Membership

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.

Our mission is to provide leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of arts and culture.

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 communication tools on our website.

GIA supports a community of practice for arts funders, providing collective learning experiences and networking opportunities for the field to better address the urgent needs facing artists, arts organizations, and arts educators in communities across America.

To join or renew by mail, please download our Membership Form (PDF).

All memberships are based on the calendar year. To join or renew and pay dues later in the year, simply indicate on the form when you wish to be invoiced.

Member Benefits

Organizational members may select staff or board representatives to receive the following benefits:

  • Advance notice and discounted rates for GIA's annual conference
  • Subscription to the GIA Reader, including annual snapshot of arts funding, Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture and Public Funding for the Arts
  • Free access to GIA online learning tools, including webinars
  • Weekly electronic Member Bulletin featuring the latest news and information
  • Invitations to national or regional convenings of arts funders reflecting current trends in arts grantmaking
  • Members-only section of the GIA website and online Member Directory
  • Opportunity to submit news items for possible inclusion in GIA news
  • Opportunity to vote for GIA's board of directors


Membership Eligibility

Eligibility for private foundations, public agencies, and corporate giving programs

Organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking and who are legally incorporated as private foundations, community foundations including donor-designated funds within community foundations, corporate giving programs, and government entities are eligible for membership.

Eligibility for nonprofit grantmakers

Nonprofit organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Grantmaking represents at least 30% of the organization's total budget
  2. Grants are made to benefit the nonprofit arts sector, individual artists, and the general public and not solely to organizations or individuals connected to the grantmaking organization (example: individual artists to exhibit in the nonprofit organization's gallery space; performing artists to produce product for the grantmaking organization)
  3. Grantmaking as a program is prominent in the organization's mission, literature, and website

Eligibility for national associations

National associations incorporated as nonprofit organizations that serve and provide programs for a national arts constituency and are concerned with public arts policy and nonprofit sector funding are eligible for GIA membership as National Partners. Please note that board members of National Partners are not eligible for all member benefits. Organizations wishing to apply for National Partner status should contact the GIA office at gia@giarts.org.

For organizations whose policies prevent membership, staff and trustees may still be able to participate in GIA. For more information, contact gia@giarts.org.

Membership Dues

Organizational membership dues range from $500 to $3,500 per year based on the organization's annual arts grantmaking budget. Memberships are based on the calendar year and run from January to December.

Annual membership dues are as follows:

Arts Grantmaking Budget Dues
Up to $999,999 $500
$1,000,000 – $1,999,000 $1,000
$2,000,000 – $4,999,999 $1,250
$5,000,000 – $9,999,999 $2,500
$10,000,000 or more $3,500

Dues for National Partners are $600, regardless of budget size.

Funding Partners are members who make grants to GIA above the standard dues structure. Visit Funding Partner Levels and Benefits or contact Kathy Lindenmayer, Director of Development & Membership, at kathy@giarts.org.