Arts Funders Respond

July 30, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
After funding loss, the Alaska State Council on the Arts closed its doors Monday July 15.  In a recent communication, Grantmakers in the Arts expressed its support of Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and encouraged the state legislature and Governor’s office to restore the agency at prior funding levels in FY 2021. With … Continue reading Grantmakers in the Arts’ Response to Alaska Arts Council Funding Veto → Read More...
June 28, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
In The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s latest annual report, foundation President Elizabeth Alexander explains how the foundation works to support arts and humanities projects that advance a better world. Alexander writes that it is her aim to help Mellon adopt “a broader programmatic lens” and play “an even greater leadership role in higher education and the humanities” considering our rapidly changing … Continue reading Elizabeth Alexander, Mellon Foundation President, Reflects on Centering Community and Taking Diversity as a Value → Read More...
April 12, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
In a recent letter, the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) requested that Congress support appropriations of $167.50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) respectively, as well as $262 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and $480 million for the … Continue reading GIA Board Responds to the Trump Administration Budget Proposal Cuts for FY 2020 → Read More...
January 14, 2019 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, greeted the new year with a letter in which he reflects on the foundation’s hopes for its grantees, the communities it impacts, and the world. We know that the communities most proximate to the problems possess unique insight into the solutions. That is why, in everything we do, … Continue reading A Vision of Hope for Philanthropy in 2019 → Read More...
November 8, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
One of philanthropy’s responses to the horrific Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that left 11 people dead came from Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments, in a blog post called We are the Cure.  We are becoming so inured to these moments that we risk forgetting the totality of … Continue reading “Coming Together in Community is the Cure”: Grant Oliphant Writes After the Tree of Life Shooting  → Read More...
June 21, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
Grantmakers in the Arts, the national association of private and community foundations, corporate funders, and government agencies that support communities across America by funding nonprofit arts organizations and artists, is writing to express our strong concerns about the proposed changes to the 2020 decennial census, including the Administration’s addition of a question on citizenship status. … Continue reading GIA’s Board Writes to Congress Expressing Concerns on the Proposed Changes to the 2020 Census → Read More...
February 27, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
Following the Trump Administration’s 2019 budget request that proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among other cultural agencies, the foundation presidents who fund ArtPlace released a statement in support of cultural federal agencies and their role in strengthening communities. “If we lose federal agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts, we will … Continue reading ArtPlace Presidents Write a Joint Letter in Support of the NEA → Read More...
February 21, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
The board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has requested that Congress support appropriations funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) at the highest levels proposed by either the … Continue reading GIA’s Board Asks Congress to Support Cultural Agencies at Risk in the President’s 2019 Proposed Budget → Read More...
February 5, 2018 by Carmen Graciela Díaz
Larry Kramer, president of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, penned a letter in which he reflects on philanthropy after, what he calls, “a year as tumultuous and unsettling as 2017.” Kramer points out the spirit of a funder’s work, the responsibility to steward tactfully a foundation’s resources, and the adaptations and responses required to … Continue reading Larry Kramer, President of the Hewlett Foundation, Ponders on Today’s Philanthropy → Read More...
December 5, 2017 by Monica
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has published an easy chart comparing the current US House and Senate tax bills and how they could affect nonprofits. Click to enlarge. Read More...