American Express: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: American Express supports visual arts organizations across the United States, but prioritizes grantmaking to six U.S. locations.

IP TAKE: While not stated, this funder’s visual arts grants tend to support museums and museum organizations. 

PROFILE: Global financial services company American Express conducts its philanthropic work through the American Express Corporate Social Responsibility program, which seeks to "bring to life the American Express value of good corporate citizenship by supporting communities in ways that enhance the company's reputation with employees, customers, business partners and other stakeholders."  The program awards grants in the three major program areas of Leadership, Historic Preservation, and Community Service.

While the company does not mention the visual arts as a main area of giving focus, it supports cultural organizations across the U.S. American Express awards visual arts-related grants through all three of the major program areas. For example, it awarded a grant to the Utah Arts Festival Foundation through the foundation’s Community Service program. It has also supported the Lower East Side Tenement Museum through its Historic Preservation program. To learn more about American Express grantees, explore its most recent grants list.

American Express grants range from $5,000 to $1.5 million. Most grants however, typically fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range. American Express supports both small and large organizations. Past grantees include the American Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Artspace Projects. 

American Express accepts unsolicited grant applications from eligible organizations on a rolling basis. While it awards grants to organizations located across the United States, it gives grantmaking priority to the following U.S. and global locations.

PEOPLE:

  • Timothy J. McClimon, President
  • Mike O’Neil, Chairman
  • Kenneth Chenault, Trustee
  • Edward Gilligan, Trustee

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