With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?
With housing costs rising, long-term urban residents often perceive artists as the first wave of gentrification that will eventually displace them. How are arts funders and nonprofits trying to navigate this highly charged environment?
Fundraisers have stepped up efforts to show how the arts can drive meaningful social impacts in an effort to engage key groups of donors. A new tool backed by the Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust provides compelling evidence to help them make the case.
Over three decades into his career as an arts patron, Herb Alpert has carved out a unique, prescient, and often contrarian brand of giving. We check in with the acclaimed musician and record producer on his recent big donation and what lies ahead.
There’s a growing graveyard of now-defunct Jewish culture organizations which have died for want of sustaining financial support. Jewish arts leaders say their field is in terminal decline as philanthropists shift their attention to other causes.
Engaging younger philanthropists in arts giving is an urgent imperative for a sector battered by cuts in public funding. The Art Funders Forum, created last year, is exploring this challenge. What has it learned so far about wooing emerging donors?
Thanks in part to donor dollars, Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, now has America’s most exciting arts scene. One overlooked driver of the city’s arts boom is alumni support for the arts at universities across the region, including Pomona College.
Buoyed by a surging global art market, artist-endowed foundations have ramped up grantmaking across the past five years and reshaped the arts funding landscape in the process. A new study documents the full extent of the field’s expansion.
With new evidence tying the Sackler family to the deadly opioid epidemic, pressure is growing on recipients of Sackler gifts to repudiate the family and return money derived from an empire of addiction. Museums, for the time being, have yet to do so. Why?
In a little over a decade, Miami has developed one of the country's most vibrant arts ecosystems. We take a closer look at the two funders most responsible for its rapid ascent: the Knight Foundation and real estate developer Jorge M. Pérez.
An expensive new arts center in an affluent and culturally saturated Manhattan neighborhood may seem like a tough sell for donors increasingly focused on issues like equity and socially engaged art. So why has The Shed raised staggering amounts of money?
Using the arts to drive equitable community development has been both a promising and frustrating proposition ever since it started gaining traction among funders roughly a decade ago. We check in on how a key leader in this space, the Kresge Foundation, sees the field evolving.
Decades of boom times haven’t just created piles of wealth in the Acela Corridor and on the West Coast. Many big fortunes have also emerged from “old economy” industries in the heartland. A recent gift in Madison, Wisconsin shows how these riches are bolstering local cultural life.
Even as other priorities clamor for attention, big city foundations have stuck with funding for the arts. A case in point is the William Penn Foundation, which aims to increase access to high-quality artistic and cultural experiences across Philadelphia.
The Art for Justice Fund was launched last year to help end mass incarceration and has already given away $40 million. We take a closer look at the fund's model against a backdrop of fast-moving political developments.
Ohio helped swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature there. But the Gordon Gund Foundation keeps working against the tide to advance a progressive agenda.
With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.
Northern California Grantmakers recently released a report that explores the physical and economic health of North Bay arts groups in the wake of last year’s wildfires. We take a look at how donors can help and why they should.
The Chicago Community Trust recently selected 30 nonprofits to receive multifaceted support to strengthen management practices, along with a combined $3 million over four years. We explore this unique program.
With artists all across the country facing rising rents and scarce financial support, a Bay Area foundation lays down the gauntlet, arguing that the sector “can no longer continue to persist on the unpaid labor of the workforce that is core to its existence."
Public art has been drawing growing attention from funders, who see multiple dividends from backing such installations. We take a look at where this field—and its leading supporter—may be heading next.
Creative placemaking is popular among funders but raises tricky questions about equitable development and evaluation. A new white paper from the Kresge Foundation spells out ways to move this field forward.
We sort through the biggest controversy yet over the problem of tainted donations. How should nonprofits view gifts, past and present, from a family accused of propagating the opioid crisis?
Mellon is the mothership funder for the arts, humanities, and higher education, with annual grantmaking of $300 million a year. Where will its new leader take this critical foundation?
Helena Huang, project director for the Art for Justice Fund, talks about how the fund’s latest round of grantmaking supports its goal of changing public policy to safely reduce the U.S. prison population.
What does it mean to operationalize the value of love in grantmaking? Two funders reflect on their attempt to do exactly that at ArtPlace America, a 10-year collaboration to advance creative placemaking.
The Eugene M. Lang Foundation has been around for more than a half-century. Recently, it made a big grant to give teenagers in New York City access to artistic training and career prep support.
As a tireless funder of beleaguered small organizations, the Andy Warhol Foundation's latest funding cycle provides critical support while navigating the intersection of art and social issues.
Dinosaurs out of step with the times? Maybe not. News out of New York suggests that funders focused on justice-oriented giving are finding a lot to like in established "legacy" arts institutions.
Whether embracing public art or measuring impact, Bloomberg Philanthropies has been at the forefront of some of arts philanthropy's hottest trends. We check in with Kate D. Levin, who oversees its arts program.