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The Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts are Featured in Forbes

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This year's BCA 10 honorees are using the arts to meet business goals in moving ways. We are proud to recognize them with an ad in the 100th Anniversay Issue of Forbes, "100 Greatest Business Minds" (page 169, September 28).

 

Each attendee of this year's BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala, held on October 11 at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City, receives a copy of the issue and an opportunity to congratulate this year's honorees.

 

 

For more information, read the BCA 10 press release.

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The Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts are Featured in Forbes

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Whether they are joining the arts community to create new experiences or inspiring leadership and creativity in employees, this year's BCA 10 honorees are using the arts to meet business goals in moving ways.

 

We are proud to recognize them with an ad in the October 4 issue of Forbes, "The World's Sexiest Stock" (page 81).

 

Each attendee of this yaer's BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America gala, held on October 5 at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City, received a copy of the issue and an opportunity to congratulate this year's honorees.

 

For more information, read the BCA 10 press release.

 

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Forbes Recognizes the BCA 10 as Top Innovators

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Forbes Recognizes the BCA 10 as Top Innovators

The September 8, 2014 issue of Forbes Magazine not only announces the world’s 100 most innovative companies, it also includes a full-page ad celebrating our 2014 BCA 10 honorees! (See p.115.) Forbes recognizes that the best businesses in America support the arts because they know that the arts are drivers of innovation.  

 

We are looking forward to raising our glasses to all of the 2014 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America on October 1 in New York City. Congratulations to all of these innovative companies, and many thanks to Forbes for this incredible recognition.

 

The 2014 BCA 10
AC Entertainment (Knoxville, TN)
Brookfield (New York, NY)
BBVA Compass (Birmingham, AL)
Brooks Resources Corporation (Bend, OR)
Classical Movements, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO)
Hallmark Cards, Inc. (Kansas City, MO)
Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, SC)
PECO (Philadelphia, PA)
Thrivent Financial (Appleton, WI)

 

Leadership Award
Frederic C. Hamilton, Chairman, The Hamilton Companies (Denver, CO)

 

Hall of Fame
John Deere (Moline, IL)

 

Presenting Sponsors: Frederic C. Hamilton, Lanny and Sharon Martin

 

Sustaining Sponsors: BBVA Compass, Brookfield, Thrivent Financial


Read more about these outstanding arts and business partnerships in our 2014 BCA 10 announcement.

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Forbes Recognizes the Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America

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Forbes Recognizes the Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America
On October 2, we will be celebrating the BCA 10 honorees in New York City, but we are so excited about the exemplary ways these companies have partnered with the arts, we wanted the world to know! The October 7, 2013 issue of Forbes Magazine not only announces the Forbes 400, it also includes a full-page ad celebrating our BCA 10 honorees! (See p. 261)

 

As the ad says, "The best businesses in America support the arts because they know the arts build a creative workforce and desirable communities for employees and customers alike. We recognize their innovation."

 

Join us in congratulating the following companies on their great partnerships with the arts:

 

Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO
Atlantic Salt, Inc., Staten Island, NY
Bacardi USA, Inc., Coral Gables, FL
M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY
Microsoft, Redmond WA
PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, PA
Premier Bank, Dubuque, IA
Scholastic Inc., New York, NY
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, KY
 

BCA Leadership Award

Michael B. McCallister, Chairman, Humana Inc., Louisville, KY
 

 Hall of Fame

Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI


Read more about these great arts and business partnerships in our press release.

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Business Committee for the Arts Says Corporate Support Has Rebounded From 2006 Levels (From FORBES)

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In the following article, Jane Levere of Forbes Magazine (the leading bi-weekly source for business news and financial information) comments on the BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts, citing that the percentage the arts received of total philanthropic contributions from businesses rose from 15% in 2009 to 19% in 2012, while the median gift size from large businesses rose from $15,500 in 2009 to $30,000 in 2012. That said, Levere states, "Two-thirds of businesses who did not support were never asked, which means arts groups should simply ask." Read more at the link below.

 

Business Committee For The Arts Says Corporate Support Has Rebounded From 2006 Levels

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Mike, The Picasso of Accounting Joins Forbes Billionaires

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Mike, The Picasso of Accounting Joins Forbes Billionaires

The March 25, 2013 issue of Forbes Magazine includes our pARTnership Movement ad featuring Mike, The Picasso of Accounting alongside the 1,426 people listed as one of Forbes Billionaires. 

 

"When businesses partner with the arts, everyone profits. Because the arts inspire new ideas, fresh thinking and creative collaboration. Just think, it's exactly what you're looking for from the people who work with you every day."

 

Learn how to place an ad in your chamber of commerce newsletter, company intranet, business publication and more in our pARTnership Movement tool-kit. Read stories of successful arts and business partnerships to inspire your own pARTnerships.

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The Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

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The Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America

On October 4, we will be celebrating the BCA 10 honorees in New York City but we are so excited about the exemplary ways these companies have partnered with the arts, we wanted the world to know. The October 8 issue of Forbes Magazine not only announces the Forbes 400, it also includes a full-page ad celebrating our BCA 10 honorees.

 

As the ad says, "The best businesses in America support the arts because they know the arts build a creative workforce and desirable communities for employees and customers alike. We recognize their innovation."

 

Join us in congratulating the following companies on their great partnerships with the arts:

 

Alltech, Inc., Nicholasville, KY
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
Chaves Consulting, Inc., Baker City, OR
Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK
Earl Swensson Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN
First Community Bank, Corpus Christi, TX
Golden Artist Colors, Inc., New Berlin, NY
Jackson and Company, Houston, TX
MASCO Corporation, Taylor, MI
Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL

 

BCA Leadership Award

James S. Turley, Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young

 

 Hall of Fame

The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL


Read more about these great arts and business partnerships in our press release.

Matching Gifts: A Good Cause to Stay

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Matching Gifts: A Good Cause to Stay

Author: Ryan Scott

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Employees was originally posted on Forbes.

 

Telecommuting, competitive pay, stock options, extended vacation time, a gym, catered lunches and other attractive benefits will get talented recruits to come work for company. But once they’ve arrived, how do you keep them?

 

Much of the time, the cause to stay is…cause.

 

Human resources professionals increasingly recognize that amongst the most important components of any employee retention strategy are diverse corporate volunteer programs that reflect the values of employees. Implementing an internal employee giving and corporate volunteer platform with a variety of non-profit choices allows workers to conveniently support the causes that are near and dear to their heart.

 

And when a company offers matching contributions for every donation an employee makes, the message the company sends to the employee is “I care about what you care about.”

 

A matching gift program benefits the cause, the employee (who feels supported) and the employer (who benefits from increased employee engagement.) For non-profits, studies have shown that matching gifts serve as an incentive in fundraising appeals and lead to increased donations. And for employees, a matching gifts program is so attractive that it can be seen as part of an employee’s total compensation package.

 

These benefits have made matching gift programs increasingly popular. In their 2011 survey of corporate giving, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) found that in 2010, 94% of companies offered at least one matching-gift program averaging $1.70 million in total matching funds.  From 2009 to 2010, 57% of companies raised the dollar amount donated to matching gift programs.  

 

Businesses can match their employees’ charitable gift-giving in many ways. The most common approach is simply by matching, dollar for dollar, a single donation or recurring donations, such as payroll deductions.  A company can also match the full amount raised by staff through a company fundraiser. Companies can also approach matches creatively, by adopting matching concepts such as ‘dollars for doers,’ in which companies make a donation to match every hour an employee has volunteered for a charity.

 

To read the complete article, please visit www.forbes.com.*

 

*Photo Courtesy of One Planet Living in Sutton.

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Insights on Corporate Philanthropy

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A recent study published by Forbes Insights shows that companies are prioritizing social services in their corporate social responsibility efforts. Following social services are environmental causes, community development, health services, and economic development. The least supported causes include fostering entrepreneurship, the military and their families, and religion. While by 2014 entrepreneurship is expected to climb up the priority ladder, arts and culture is expected to become a lower priority. Currently, arts and culture is 11th on the list, with 25% of companies supporting the arts. The lower priority categories can be explained, according to the study’s authors, by the fact that military families, religion and the arts have a more limited scope than something as wide-ranging as the environment or social services.

 

The study discussed how companies anticipate to focus their efforts in the next three years, yielding answers that corresponded to the present list of supported causes. Arts and culture is expected to fall to 13 on the funding priority list, with support from 23% of companies. Entrepreneurship, however, will become a higher priority over the next three years as companies try to create jobs in spite of the lagging economy.

 

Forbes Insightshighlighted MasterCard, which is creating new economic and entrepreneurial initiatives around the world. The company works with local partners to encourage training and entrepreneurship for women in the Philippines and China, and entrepreneurship for youths in India. “Corporate social responsibility isn’t just about writing checks anymore; it’s making important ties with what is going on in your community,” says Patricia Devereux, group head of Corporate Philanthropy & Citizenship at MasterCard Worldwide. Lastly, the study showed that two-thirds of companies of all sizes expect to increase their focus on volunteerism over the next three years, believing that volunteerism can enrich their leadership and development efforts.  

 

The Forbes study showed that companies are eager to address, and involve themselves in social and environmental issues. Companies understand that corporate responsibility is not an act of pure altruism, but can be beneficial for themselves as well. 93% of the companies involved in the study say “our company can create economic value by creating societal value.” Employees are caring more than over about their employer’s commitment to local communities, the environment, and volunteerism, when addressing corporate responsibility.

 

Through The pARTnership Movement, we are providing information to the business community about how the arts can align with company and societal goals.

 

Read the entire study at Forbes Insights.

Forbes Magazine Knows That Partnering with the Arts is Good Business

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Check out our pARTnership Movement ad in the April 9 issue of Forbes Magazine. 

 

Want to place a pARTnership Movement ad in local business publications, chamber of commerce newsletters, corporate intranets and more?  Learn how in our tool-kit.

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