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.
The Bay Area remains a leading test case of how funders can support the arts in an era of urban gentrification. A key player in this struggle, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, recently shifted its strategy.
There’s a shortage of funders that support individual artists. Doris Duke’s latest awards provide a critical example of what’s needed: no-strings-attached backing for a surprisingly overlooked demographic.
On World Refugee Day, we take a deep dive into the rising giving of Iranian-Americans, many of whom fled their country in the late 1970s to avoid political persecution.
One of the perennial challenges facing fundraisers at arts organizations is articulating the value of the arts experience. New research provides compelling talking points on this score.
With arts donors increasingly drawn to programs that advance social goals, we dig into a new initiative exploring how visual art, film, and dance can address mental health issues facing New Yorkers.
The Barr Foundation, a stalwart Boston funder, is helping arts groups to take more risks and engage in stronger civic leadership. What’s its plan for making the arts more “relevant?”
In 2011, Shelley Frost Rubin began laying the groundwork for one of art philanthropy's hottest funding areas with the formation of A Blade of Grass, which recently announced its 2018 fellows for Socially Engaged Art.
Mega-gifts to top L.A. institutions make headlines, but behind the scenes, smaller funders like the Michael Kelly Foundation for the Arts are backing work that questions "institutions and social structures."
With seed money from Agnes Gund’s Art for Change fund, a new fellowship positions the written word as an important way to help tackle issues related to mass incarceration.
The fast-growing creative placemaking field gets another boost from Kresge, which announced a new series of white papers to help practitioners integrate the arts and culture into community development.
A study of arts funding across the past 25 years reveals a mixed bag. While foundation support for the arts has declined, individual patrons have significantly stepped up giving. What does the future hold?
How can "activist art" compel viewers to actually, well, act? We dig into the place-based strategy employed by San Francisco-based curator and gallerist Cheryl Haines.
The Vilcek Prizes stand out by rewarding individuals for contributions in arts and sciences, but there’s an underlying celebration of cultural exchange and immigration. This year’s recipients drive that message home.