About Us

Who We Are

Grantmakers in the Arts is the only national association of both public and private arts and culture funders in the US, including independent and family foundations, public agencies, community foundations, corporate philanthropies, nonprofit regrantors, and national service organizations – funders of all shapes and sizes across the US and into Canada.

What We Do

GIA provides valuable professional development for arts grantmakers through conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and online communication tools.

Looking for a grant? GIA is an organization that serves grantmakers and does not give grants or have information of use to those seeking grants. Excellent sources of information for those seeking grants are the Foundation Center and FoundationSearch.

Looking for GIA history? Former Board member John Kreidler authored an excellent piece on early GIA history, From Neolithic Prehistory to the Classical Era, that was published in the Winter 2006 issue of GIA Reader.

Mission

A national network of private, public, and corporate arts funders, Grantmakers in the Arts provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of the arts and culture.

Vision

Arts, culture and creative expression are broadly valued as essential to the human experience and recognized as core to connecting individuals and communities in building vitality and shaping responses to societal challenges and changes.

Expanded, robust and constantly evolving private and public support systems for artists and arts organizations function effectively at every level: individual, community, regional and national.

Philanthropic leadership enthusiastically embraces the arts as critical to its giving philosophy; political decision makers set policy that furthers support of the arts and culture in the public sphere.

Guiding Principles

Inclusiveness

GIA draws strength from and welcomes the engagement of diverse voices and perspectives in shaping and furthering its work, particularly from those who philanthropically support arts, culture and creative expression.

Equity

In its internal operations and external programs, GIA prioritizes actions that result in more equitable access for populations that have, in the past, been systemically oppressed leading to less opportunity for philanthropic and governmental support.

Collaboration

At the intersection of philanthropy and the arts, GIA breaks down silos by creating and strengthening connections with, and for, those within its membership and constituency and across sectors.

Curiosity

GIA fosters active and meaningful interchange, dialogue and learning that leads arts and culture funders to be better stewards and more impactful and effective in their work.