Gilder Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Gilder Foundation supports dance organizations around the United States.

IP TAKE: Gilder does not provide information regarding its grant eligibility and requirements. Grantseekers should contact staff members for additional grantmaking information. However, the foundation does not appear to impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking.

PROFILE: After graduating Yale University, investment banker Richard Gilder worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street and later went on to cofound the investment firm Gilder Gagnon How & Company. Having been involved in philanthropy throughout his life, Richard Gilder established the Gilder Foundation in 1965. The Gilder Foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just two formal staff members. Though it lacks transparency restricting information about grantmaking strategies and deadlines, tax filings suggest an interest in education, historic preservation, visual arts, theater, dance and social services. As a result, it is unclear what strategies, if any, the foundation uses to choose dance applicants.

Grants range from $1,000 to $1 million foundation-wide; however, most dance grants fall into the $2,500 to $10,000 range. Past dance grantees include the National Dance Institute, Dancing Dreams and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

The Gilder Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Gilder Foundation, Inc.

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