06/20/2009 - After months of dogged staff- and salary-trimming to keep his operation afloat, Settlement Music School executive director Robert Capanna has a fresh perspective on the funding game.
"A $200,000 grant doesn't make or break you," said Capanna, who took a 10 percent salary cut in April, during his 27th year on the job. "But by the time you get to the fourth or fifth $200,000 grant, it becomes pretty important."
Thank heavens, then, for The Pew Charitable Trusts, which announced Thursday that it would give more than $3 million in grant money to Settlement and 17 other area organizations as part of its Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program (PCLP). Nearly 20 percent of the funds - $600,000 - will go to Settlement, the largest beneficiary in this cycle.
Pew also renewed its $4.7 million grant to the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative (PCMI), which offers regional arts and cultural groups services ranging from direct financial support to training workshops on management and fund-raising.
"Each of these organizations in their own way is impressive," said Gregory Rowe, Pew's director of culture initiatives. "It really reflects the amazing diversity of work that goes on here."
Read the full article Settlement Tops List of Grant Recipients on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Web site.