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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Work in Progress: A Funder Looks at Key Challenges Around Creative Placemaking

Work in Progress: A Funder Looks at Key Challenges Around Creative Placemaking

Using the arts to drive equitable community development has been both a promising and frustrating proposition ever since it started gaining traction among funders roughly a decade ago. We check in on how a key leader in this space, the Kresge Foundation, sees the field evolving.

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"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

Decades of boom times haven’t just created piles of wealth in the Acela Corridor and on the West Coast. Many big fortunes have also emerged from “old economy” industries in the heartland. A recent gift in Madison, Wisconsin shows how these riches are bolstering local cultural life.

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"Poetry Survives." Behind a Big Gift to Support and Reimagine a Frequently Underfunded Field

"Poetry Survives." Behind a Big Gift to Support and Reimagine a Frequently Underfunded Field

Poetry received a much-needed boost from the Mellon Foundation, whose president, Elizabeth Alexander, is an acclaimed poet. In addition to awarding cash, the historic gift also envisions poetry as a vehicle to address important social issues.

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Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

After more than 20 years of anonymity, the funder of a coveted set of grants for older women artists revealed her identity last year. What inspires her giving—and why did she decide to finally step forward publicly?

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Accessing the Arts: What This Means for a Big Philadelphia Funder

Accessing the Arts: What This Means for a Big Philadelphia Funder

Even as other priorities clamor for attention, big city foundations have stuck with funding for the arts. A case in point is the William Penn Foundation, which aims to increase access to high-quality artistic and cultural experiences across Philadelphia.

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Build On: Why Reports of the Death of Big Capital Projects are Greatly Exaggerated

Build On: Why Reports of the Death of Big Capital Projects are Greatly Exaggerated

While a growing number of funders see the arts as a means to drive social change, news out of New York City suggests some billionaire patrons can't shake their affection for shiny museum wings and other brick-and-mortar projects.

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As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

The Art for Justice Fund was launched last year to help end mass incarceration and has already given away $40 million. We take a closer look at the fund's model against a backdrop of fast-moving political developments.

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“Diversity of Treasures.” A Sunsetting Funder Shines a Light on Underrepresented Artists

“Diversity of Treasures.” A Sunsetting Funder Shines a Light on Underrepresented Artists

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation recently announced it was shuttering its doors after 19 years. It’s not going quietly. With a big gift to promote underrepresented artists, the foundation is expanding its already formidable legacy.


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Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.

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