Directory of Funders

The Directory of Funders identifies and profiles private and public sector grantmakers that are supporting arts for change work.
It provides information on more than 150 grantmakers who responded to a 2010 survey as well as other grantmakers who have provided information since the initial survey. For an introduction to the directory, please check out the PDF here.

Funders, if you would like to be listed here, register for the site and add your organization's profile. Feel free to contact Animating Democracy with any questions.

Boston, MA
The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation supports arts and culture, education, health and hospitals, Jewish causes and social welfare programs in Greater Boston and Palm Beach County, Florida.
New York, NY
CEC ArtsLink is an international arts organization whose programs encourage and support exchange among visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the U.S. and in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The organization believes that the arts are a society's most deliberate and complex means of communication, and the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict.
Los Angeles, CA
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) was founded in 2001 to promote knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and loans, networking opportunities, and incubating innovative projects to create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.
Norwich, NY
To develop, promote, enhance and increase community arts and cultural programs in Broome County and Chenango County through a regranting of funds allocated to the CCCA from NYSCA; to support a wide range of professional and avocational arts and cultural events that creatively reflect the unique qualities and resources of these communities; to support the work of Broom and Chenango Counties individual artists through sponsoring organizations; to reach as many communities throughout Broome and Chenango Counties as possible.
New York, NY
THE MOTHER WIT HUMAN RIGHTS FUND is dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and courageous human rights activists — be they men, women or youth — who together from both sides of the camera take on critical human rights struggles in the U.S. and around the globe. These films are meant to inspire, enrage and catalyze the collective belief and will needed to insure civil rights, reproductive health rights, environmental, racial and economic justice, education and literacy for all — and especially for women and girls.
Denver, CO
The Chinook Fund is a movement-building organization. The Foundation supports organizations working to create a just, equitable and free society by transforming oppressive and discriminatory political, social and economic systems and institutions. Chinook supports organizations which are challenging the root causes of oppression rather than treating the symptoms. Chinook is committed to the transformation of society into one that promotes social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism.
San Francisco, CA
The Christensen Fund believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. The foundation’s mission is to buttress the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient. The Fund pursues this mission through place-based work in regions chosen for their potential to withstand and recover from the global erosion of diversity.
Atlanta, GA
The Office of Cultural Affairs aims to enhance Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination. The OCA supports programs that educate and expose the public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions through a variety of initiatives.
Dallas, TX
The Office of Cultural Affairs works to enhance the vitality of the City and the quality of life for all Dallas citizens by creating an environment wherein arts and cultural organizations thrive and people of all ages enjoy opportunities for creative expression and the celebration of our community's multicultural heritage. The office’s mission is to establish a cultural system that ensures ALL Dallas citizens and visitors have an opportunity to experience the finest in arts and culture.
Los Angeles, CA
The goal of the Department of Cultural Affairs is to enhance the quality of life for Los Angeles' residents and visitors. The Department accomplishes this goal by generating and supporting high quality arts and cultural experiences. The department ensures access to those experiences through grant making, marketing, development, communication, and building relationships with our community partners. The department’s challenge is to be a catalyst for the delivery of art, culture, and heritage to every neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles.
Minneapolis, MN
The Division's mission is to strengthen the arts and enrich cultural life in Minneapolis. Its goals are to foster development of the arts; stimulate participation in and appreciation of the arts by all city residents; encourage cooperation and coordination between artists and the various arts; seek financial support for the arts; act as an advocate for the arts before private and public agencies; advise the city council with respect to arts related matters; strive for high standards of quality in the arts; and represent the arts whenever possible.
New Haven, CT
The Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program has been designed to support the community by providing financial, marketing and technical assistance for arts and cultural related programs, projects and events which occur in New Haven neighborhoods.
Reno, NV
The mission of the Commission is to secure, advocate and fund excellence in the arts.
San Antonio, TX
The City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affair’s mission is to provide leadership and support for arts organizations and individual artists, improving the quality of life for San Antonio citizens and visitors alike. OCA's vision is to be the recognized public agency leading the San Antonio creative environment.
San Diego, CA
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture vitalizes the city by supporting the region's cultural assets, integrating arts and culture into community life and showcasing San Diego as an international tourist destination.
Savannah, GA
The mission of the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs is to nurture excellence and diversity to improve the social fabric and quality of life for Savannah’s citizens, regardless of income, education, disabilities, or ethnicity; to provide leadership in fostering programs that educate and expose citizens to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions; to support artistic programs that celebrate creativity, create educational opportunities, encourage economic growth and enhance Savannah’s reputation as a cultural destination.
Seattle, WA
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in Seattle.
Wichita, KS
The City of Wichita strives to encourage and provide financial support to arts and cultural organizations that demonstrate and document excellence in quality artistic programs, professional artistic and administrative staffing, financial stability and their contribution to the community at large.
Cleveland, OH
To enhance the quality of life for all residents of Greater Cleveland, now, and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on key community issues.
Los Angeles, CA
The Colburn Foundation's mission is to help create and maintain a healthy and thriving classical music community in southern California and beyond.

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