David Geffen Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The David Geffen Foundation funds a range of visual arts organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Geffen typically awards unrestricted general operating support grants rather than project specific grants.

PROFILE: Founded by music executive and film producer David Geffen in 1986, the David Geffen Foundation focuses its grantmaking on people affected by HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, the arts, Jewish causes, and health care. Although the Geffen Foundation is a sizable organization, it lacks transparency, does not operate a website and employs just one formal staff member.

Geffen does not name any official grantmaking priorities; however, tax filings indicate a strong funding interest in the visual arts field. Past grantees in this space include the L.A. county Museum of Art and the National World War II Museum. While Geffen Foundation grants can go as high as $15 million, the majority of awards fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.

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


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The David Geffen Foundation

12011 San Vincente Blvd. Suite 606

Los Angeles, California 90049

(310) 581-5900