The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) is a service organization that represents the interests of its 400 member organizations, which include arts, culture, and heritage organizations in the Philadelphia area. One of the largest and most successful organizations of its kind in the country, GPCA is a powerful advocate for the cultural community—a leader in the use of research data to show the impact of culture on our community and a provider of critical services. The Center has supported GPCA through grants that have increased the financial administration capacity of the organization and the effectiveness of its grassroots outreach programs.
One of the country's most active and influential regional arts service organizations, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) conducts a wide range of programs ranging from advocacy to professional development to re-granting initiatives. In order to better support the financial analysis and reporting required by this mix of activities, GPCA received support toward a new full-time position of controller. The controller reported to the chief operating officer (COO) and managed finance, accounting, and human resources administration and compliance for the GPCA. The position enhanced financial systems, controls, and reporting that informed and support all areas of the GPCA's work, including policy, marketing, membership, development, grant making, and human resources. Having established these new systems, the controller position was subsequently upgraded to a vice president of finance and administration position. [fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.[/fn]