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December 2007


the latest from
Suite 603

 


December 19, 2007

Home for the Holidays


 

On the image below, clockwise from top left: what the Byrne-Reed House, the home of Humanities Texas, will look like; greens on the banister of the West Virginia Humanities Council's MacFarland-Hubbard House; Minnesota Humanities Center; WVHC's MacFarland-Hubbard House; Vermont Humanities Council; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; and the Maine Humanities Council.

 what the Byrne-Reed House, the home of Humanities Texas, will look like; greens on the banister of the West Virginia Humanities Council's MacFarland-Hubbard House; Minnesota Humanities Center; WVHC's MacFarland-Hubbard House; Vermont Humanities Council; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; and the Maine Humanities Council.
Buildings owned by state humanities councils and supported by Challenge Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Humanities Texas Awarded $1M Challenge Grant

No Partridge in This Pear Tree
Happy Holidays from ...

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This website is a resource for executives, boards, and staff of
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Humanities Texas Awarded $1M Challenge Grant

The Bryne-Reed House in its present state.
The Bryne-Reed House in its present state.

NEH press release

WASHINGTON (December 11, 2007)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced Humanities Texas as the recipient of a $1,000,000 Challenge Grant to help fund restoration of its new headquarters, the Byrne-Reed House, in downtown Austin. The restoration will recapture the architectural spirit of the century-old brick mansion, which is currently sheathed in a white stucco façade. Humanities Texas is one of 56 affiliate state humanities councils of the NEH.

Restoration will provide a historically rich location in which Humanities Texas can host programs and events. The state council also plans to use the restoration process as an educational opportunity. Humanities Texas hopes to work with historic preservation students at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and with organizations such as the Heritage Society of Austin, to organize educational workshops for students and the general public on the different phases of the renovation.

“With the restoration of the Byrne-Reed House, Humanities Texas will inhabit a new facility; one that preserves a cultural snapshot of the past while expanding its ability to offer innovative humanities programming well into the future,” said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “It will promote scholarship and the humanities in the capital, while engaging citizens, students, and scholars throughout Texas.”

Humanities Texas made the Byrne-Reed House its headquarters in 2006. The house is centrally located within an expanding cultural district that encompasses the Capitol building and the Texas State Library and Archives to the east; The University of Texas campus, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to the north; and the vibrant arts community in downtown Austin to the south.

“We deeply appreciate National Endowment for the Humanities’ tremendous investment in our state,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Texans will now have a unique opportunity to show how much we value our heritage and culture. Once Humanities Texas has restored this hidden landmark, the Byrne-Reed House will become an important venue for exhibits, lectures, teacher workshops, and many other public programs.”

NEH challenge grants strengthen the humanities by encouraging non-federal sources of support. Challenge grant recipients are required to match NEH funds on a three-to-one or four-to-one basis, helping institutions and organizations secure long-term support for, and improvements in, their humanities programs and resources. Humanities Texas has already obtained more than $1,150,000 in pledges toward the match required. For more information on Humanities Texas, visit www.humanitiestexas.org, or for a video presentation on the Byrne-Reed House, visit www.humanitiestexas.org/about/building/byrnereed.mov.

No Partridge in This Pear Tree

... but here's a partridge anyway.
... but here's a partridge anyway.

Federal/State Partnership is delighted to pass on to you the holiday greetings just received from CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. You can review it after the holidays on the Federal/State Partnership website.

The Twelve Board Cafe Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my board gave to me: A simple, sound conflict-of-interest policy for all board members and staff to sign.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my board gave to me: A fun and thought-provoking list of Myths and Urban Legends About Nonprofits.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, our executive director gave to me and everyone on the Finance Committee, an article on the board's role with the budget.

On the 4th day of Christmas, I gave to the Nominating Committee: Five Fast Ways to Recruit New Board Members.

On the 5th day of Christmas, I was glad to read Proposed Diversity Principles for nonprofit boards.

On the 6th day of Christmas, the board president got from me: Organizing the board to support the revenue strategy.

On the 7th day of Christmas, the board president gave to me, How to Raise Money in 30 Days, "just in case our financial situation gets a lot worse."

On the 8th day of Christmas, I got "How Much to Pay Your Executive Director" from the Board Cafe website as I wondered about what my committee should recommend to the full board.

On the 9th day of Christmas, I forwarded this issue of the Board Cafe to nine friends and urged them to subscribe (free) to the Board Café.

On the 10th day of Christmas, our board president gave to all of us: Ten Ways to Improve Board Meetings

On the 11th day of Christmas, our executive director got from me: the Best of the Board Café, which has all these articles and more ...

And on the 12th day of Christmas, I had another cup of coffee, and I rested!

Happy Holidays from ...

Our home at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Our home at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Edie, Dwan, Kathleen, and Shirley

All the very best for 2008!


FEDERAL/STATE PARTNERSHIP
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director
202.606.8257
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
202.606.8302
Shirley Newman, program assistant
202.606.8254
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
202.606.8266

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