements that lead to a successful commission.The fourth exercise offers a series of questions to help a foundation staff person prepare to work with a media consultant to promote a commission's work.Following the exercises, a resource page contains Nittoli's checklist to help funders assess their readiness to launch a policy commission.

Reggae to Rachmaninoff: How and Why People Participate in Arts and Culture

November 1, 2002

Provides the results of a telephone survey conducted to help inform those whose aim is to broaden and diversify cultural participation, and promote the role of arts and culture in strengthening American communities.