Lane Alexander of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project points out that yesterday’s post contained a misinterpretation of the article in Performink to which the post was a response. Though the Performink article stated, "CHRP has received corporate sponsorship from Target for nearly 10 years and, Alexander said, Target invests millions. Those logos on programs are backed by real dollars," CHRP does not receive millions from Target. Mr. Alexander was referring to the amount the corporation gives nationwide to arts groups each year. The Nonprofiteer regrets the error.
Mr. Alexander also notes that he took no position on the living wage/big box ordinance but merely argued that discussion of the ordinance should include acknowledgement of corporate charitable support to the arts. The arts have an important role in the community and corporate contributions are part of the ecosystem that sustains them, says Mr. Alexander. He would say the same about any public policy affecting arts supporter Commonwealth Edison, though ComEd doesn’t fund CHRP: legislation and regulation affecting corporations that fund the arts will affect their arts-group beneficiaries, and that impact should be part of the debate. The Nonprofiteer agrees.
What remains is an essential disagreement between Mr. Alexander and the Nonprofiteer over the proper role of corporate money in nonprofits in general and the arts community in particular, and the impact of that money on the healthy independence of its recipients.
Let the discussion continue.