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The scope of our impact

by Jini Stolk “How the arts helped kill off the NEA — by trying to play the conservative “economic value” game”. The title alone of this piece caused me a few sleepless nights. It’s a cri de cœur from arts advocate Matt Burriesci who’s facing up to the reality “that the NEA and the NEH […]

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Remembering

I’d like to say a fond farewell to four wonderful women who had a great impact on my life, and whose loss in 2016 touched me deeply. Sandi Ross (1949-August 31, 2016)  Sandi was an actor, activist and force of nature. She was an early leading champion of diversity on stage and screen; an untiring […]

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Fundraising’s shifting sands

by Jini Stolk The Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Nonprofit Driven 2016 conference revealed an unexpectedly forceful consensus. It’s time for both government and non-government funders to move to trust-based grantmaking. Vu Le’s description  of a gradual shift to “a default starting relationship between funders and nonprofits (that) is one of suspicion” is as recognizable here as […]

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Merry and bright

by Jini Stolk Simone Joyaux makes a strong case for abandoning frenzied year-end fundraising in favour of a carefully planned 12-month strategy involving your whole organization (although read carefully for some excellent end of year tactics.) However, I know and you know that my real and virtual mailboxes are going to be flooded with holiday […]

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Regaining control

by Jini Stolk I don’t know about you, but I’ve been truly distressed by the political situation in the country below ours. Or maybe my spirits are low because of the changing of the seasons. Anyway, it’s time to pull myself together and stop watching CNN (forever); purchase an insulated jacket from MEC (available in […]

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People first

by Jini Stolk Those of us in the arts don’t need to be reminded that our most important resources are people: those who create the art, support the art, and engage in the art. But our work can be so intense that I think we sometimes forget to care for ourselves and each other. That’s […]

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Boards embracing fiscal oversight…

by Jini Stolk Or so we sincerely hope. A Fine Balance: An Arts Board’s Role in Financial Oversight and Responsibility on June 13 was another sold-out event from the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Creative Champions Network. Extremely wise words from keynote speaker Lois Fine (Director of Finance and Information Technology at YWCA Toronto and a playwright, […]

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All about me

by Jini Stolk I’ve been finding out some interesting things about myself recently. (No: not that I sometimes need a few weeks’ break from writing blog posts; even more interesting than that.) First of all, my “innovation style” is that of a meerkat – collaborative, interested and solution- focused. I and other meerkats “know that having […]

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A space of one’s own

by Jini Stolk Art needs space and space needs art. Duncan Webb, ex-Torontonian, threw down the gauntlet a few years back in a blog post titled Message to Cultural Groups: Rent, Don’t Buy!  His arguments were as expected, and they’re not wrong: real estate is not a liquid asset; arts groups have trouble servicing debt; […]

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#TOArtsThanks

by Jini Stolk I’ve seen a lot of budgets over the years, but I’ve never seen one as positive for the arts as was recently unveiled in Ottawa. Simon Brault’s moving response on behalf of the Canada Council talked, with passion but not exaggeration, about a new chapter having been opened in the artistic and […]

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