William Penn Foundation Names New Leader

The Board of Directors of the William Penn Foundation announced today that Peter J. Degnan, Vice Dean of Finance and Administration at the Wharton School will be the Foundation's new Managing Director as of March 3, 2014. Prior to his seven-year tenure as Vice Dean at Wharton, Mr. Degnan held two other positions at Wharton - Executive Director of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education (2005-2007) and Director of the MBA Career Management Office (2002-2005).

Dr. Page Talbott Appointed President and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Board of Councilors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) announced that Dr. Page Talbott has been appointed President of the Society, effective February 10, 2014. Dr. Talbott brings with her a deep understanding of and commitment to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, having been a longtime member of HSP's Board of Councilors and interim president and CEO since April 2013.

2013 Salary & Benefits Report

The 2013 Cultural Alliance Salary & Benefits Report is the first cultural compensation study in the Greater Philadelphia region in over a decade. Working with Gallagher Benefits Services, the Alliance surveyed 145 cultural nonprofits in the region, getting detailed information on compensation, benefits, and overall business confidence.

Five Things You Need to Know about Obamacare

On Tuesday October 15, White Pines Productions will present Jim Brown of The Actor’s Fund who will speak about the launch of the Affordable Care Act options for artists and performers. The Tuesday presentation will afford ample time for audience questions, but to get you started, here are some fun facts about the Obamacare.

September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and South Arts, developer of the ArtsReady online planning tool, has engaged hundreds of arts organizations to help them create customized readiness and continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Inquirer: Please Touch Museum Defaults on Debt

In an article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin reports that the Please Touch board approved a decision to stop making annual debt payments on the $60 million in bonds that it issued to fund its move to Memorial Hall. UPDATE: Please Touch Musuem has issued a statement.

Business Plan Boot Camp

Led by CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia and Elysian Fields Baseball, the Business Plan Boot Camp will launch October 2013. The workshop entails doing the planning (not just talking or learning about it) and participants will leave the program with a completed business plan in hand and access to three months of implementation support.

Salary Survey Exposes Lack of Diversity in Cultural Sector

John McInerney, the Cultural Alliance's Vice President of Marketing and Communications has a post up on Artsblog where he delves into AFTA's Local Arts Agencies Salaries, 2013 survey.

Saying Goodbye to Rick Lester of TRG Arts

Rick Lester, the Chief Executive Officer of TRG Arts, passed away on Saturday, July 20. He will be remembered fondly by the arts and culture community.

Fairmount4Free Initiative

Fairmount Ventures, Inc, is seeking to support a small, innovative nonprofit organization that benefits the Greater Philadelphia region by providing strategic consulting services in the areas of: strategic alignment, programmatic assessment, and resource development on a pro bono basis.

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