Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Partnerships

New Citizens, Sports & Belonging

While not related to the arts, this report is an interesting example of research into new citizens’ participation in Canadian life, in the world of sports. The report is based on a survey of 4,157 new citizens residing in urban areas who have participated “in the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program”, focus groups in eight Canadian cities, and a literature review of sports organizations’ focus on immigration and diversity.

Executive Summary

Based on a 2012 survey of 180 community investment professionals working in Canadian businesses, this report examines how businesses support community initiatives. The survey found that the four most common types of community investments are “contributing money to community organizations; providing contributions through sponsorships or marketing activities; providing in-kind resources, services and goods; and supporting employee volunteering programs”.

A summary of findings from the Canada Survey of Business Contributions to Community

Based on a survey of 1,500 businesses, this fact sheet highlights select findings regarding the corporate community investment practices of all responding businesses as well as a breakout of 93 larger corporations (revenues over $25 million). The survey found that 76% of all businesses provided funding to not-for-profit organizations. Almost all large corporations (97%) did so. The broader business community gave a slightly larger percentage of their pre-tax profits (1.25%) than large corporations (1%).

Findings from the Canada Survey of Business Contributions to Community (presentation)

Based on the same survey of the community investment practices of 1,500 businesses as other reports from Imagine Canada, this presentation provides detailed findings regarding corporate community investment practices, motivations, and challenges. Regarding business views of not-for-profit organizations, the survey found that 73% of all businesses agree that “charities and nonprofits generally improve the quality of life in Canada”.

Further findings from the Canada Survey of Business Contributions to Community

Based on the same survey of the community investment practices of 1,500 businesses as other reports from Imagine Canada, this report examines which industry sectors tend to provide different types of support. The goal of this information is to help not-for-profit organizations “tailor their corporate fundraising to the sectors that are most likely to be responsive to their specific needs”.

This report examines examples of "collaboration and coordination among the different providers and influencers of arts education" in six large American cities. The report argues that a context of "pervasive neglect of arts education" in American schools has led to highly uneven access to arts education.
A Guide for the Arts: How to Approach a Potential Business Sponsor
Designed for arts organizations, this brief guide to business partnerships outlines partnership benefits for businesses, how to find business partners, and key messages to convey.
Based on interviews with participants in 28 partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations in nine American communities as well as survey data from five communities, this report examines the potential for such partnerships to accomplish both artistic and community-service goals.
This report uses interviews with organizations involved in 10 foundation-funded partnerships to examine how partnerships between large and small cultural organizations "can be a useful tool for building cultural participation" and can help organizations "move into new worlds" by expanding their networks, horizons, capacities, and audiences.
This Canadian research, based on interviews with over 50 people involved in "non-traditional" collaborations, provides a profile of these collaborations in order to understand how such partnerships may help performing arts organizations enhance their public profile, increase diversity, develop audiences, and strengthen financial resources.