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Nonprofit news roundup June 16, 2009

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Museum visits decline, studies say

Field trips to arts museums fell to 16 percent in 2009 from 22 percent in 1997, according to a study of nearly 4,000 eighth-grade students by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, while the percentage of adults choosing an art museum or visual arts festival as a leisure-time destination fell to 23 percent in 2008 from 26 percent for 1992 through 2001, with big declines between 1982 and 2008 in almost every performing arts field, the Washington Post reported June 16 (see arts audience story).

Expansion of gambling at state facilities seen hurting charities

The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling says a proposal by the New Hampshire state Senate to put 13,000 video slot machines at the state’s existing horse and dog tracks and two other locations would undermine charitable gaming revenues, with many nonprofits saying the count heavily on gambling to fund their services, New Hampshire Public Radio reported June 15 (see charity gambling story).

Foundation funds program to curb relationship violence

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is funding 11 programs throughout the U.S. to curb relationship violence by reaching out to teens through art, workshops, support groups and mentoring programs, The New York Daily News reported June 16 (see relationship violence story).

Arts groups in New York City team up

Aiming to respond to the tough economy, 11 New York City arts groups have formed Lower Manhattan Arts Leaders, meeting weekly to plan strategy and share ideas about raising awareness among government policymakers and grantmaking foundations about the role arts groups play in local neighborhoods, The New York Times reported June 10 (see arts groups story).

Harvard grads launch nonprofit to match students, alumni lenders

Unithrive, a nonprofit launched in May by three recent Harvard graduates who hope it can make it easier to pay for college, matches alumni and students, who post photos and biographical information and can ask for up to $2,000 in interest-free loans payable within five years of graduation, The New York Times reported June 12 (see student loans story).

University groups told to disclose contract with software firm

In the wake of a report by the alumni association at the University of North Dakota that a laptop belonging to an employee of fundraising software firm Blackbaud had been stolen from a vehicle, North Dakota’s attorney general says the school’s foundation and alumni association must make public a copy of their contract with the company, the Associated Press reported June 15 (see fundraising software story).

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