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Pensions and retirement

July 18, 2010 by

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Lately I've been thinking about pension funds. (This is partly due to examining the art buying efforts of the British Rail Pension Fund in my research.) There was an interesting article by Lowenstein about why US municipalities are being hamstrung by high pension obligations in the New York Times (here), with quite critical letters pointing out that in the case of teachers, they were trading lower salaries for higher pensions later, and that states and municipalities had been essentially shorting their pension funds, contributing less than they should have due to... let us say overly optimistic assumptions about investment returns (letters here). So this has gotten me thinking about the situation for nonprofits, particularly in the arts.

Some More Thoughts on Innovation

July 6, 2010 by

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Innovation is a buzzword. It has been for quite some time. Let’s face it, we all want to believe that our organizations, or we as individuals, have a high capacity to innovate (and for the sake of humanity, let’s hope we do,) but let me pose a rhetorical question here: is it safe to say […]

Social Innovation Fund: Why I can’t get excited yet

June 16, 2010 by

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Perhaps it’s the curse of becoming an academic that I am constantly questioning both if things will work as they intended and/or how we actually measure that? I like many others have been closely following the unveiling of the Social Innovation Fund under Obama’s Administration, not only watching ‘who’ is advocating and supporting this Fund, […]

Organizational Boundaries: Where are they?

June 8, 2010 by

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I have been reading about organizational structure of higher education organizations as part of the background reading for a paper I am working on and it got me thinking about organizational boundaries and how it relates to the key players involved in organizations. When thinking about for-profit businesses there are three key constituencies which come […]

Can we think of art investment as socially responsible investment?

March 10, 2010 by

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When conducting my research on the use of artwork as a financial investment, I came across some interesting justifications for investing in art from some of the finance-side interviewees. In addition to the typical comments about portfolio diversification, some people, along with some of the background readings, suggested that we could envision art as a […]

Introduction: Sondra Barringer

January 15, 2010 by

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Hello everyone, welcome to our venture into the blogging world. My name is Sondra Barringer and I am currently a fourth year student in the Sociology Department at the University of Arizona, working on my doctoral dissertation. My fellow bloggers and I had the pleasure of meeting at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community […]

Introduction: John Ronquillo

January 8, 2010 by

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Hi all. Welcome to our new online venture. As you can expect, with all of us being PhD students, we have quite a bit on our plates and updates are surely forthcoming. My name is John Ronquillo and I am in my third year at the University of Georgia where I’m a doctoral candidate in […]

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