"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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“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

The Open Society Foundations launched its Soros Arts Fellowships last year to support the work of artists in repressive regimes. This year’s fellowship builds on this approach by focusing on an issue that’s deeply personal for OSF’s founder.

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"I Just Do What I Can." Herb Alpert Reflects On Over 30 Years of Arts Philanthropy

"I Just Do What I Can." Herb Alpert Reflects On Over 30 Years of Arts Philanthropy

Over three decades into his career as an arts patron, Herb Alpert has carved out a unique, prescient, and often contrarian brand of giving. We check in with the acclaimed musician and record producer on his recent big donation and what lies ahead.

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Behnke: A Family Foundation Evolves to Focus on Supporting Local Artists

Behnke: A Family Foundation Evolves to Focus on Supporting Local Artists

With deep ties to the Seattle area, the Behnke Foundation and the family behind it have evolved their grantmaking over more than half a century. Director Michelle McBride talks with us about the foundation’s evolution and its annual unrestricted artist award.

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"A Tool for Positive Social Change." A Funder Ups Support for Documentary Filmmaking

"A Tool for Positive Social Change." A Funder Ups Support for Documentary Filmmaking

Despite some recent progress, Hollywood has a long way to go on diversity. An expanded partnership between an L.A.-based art gallery and film school shows that funders aren’t waiting for the industry to take the lead in this area.

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As Funders Abandon Support for Jewish Arts and Culture, Nonprofits Are Closing

As Funders Abandon Support for Jewish Arts and Culture, Nonprofits Are Closing

There’s a growing graveyard of now-defunct Jewish culture organizations which have died for want of sustaining financial support. Jewish arts leaders say their field is in terminal decline as philanthropists shift their attention to other causes.

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With a Generation of New Donors Inheriting Trillions, How Can Nonprofits Boost Arts Giving?

With a Generation of New Donors Inheriting Trillions, How Can Nonprofits Boost Arts Giving?

Engaging younger philanthropists in arts giving is an urgent imperative for a sector battered by cuts in public funding. The Art Funders Forum, created last year, is exploring this challenge. What has it learned so far about wooing emerging donors?

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What a Foundation’s Backing for "Social Impact Theatre" Says About the Arts Funding World

What a Foundation’s Backing for "Social Impact Theatre" Says About the Arts Funding World

Funder interest in the intersection of art and social justice remains strong. A case in point is the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, which will soon make its first round of grants to back theater performances that “take on relevant social issues.”

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Domino Effect: Have Sackler Donations Finally Become Toxic?

Domino Effect: Have Sackler Donations Finally Become Toxic?

Within a week, three major museums pledged to refuse future donations from the Sacklers. But as over a thousand lawsuits against the family make their way through U.S. courts, other recipients of Sackler cash have remained curiously silent.

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On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

Thanks in part to donor dollars, Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, now has America’s most exciting arts scene. One overlooked driver of the city’s arts boom is alumni support for the arts at universities across the region, including Pomona College.

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Tapping Tech Wealth in the Northwest to Support Writers and More

Tapping Tech Wealth in the Northwest to Support Writers and More

The foundation that Linda Breneman created with her ex-husband Jeremy Jaech, a software entrepreneur, has played an important role in strengthening Seattle's literary scene, along with other causes. We explore the backstory.

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“Ongoing Evolution.” An African-American Couple Gets Behind a Museum’s Push for Greater Diversity

“Ongoing Evolution.” An African-American Couple Gets Behind a Museum’s Push for Greater Diversity

Funders have been stepping up efforts to get museums to diversify their collections and staff. The Baltimore Museum of Art, an institution that has strongly embraced this goal, recently landed a major gift from two donors impressed with its progress.

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"Dynamic Connections." With Two Big Museum Gifts, the Texas Arts Fundraising Boom Rolls On

"Dynamic Connections." With Two Big Museum Gifts, the Texas Arts Fundraising Boom Rolls On

The rising philanthropy scene in Texas isn’t just driven by oil wealth. Two recent gifts—a capital project grant from foundation and a donation of Asian art from a family—underscore the formidable breadth of the state's funder base.

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Reckoning: Has the Debate Over Toxic Sackler Gifts Reached a Tipping Point?

Reckoning: Has the Debate Over Toxic Sackler Gifts Reached a Tipping Point?

With new evidence tying the Sackler family to the deadly opioid epidemic, pressure is growing on recipients of Sackler gifts to repudiate the family and return money derived from an empire of addiction. Museums, for the time being, have yet to do so. Why?

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“You Always Want to go Back.” A Revered Artist Colony Gets Serious About Raising Money

“You Always Want to go Back.” A Revered Artist Colony Gets Serious About Raising Money

When the primary benefactor behind a nonprofit goes away, it can be a rough transition to a new and sustainable funding model. Some organizations don’t survive. The Ucross Foundation’s artist colony is determined to learn the ways of fundraising.

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“Ambitious and Risk-Taking.” Explaining The Shed’s Startling Fundraising Success

“Ambitious and Risk-Taking.” Explaining The Shed’s Startling Fundraising Success

An expensive new arts center in an affluent and culturally saturated Manhattan neighborhood may seem like a tough sell for donors increasingly focused on issues like equity and socially engaged art. So why has The Shed raised staggering amounts of money?

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