Gilder Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Gilder Foundation supports visual arts organizations around the country with strong support going to museums.

IP TAKE: Gilder lacks transparency, which limits information regarding its grant eligibility and requirements. Grantseekers should contact staff members for additional grantmaking information.

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. According to tax filings, the Gilder Foundation supports a wide range of causes including education, historic preservation, visual arts, theater, dance and social services. In the visual arts space, the majority of Gilder’s grants go to support museums.

Grants range from $1,000 to $1 million foundation-wide; however, most visual arts grants fall into the $1,000 to $50,000. Past visual arts grantees include the Museum of the City of New York, the American Museum of Natural History and the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston.

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


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Gilder Foundation, Inc.

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