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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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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“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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

As arts funders remain laser-focused on equity—both in terms of representation and access—the Walton Family Foundation makes another big gift towards diversifying the ranks of museum leaders.

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