Legacy: A Late Donor Helps an Art Museum Drill Deeper Into a Unique Niche

Legacy: A Late Donor Helps an Art Museum Drill Deeper Into a Unique Niche

Why is the world’s preeminent center dedicated to the work of Henri Matisse slated to open in Maryland and not the artist’s native France? The answer involves a steadfast patron and her foundation’s gift to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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A Campus Gift to Boost Women in the Arts is a Big Deal for a Small School

A Campus Gift to Boost Women in the Arts is a Big Deal for a Small School

Universities haven’t done enough to recruit and support women with an interest in art and design, particularly those from modest economic backgrounds. With a major gift, a billionaire couple is helping a school in Philadelphia expand access.

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Trust Their Visions: Creative Capital’s Suzy Delvalle on Supporting the “Art of the Future”

Trust Their Visions: Creative Capital’s Suzy Delvalle on Supporting the “Art of the Future”

Creative Capital’s president talks with Inside Philanthropy about pressing challenges facing artists in an uncertain funding climate, recent changes in its grantmaking, and its overarching philosophy to “follow where the artists lead us."

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Almost There: Key Takeaways from a Museum’s Successful Capital Campaign

Almost There: Key Takeaways from a Museum’s Successful Capital Campaign

Once considered the "scrappiest sibling in the bursting family of contemporary art museums in New York City," the New Museum embarked on an ambitious $89 million capital campaign in 2016. Here’s why that effort has been a success.

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No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

While fundraisers are increasingly concentrating their efforts on younger and more impact-focused donors, they shouldn’t discount the emotional power of classical music and the giving power of “old world” patrons. For proof, we turn to a big recent gift.

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The Walton Family Foundation’s Latest Move to Boost Access to the Arts is Part of a Grand Plan

The Walton Family Foundation’s Latest Move to Boost Access to the Arts is Part of a Grand Plan

The creation of a new organization tasked with supporting Northwest Arkansas’ growing arts ecosystem represents the latest phase in Alice Walton and her family’s plans to make their home region into a cultural hotspot.

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With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.

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“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?

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Sparking Something Bigger: A Donor’s Big Bet on Dance Education is Starting to Pay Dividends

Sparking Something Bigger: A Donor’s Big Bet on Dance Education is Starting to Pay Dividends

With a second big gift in less than three years, Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband John have carved out a distinctive and impactful philanthropic brand around dance education—a niche largely devoid of big-ticket patrons.

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“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

The Farash Fellowship made its debut last year, offering serious cash and underwritten by a relatively young foundation with sizable assets and a major focus on Jewish causes. Who are the winners so far and what’s been the impact?

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With a Growing Stream of Grants, This Stalwart Arts Funder Helps Offset Ominous Trends

With a Growing Stream of Grants, This Stalwart Arts Funder Helps Offset Ominous Trends

Many dance and theater groups continue to grapple with lower box office yields, a shrinking subscriber base, fickle millennials, and declines in public funding. The Schubert Foundation is one of the best friends these nonprofits have.

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Displacement Fears: Arts Funders and the Dilemma of Urban Gentrification

Displacement Fears: Arts Funders and the Dilemma of Urban Gentrification

With housing costs rising, long-term urban residents often perceive artists as the first wave of gentrification that will eventually displace them. How are arts funders and nonprofits trying to navigate this highly charged environment?

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"Changing Attitudes." A New Tool Links the Arts to Measurable Social Impacts

"Changing Attitudes." A New Tool Links the Arts to Measurable Social Impacts

Fundraisers have stepped up efforts to show how the arts can drive meaningful social impacts in an effort to engage key groups of donors. A new tool backed by the Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust provides compelling evidence to help them make the case.

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