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.

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.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.