A gift for a new arts district in Fayetteville by the Windgate Charitable Foundation—a funder primarily comprised of donations of Walmart stock—aligns with Alice Walton's vision of creating a regional arts hub.
With funders becoming increasingly concerned with the unraveling of our social fabric, we dig into a provocative gift exploring art's ability to foster empathy and "affect positive social change."
As funders accelerate efforts to boost racial equity across the arts sector, we chat with a former grantmaker who's now focused on driving faster change in this space.
Over half of ArtPlace America's 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund projects hail from rural communities. We dig into the drivers behind this development and its implications.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is doubling down on a costly bid to protect beleaguered Bay Area arts and cultural organizations from displacement. Is this a model for other cities and funders?
Five months after its launch, the fund, seeded with money from Gund's sale of Roy Lichtenstein's "Masterpiece," announced its first round of grants, with a surprising focus on literary organizations.
A new study looking at trends in corporate philanthropy suggests that the real-world positive impacts of investing in the arts is finally catching on across Fortune 500 companies.
With rents rising, artists fleeing, and techies keeping their checkbooks closed, a new Hewlett Foundation initiative is a vital lifeline to the region's arts ecosystem. Will it be enough to make an impact?
Puerto Rico's arts community operates in a "precarious position, even in the best of times." Now, as it struggles to survive, some prominent arts funders are stepping forward to help.
Two years after its pivot to combating inequality, recent developments find Ford working to empower artist activists and expanding professional support for immigrant artists.
We take a look at the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and where its funding has been landing lately in Tennessee.
The Terra Foundation for American Art is a unique funder known for bringing visual arts from U.S. artists to national and international audiences. But what about Terra’s hometown of Chicago?
While deep federal cuts in arts funding have yet to materialize, the screws have already tightened in many cites and states—in some cases, spurring foundations to step forward in a major way.
Funding trends in Wilmington, Delaware, provide a sobering reminder to arts organizations everywhere: It's not just government funders that are in retreat.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has lately been a leader on arts funding to advance social change. We talk to the foundation's Risë Wilson about how criminal justice moved front and center in this work.
While Gordon Getty's giving typically focuses on the music organizations, a recent donation finds him supporting his alma mater. What makes this donor tick?
More campus funders looking to make a low-risk, high-reward investment are turning to that tried and true nexus point for community engagement: the university arts center.
In an arts philanthropy climate where funding tends to flow to urban areas, we speak with Peter Finn, whose Catskill Mountain Foundation has been revitalizing rural communities through the arts since 1998.
Recent gives find the foundation expanding its footprint in and beyond Southern California with an eye towards collaborations that drive social change.
Recent activity from ArtPlace America and Kresge suggests an increased attention to rural communities and a heightened awareness of gentrification concerns in urban areas.
With public funding for the arts under fire, some foundations are keen to make a case for the arts as a shared value across the entire population and not a privilege of coastal elites.
Arts organizations' efforts to make inroads with the business community get a boost from a study arguing that engagement can improve employee performance and retention.
When a 126-year-old institution like Carnegie Hall partners with an L.A.-based social justice group on an initiative focused on the "intersection of arts and youth justice," the grant money flows.
Funders are pushing small arts organizations to boost operational effectiveness in an increasingly uncertain funding climate. We dig into a particularly timely case study out of Chicago.
What’s more interesting than the numbers is the types of arts groups that are getting Pew’s support in Philadelphia. Here are a few themes that have emerged as growing priorities.
Conventional wisdom suggests national funders are stepping away from "legacy" institutions in favor of nimbler, more socially focused upstarts. Recent news out of New York shows otherwise.
Imminent NEA cuts. A lack of support for individual artists. Shifts in grantmaking trends. We survey the arts philanthropy landscape with Bridgitt Evans, founder of VIA Art Fund.
The Orton Family Foundation believes that a "humanities-based approach" to community planning focused on "story-gathering" leads to more engaged citizens and improved social interactions.
Since establishing Crystal Bridges, Alice Walton (who's worth $37 billion) has shown signs of larger ambitions for her arts giving. Now her deep-pocketed museum is getting behind arts education.