Doris Duke Knows There Is Nothing Better Than Core Support

Toward the end of last year, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients for their 2013 Core Support for National Organizations two-year grants. The nine contemporary dance, jazz, presenting, and theatre organizations will receive a combined total of $2.1 million for their programs.

Doris Duke is one of the largest grantmakers in the performing arts arena, particularly in the areas of dance and jazz. These grants are given in support of up to 10% of an organization's annual expenses for services and activities benefitting the national jazz, theatre, presenting and or contemporary dance fields. The grants can be used for any and all relevant operating expenses, but at least 25% of the grant must go towards "long-term capitalization needs, such as cash reserve or change capital."

As Doris Duke's Program Director for the Arts, Ben Cameron, explained, "National organizations play a critical role in promoting greater field-wide knowledge and practice. Through their leadership and mentoring programs, research publications, advocacy work, technical assistance and more, they provide indispensable services that are critical to larger field-health. We are honored to support their work with these grants, which recognize the value of their ongoing activities."

The winners of this cycle of grants are:

  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, DC)
  • Chamber Music America (New York, NY
  • Creative Capital Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Dance/USA (Washington, DC)
  • Emerson College Department for the Theater Commons (Boston, MA)
  • Fractured Atlas (New York, NY)
  • National New Play Network (Washington, DC)
  • National Performance Network (New Orleans, LA)
  • Theatre Communications Group (New York, NY)

The exact amounts received by each organization weren't published, but multi-year grants from Doris Duke usually range anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million, though Theatre Communications Group has received more in the past. In fact, most of the organization in this list are regular recipients of Doris Duke funding, so it's clear that the foundation likes to keep their favored organizations close.

You can read more about the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in our GrantFinder guide here and here.