Hopefully on Steadier Ground, iFest Turns a Corner

iFest's Kim Stoilis at the launch party announcing Australia as 2014's spotlight country
According to the Web site charitynavigator.org, which evaluates nonprofits for potential donors looking to invest, the Houston Festival Foundation scored slightly better than average marks, with 37 out of 70 for its financials and 40 out of 70 for Accountability & Transparency. (2012 is the most recent year figures were available.) But Stoilis says the festival has made some big strides towards stability even since then.

Besides the drain on the budget exacted by the parade, she says staff has been able to redirect all the time it would have been taken up, which led to what Stoilis calls "our head chasing our tail," into iFest's education programs and community outreach with programs like Young Audiences. The foundation's backers have been pleased, she notes.

"Absolutely to a T, every one of them has been fully supportive," Stoilis says. "They didn't understand why we were producing the parade anyway, and they supported us 100 percent. They felt like it was a very good decision."

Stoilis is also expecting the improvements to Sam Houston Park to make a huge difference this year.

"On top of everything else, we produced a festival in a war zone," she says. "I remember I had a meeting last year with the Texas Festival & Events Association, and it was in one of the buildings around the festival. We were on a high floor, and it truly looked like it had been bombed out, and there was a festival in the middle of it. So this year, Sam Houston's beautiful."

iFest returns to downtown Houston Saturday and Sunday. See ifest.org for ticket information and artist schedules; gates open at 10 a.m.


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