OVERVIEW: Ameriprise Financial is committed to grant making that creates positive change in communities across the U.S. This includes not only meeting basic needs, but also supporting “community vitality," and that's where the dance grants fit in.
IP TAKE: Ameriprise Financial’s philanthropic giving focuses on opportunities to support and improve U.S. communities. Performing arts, including dance, is a well-regarded aspect of this giving because of the importance the corporation places on cultural enrichment, and creating vibrant, thriving communities.
PROFILE: Ameriprise Financial, the U.S. financial services company, steers its philanthropic giving in a manner similar to many other corporate entities: it seeks to give back where it stations itself, or as it states on its website, “where we live and work." If you’re looking for a grant from Ameriprise Financial, your best bet is to create dance performance experiences within 30 miles of Boston, Chicago, Green Bay (WI), Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland (OR), or Providence (RI). If you’re not in one of those geographic zones, it doesn’t exclude you (see some recent theater grants below), but it does make it all the more critical to make sure you’re hitting the bulls-eye with Ameriprise Financial’s arts-giving mission.
As for that mission, this is a corporation that views the arts as an integral aspect of bettering a community, and has two principle areas of focus for that community betterment: Meeting Basic Needs and Supporting Community Vitality. Ameriprise Financial further breaks down Community Vitality into two program areas: Community Development and Cultural Enrichment. Within Cultural Enrichment—which of course is where dance resides—Ameriprise Financial's priorities are:
- Arts education
- Access for underserved populations
- Diverse artists and performances that spark topical community conversations
Some dance programs receiving Ameriprise Financial grants in the recent past include Ballet Metropolitan (Columbus, OH), Ballet Works (Minneapolis), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (New York), and the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (Minneapolis). Ameriprise does not support performances, festivals, exhibits, or individual artists.
An extra tip: if you’re actively engaging Ameriprise employees as volunteers in your project, you’re better positioned to receive funding from Ameriprise Financial.
So give Ameriprise Financial employees comp tickets to your next dance performance experience in order to introduce yourself, and put its grant application deadlines on your calendar: mid-January and mid-May of each year. You can contact Ameriprise with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deidre D. McGraw, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Corporate Communication and Community Relations.