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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Miami Rising: Two of the Funders Behind the City's Emergence an International Arts Hot Spot

Miami Rising: Two of the Funders Behind the City's Emergence an International Arts Hot Spot

In a little over a decade, Miami has developed one of the country's most vibrant arts ecosystems. We take a closer look at the two funders most responsible for its rapid ascent: the Knight Foundation and real estate developer Jorge M. Pérez.

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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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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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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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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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A Time of Recovery: How Philanthropy Can Help the North Bay Arts Community After the Fires

A Time of Recovery: How Philanthropy Can Help the North Bay Arts Community After the Fires

Northern California Grantmakers recently released a report that explores the physical and economic health of North Bay arts groups in the wake of last year’s wildfires. We take a look at how donors can help and why they should.

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Changing Hearts and Minds: How the Art For Justice Fund Hopes to Reduce Mass Incarceration

Changing Hearts and Minds: How the Art For Justice Fund Hopes to Reduce Mass Incarceration

Helena Huang, project director for the Art for Justice Fund, talks about how the fund’s latest round of grantmaking supports its goal of changing public policy to safely reduce the U.S. prison population.

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What Love Looks Like in Philanthropy: Shared Power and Transparency

What Love Looks Like in Philanthropy: Shared Power and Transparency

What does it mean to operationalize the value of love in grantmaking? Two funders reflect on their attempt to do exactly that at ArtPlace America, a 10-year collaboration to advance creative placemaking.

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