Arts Funding is on the Chopping Block in Many States. Can Donors Fill the Gap?

Arts Funding is on the Chopping Block in Many States. Can Donors Fill the Gap?

As state governments cuts support for the arts, regional donors often try to fill the gap. For a particularly stark example of this phenomenon, we turn our attention to Florida, where private wealth is offsetting some cuts to public arts funding.

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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