This blog post looks at Dr. Francie Ostrower's $3.5M grant as part of the trend towards increased performance measurement by philanthropic organizations in the arts.
RGK Center in the News
Meet the Woman Who Will Track the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative
Texas Researcher Gets $3.5M To Study How Arts Groups Attract Fans
Operas, ballet groups and theater companies are finding it’s getting harder to keep audiences engaged. David Brown at the Texas Standard interviewed Dr. Francie Ostrower to discuss her new study, funded by The Wallace Foundation, which aims to find out what works — and what doesn’t.
APD wants to hire 400 officers in an effort to change policing strategy
Emboldened by recent findings from the Restore Rundberg UT research team demonstrating the effectiveness of community policing efforts, the Austin Police Department is asking city council to fund the hiring of 400 additional police officers. The increase in staff would allow for a renewed strategy that focuses on developing relationships with area business owners and residents to gather feedback and address safety concerns as they arise. Watch news clip >
UT’s Francie Ostrower Snags $3.5 Million to Study Arts Engagement
Dr. Francie Ostrower spoke with the Alcalde about a $3.5M Wallace Foundation research grant she received as part of the foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative.
Professor aims to expand art audiences with $3.5 million Wallace Foundation grant
The six-year study will examine efforts underway with 26 performing arts organizations — in dance, music, opera, theater and multidisciplinary performing arts — to implement strategies for engaging and sustaining new audiences while retaining existing ones. Read more >
UT gets $3.5M grant to help Austin arts groups grow revenue
This article emphasizes the importance of Dr. Francie Ostrower's research given the budgetary issues faced by many Austin arts organizations.
Neighbors walk for change in crime-ridden neighborhood
RGK Center Restore Rundberg researchers provide context in this KVUE article about weekly neighborhood walks to foster community and reduce illegal activity.
Persuading Americans to act on climate change
In this article, RGK Center Associate Professor Joshua Busby and co-author Bethany Albertson draw attention to the appeals that best persuade the U.S. public on climate change. Using an experimental design, Drs. Busby and Albertson assessed a diverse sample of 330 participants on their responses to four different appeals. The experiment yielded some surprising results particularly with regard to the impact that varying degrees of climate change knowledge had on participant response to the persuasive messaging.
Photography project works to give voice to students in Rundberg neighborhood
Angela Baucom and Shubhada Saxena, graduate students in the RGK Center’s Portfolio in Nonprofit Studies, are featured in a Daily Texan article about a Restore Rundberg afterschool program at Dobie Middle School.
Social Entrepreneurship Gives New Opportunity For College Graduates And Teachers Alike
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge, created in 2007 at the RGK Center, is described as part of a larger trend towards socially-conscious career choices among recent college graduates. Read full article.
Meet the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winners
Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg presents at 2013 Texas Volunteer Management Conference
Dr. Rehnborg’s session, Frameworks for Management, examined two tools for engagement within organizations and the broader community at large. She also presented an Advanced Workshop entitled Understanding and Navigating Conflict in the Workplace. The conference is designed to provide broad based, affordable training for professional volunteer managers in Texas and nearby states. Learn more.
MOCA's board: Deep pockets aren't a cure-all
The wealthy group with five billionaires couldn't prevent the museum's budget from being cut or keep the forced resignation of Paul Schimmel from erupting in controversy. Read full article >
RGK Center Releases Statewide Evaluation for AmeriCorps*Texas
From 2009-2012, OneStar contracted with the RGK Center to develop and implement a rigorous, scientifically-based independent evaluation of the AmeriCorps*Texas portfolio. Download the report and summary on the OneStar Foundation website >
Let's Stop Overlooking Systems Innovations
Suzi Sosa looks at the emerging systems innovation trend in a new Forbes.com post. Read the article >
For the First Time in its History, the National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grants for Arts Research
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Francie Ostrower a grant through The University of Texas at Austin for her study: "Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact." Learn more >
Nonprofit Management Graduate Program Rankings
In nonprofit management programs, students learn how fundraising, effective leadership, and financial management can improve a nonprofit organization. These are the best public affairs schools for the nonprofit management specialty. LBJ School ranked 8th in nation >
Suzi Sosa: Changing the world, forging the next generation of entrepreneurship
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Philanthropist Ronya Kozmetsky dies at 90
Ronya Kozmetsky, who contributed millions to a philanthrophic center in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, died Tuesday at the age of 90. Read more >
Ronya Kozmetsky, Renowned Philanthropist and Founder of the RGK Center, Dies at Age 90
Philanthropist, educator and feminist Ronya Kozmetsky dies at 90
Ronya Kozmetsky, a renowned Austin philanthropist, educator and feminist, died Tuesday. She was 90. Read more >
The Divided Way
As the United Way looks to transform itself from a simple fundraiser into an 'agent of change,' some social service agencies say it is leaving them behind. Read the article >
Cultural Construction Slowdown
The cultural construction boom in North America has slowed. Is this merely a lull in a continuing trend? Or are we seeing the last gasp of major performing-arts-center construction for a while? Many of the cities that wanted better halls have completed them. And reports of economic distress among these new venues—which prompted the University of Chicago to study cultural infrastructure in the U.S.—have caused other communities to think twice before jumping on the bandwagon. Read the article >