Privacy | Corcoran Revisited | IRS Research Tool | Fundraising Trends |. . .

I thought I would start out this month’s blog update by mentioning a hot topic – privacy. I want you to know that your email address associated with these blog postings will never be shared without your permission.

Corcoran Collection Giveaway

Chapter 13, “Integration of Managing and the Arts,” ended with a Case Study entitled “Crisis at the Corcoran” which told the sad story of a museum’s struggle to keep the doors open. The case study was included in the fifth edition to demonstrate what can happen when an organization is not led and managed effectively. The Corcoran saga continues to be a fascinating and complex story. The Artnet® News update I came across includes a sunny sounding public statement by the current chair of the board of trustees. A colorful infographic was also created to convey a positive message that the Corcoran’s collection will still be exhibited mostly in the DC area.

The New IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS)

I came across a recent post at the website about the new IRS search tool and its potential impact on the donor community. I proceeded to the IRS website to check out the new TEOS tool. The IRS website advises you that the “Search All” database is not working properly. That is not a promising start. I next went to the search form to take the new tool for a test drive. I did not find myself enjoying my user experience. For example, if you don’t know the organization’s EIN code, you better know its DBA (Doing Business As) name or your search might be unproductive. I would be interested in hearing your reaction to the new tool. Go ahead and give it a try. For the time being, I am keeping my GuideStar premium access account active.

Digital Fundraising Trends

Since the world of digital fundraising has evolved beyond the coverage in chapter 12 in the fifth edition (2014), I thought you might find some value is this TechSoup posting about techniques that are being used to “better engage with supporters and raise more money.” I think discussing these trends would be a useful exercise. For example, the posting does not offer any downside to deploying these eight trends. Maybe some of these trends might be better suited than others when it comes to connecting with the arts and culture donors? Applying a little critical thinking to the trends seems like a worthwhile activity to me.

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William Byrnes


DC’s Defunct Corcoran Gallery Announces the New Homes for Over 10,000 Works of Art

The Corcoran has decided who gets art from its $1 billion collection.

Sarah Cascone, May 14, 2018 |

The collection of Washington, DC’s shuttered Corcoran Gallery of Art won’t be going far from home. On Monday, four years after the gallery was abruptly closed, trustees of the institution announced how more than 10,000 objects from its original 19,493-object, $1 billion trove will be distributed. To best honor the legacy of the Corcoran, 99.4 percent of the collection will remain in DC.

This week’s massive giveaway—none of the work is being sold—includes paintings by Sam Gilliam, Joan Mitchell, William Merritt Chase, and Helen Frankenthaler; photographs by Ansel Adams, Sally Mann, Dorothea Lange, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, and Garry Winogrand; sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Marisol, Nikki de Saint Phalle, and Kiki Smith; and prints by Honoré Daumier, Joseph Goldyne, and George Biddle.

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Here’s a link to a colorful infographic of the artwork giveaway:


New IRS Tool Lets Taxpayers Research Charities

The all-in-one search tool is designed to provide easier, faster access to public information.

By Michael Fischer | May 11, 2018 – 10:34 AM |

The Internal Revenue Service this week rolled out Tax Exempt Organization Search, an online search engine that it said was designed to facilitate and expedite access to publicly available information about exempt groups.

“This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations,” Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said in a statement. “Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations.”

TEOS replaces EO Select Check, a six-year-old tool that mainly provided information on an organization’s tax-exempt status. EO Select itself replaced Pub 78, a cumulative list of exempt organizations.

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8 Digital Fundraising Trends in 2018

Michael Stein, May 03, 2018 |

Digital fundraising is constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay on top of emerging trends and take advantage of new tools. Here are eight trends that you can use now to better engage with supporters and raise more money.

  1. Use Pop-Up Lightboxes During Fundraising Campaigns
  2. Make Monthly Giving the Default
  3. Ensure That Your Marketing Campaigns Are Mobile

For the remainder of the trends go to this link: