News

Arts and business news from around the country.

RSS

A Triple Win for Arts Orgs, College Students, & the Economy

Posted by Susan Mendenhall
0 Comments

The terms “triple-win” and “triple bottom line” are tossed around in nonprofit publications fairly regularly, especially when it comes to espousing the benefits of corporate philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
 

At times, it can seem like forging triple-win partnerships are like cranking the philanthropic slot machine hoping for a three liner of cherries. A win for the nonprofit? Ding! A win for the corporate donor? Ding! A win for the community? Ding!
 

But authentic corporate-nonprofit partnerships that have real community impact are no simple gamble. They’re built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect, and a shared commitment to serving real people.
 

A great example of a successful triple-win partnership is the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative. With support from the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Arts United has placed more than 70 paid interns at northeast Indiana’s largest nonprofit arts organizations since 2007. Arts organizations gain assistance and expertise from local college students while providing interns with beneficial career experience in arts administration and nonprofit management.
 

With an annual retention rate of between 40–65 percent, the Initiative has the added bonus of cultivating a creative workforce in northeast Indiana, a region that is striving to retain the talent pool demanded by 21st century businesses. Moreover, interns are placed at leading arts organizations who visibly contribute to elevating the vibrancy of northeast Indiana—a key factor for attracting and retaining talent.
 

Lindsay Sprunger was an intern at Fort Wayne Youtheatre in 2012 thanks to the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative. Before graduating from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in English, Lindsay took on Youtheatre’s publications, social media, and web maintenance with the goal of freshening the way that the 79-year-old organization communicates with the kids enrolled in theatre programs.

In addition, Lindsay gained experience in box office management by managing Youtheatre’s integration in a new shared community box office. After her internship, Lindsay accepted the Assistant Manager position with Arts United’s ArtsTix Community Box Office.
 

A win for arts organizations like Youtheatre and Arts United? Ding!
 

A win for area college students like Lindsay? Ding!
 

A win for the regional economy? Ding!
 

This is a triple-win partnership, indeed.
 

“Lincoln Financial Foundation contributes to moving the needle by partnering with organizations like Arts United that do the work,” explains Jean Vrabel, program officer for Fort Wayne and Omaha. “We recognize that the arts contribute to the economic stability of northeast Indiana, and the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative is a true workforce development tool.”
 

The Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative is just one part of a long-standing partnership between Lincoln Financial Foundation and Arts United. The Lincoln Foundation announced in March 2013 that it plans to strengthen ties with Arts United through a multi-year grant of $280,000 over two years.
 

The grant provides general operating support and continued sponsorship of the Nonprofit Arts Internship Initiative. In addition to the grant, Lincoln employees will contribute more than $30,000 to Arts United this year during their annual workplace campaign.
 

Arts United will use support from Lincoln as a part of its collaborative model of arts administration that utilizes shared resources—Arts Campus facilities, united fundraising and grant administration, financial expertise and business services, and cultural planning—to serve about 70 arts and cultural nonprofits in 12 counties of northeast Indiana.
 

Arts United Executive Director Jim Sparrow says, “Lincoln’s long-standing support of Arts United reinforces the important role that arts and cultural organizations play in our region. Our well-resourced cultural core is a catalyst for a more dynamic, vibrant community.”

 

*This article was originally posted on ARTSblog.

Related
Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

More News

New David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award
Jan 08, 2018 0 Comments
Americans for the Arts announced today that the David Rockefeller Fund will invest in a four-year presenting sponsorship of the new David Rockefeller BCA pARTnership Award. Given annually, the award will honor a company and arts...
Go to full post
Nation's United Arts Funds Raise $85.5 million for the Arts in 2016
Jan 02, 2018 0 Comments
Throughout the summer of 2017, the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Initiatives department solicited responses to the FY2016 United Arts Fund Campaign Survey. Surveys were distributed to a total of 45 united arts funds by...
Go to full post
Nominate the Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts
Dec 11, 2017 0 Comments
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 BCA 10 AWARDS Every year, Americans for the Arts through its Business Committee for the Arts, honors the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America. Submissions close January 19. ...
Go to full post
Award-Winning Examples of Companies Supporting the Arts
Nov 21, 2017 0 Comments
The arts are an economic driver. According to the Arts & Economic Prosperity study, released by Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015, which...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: AC Entertainment in Knoxville, Tennessee
Nov 14, 2017 0 Comments
Known as one of the foremost concert promoters and festival producers in the United States, AC Entertainment celebrates the arts by bringing first-class live entertainment experiences to music lovers from around the world. Founded...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Scholastic Inc., New York City
Nov 09, 2017 0 Comments
“Creative, innovative thinking, the hallmark of artists and writers, is fundamental to building economic strength, and new and better ways of seeing the world. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards validates the creativity of students...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov 07, 2017 0 Comments
“Duke Energy is committed to supporting the vitality of the communities we serve. That includes introducing our young people to the arts at an early age—study after study shows that children benefit immensely from exposure to...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri
Nov 02, 2017 0 Comments
At Hallmark Cards, art is an essential component of the company’s DNA. From its founding in the early 20th century, Hallmark has fostered creative environments both inside and outside the workplace, and has been particularly...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Bacardi in Coral Gables, Florida
Oct 31, 2017 0 Comments
“Supporting the arts within the cities and towns where we live and work is our way of giving back at Bacardi. This sense of corporate responsibility has been at our foundation since the Bacardi company was created more than 151...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Microsoft in Redmond, Washington
Oct 26, 2017 0 Comments
“Microsoft is honored to support arts and culture organizations across the U.S. and around the world, which provide so much richness to all of our communities.” -Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Yum! Brands in Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 24, 2017 0 Comments
“At Yum! Brands, we believe in the power of the arts to educate, inspire and empower all students, especially those who are classified as ‘at-risk’.  Working with our local Fund for Arts organization we created the Yum! Family...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 20, 2017 0 Comments
“Turner Voices, our company’s signature corporate philanthropy program, marries our deep ties to our Atlanta hometown with our commitment to next-generation storytellers and their power to impact our community in profoundly positive...
Go to full post
It’s a Celebration! The 2017 BCA 10 Gala: Best Businesses That Partner with the Arts
Oct 19, 2017 0 Comments
On October 11th, business and arts leaders gathered at the iconic Central Park Boathouse in New York City to honor the best businesses partnering with the arts in America at the annual BCA 10 Awards. Now in its 13th year, this...
Go to full post
BCA 10 Spotlight: AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 18, 2017 0 Comments
"Even as AutoZone has evolved over the last 36 years, we’ve maintained a steadfast commitment to our hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Leadership and active participation in our region’s arts and culture are essential to community...
Go to full post

Already a partner?

Already a partner?

Learn easy ways to take your partnership to a new level.

Use our ads locally

Use our ads locally

View The pARTnership Movement ad campaign and find ways to use the ads.

pARTnership videos

pARTnership videos

Watch and share our videos from The pARTnership Movement.

Partnership ideas

Partnership ideas

Inspire employees with tickets to the ballet or a concert.

Are you an arts group?

Are you an arts group?

Get listed in our searchable directory.

Recruit talent

Recruit talent

Employees want to live and work in a vibrant community.