Philanthropy Chat: Janet Camarena Interviews John McGuirk of the James Irvine Foundation and Bobbie Lippman of the Pew Charitable Trusts
San Francisco, CA
March 12, 2008
For this edition of Philanthropy Chat, Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center-San Francisco, interviewed John McGuirk, program director for the arts at the James Irvine Foundation and Bobbie Lippman, senior officer for culture and director of the Cultural Data Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts. They discussed the new California Cultural Data Project, its impact on grantseeking and reporting for California arts and culture organizations, and other benefits to having a centralized, online data management system for arts organizations.
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Bobbie Lippman is senior program officer for Culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts and director of the Cultural Data Project (CDP), which is administered by Pew. The CDP is a web-based data collection, management, and reporting tool created to strengthen arts and cultural organizations, inform grantmaking strategies, and enhance cultural planning policies. To date, more than 1,300 organizations in three states, as well as 50 funders, use the Cultural Data Project. The Project expects up to 5,000 groups to participate by 2011. Bobbie joined Pew in 1999 and for several years worked with the Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program, an initiative that awards operating support to cultural organizations located in the Philadelphia region that demonstrate strong management, planning, and financial practices.
As the James Irvine Foundation's arts program director, John E. McGuirk oversees a grants budget of $20 million, the largest multi-discipline arts grantmaker in California. Prior to joining the Irvine Foundation, John served as program officer for Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and as director of grants programs for Arts Council Silicon Valley. He previously worked in arts administration for thirteen years in various marketing and development positions at the Community School of Music and Arts (Mountain View, CA), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Opera (Pittsburgh, PA).
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