About Us


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 arts and culture.

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.

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose

In 2015, Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors approved this statement of purpose for their work in racial equity in arts philanthropy to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults.

What We Do

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

Looking for a grant? GIA is an organization that serves grantmakers, but 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.