TITLE: Program Officer
FUNDING AREAS: Chicago arts & culture-- theater, dance, musical groups, museums, exhibitors, and visual arts
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-726-8000
IP TAKE: The Girl Scouts' motto is "Be prepared" and its slogan is "Do a good turn daily." It seems that MacArthur Foundation's Fox has been staying true to her Girl Scout roots.
PROFILE: Cate Fox has been an Arts & Culture program officer at the MacArthur Foundation since late 2012, overseeing the Arts & Culture in Chicago program area. Just prior to coming to MacArthur, Fox worked as a senior consultant at The Alford Group, a firm that serves non-profits. There for seven years, she oversaw governance audits, organizational development, market assessments, and strategic planning. So she understands the business of making non-profits happen. Before The Alford Group, Fox was employed by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., working to revise their international programs and structure (and hopefully score some cookies too).
Beyond her professional work history, Fox has been affiliated with an uncommon range of non-profit interests throughout her adult life. She has a background in volunteering for various causes like the Religious Society of Friends, reforestation efforts in West Africa, and strategy developments for the Irish Peace Institute. She has also worked extensively in the areas of poverty and homelessness, international peace building, and youth development both in the United States and internationally. As part of her Master's of Arts in Peace and Development Studies at the University of Limerick in Ireland, Fox completed a thesis on youth peace-building efforts in Spain, Ireland, and Chicago.
In her work in the Arts & Culture in Chicago program area, Fox helps administer two forms of funding the program provides. One is the multiyear, general operating support to "theaters, dance organizations, musical groups, museums, exhibitors, and visual arts organizations to develop programs that enrich audiences and the larger community, to grow artistically, and to build and sustain organizational strength." The other is the program's "targeted, time-limited support to help strengthen specific elements of these organizations and the cultural sector as a whole."
According to MacArthur, approximately 80 percent of their funding in this area is in the form of its multiyear, general operating support grants and grants range from $50,000 to $100,000 (over three to five years) for organizations with budgets above $2 million. Fox also helps fund organizations in tiers of annual budgets between $500,000 and $2 million, and budgets of $500,000 or less. You see, MacArthur provides support to Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, which then regrant funds to medium and smaller arts groups. Make sure to consult MacArthur's grant guidelines to determine where your organization fits in.
The remaining 20 percent of MacArthur's support in this area is devoted to "projects and initiatives directed to specific problems and opportunities that will address the needs of a group of organizations by artistic discipline or function (e.g., finance, marketing, space, etc) or the arts sector as a whole."
If MacArthur sounds right for your organization, review the grantseeker FAQs before reaching out to Fox.