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.

Olympia, WA
The mission of the Longhouse is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation and economic development.
Tucson, AZ
Mission is to ignite and support youth voice, infusing the community with the unique perspectives of young people. Has been a primary supporter of the Finding Voice project, also supported by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, as well as VOICES, Arts in Reality, and other youth arts activism and civic engagement initiatives in Greater Tucson.
Fairbanks, AK
The Fairbanks Arts Association's mission is to romote contemporary and traditional arts in Alaska's Interior.
Chicago, IL
Fire This Time Fund (FTT) is a five year old, all volunteer organized, independent giving circle. The group supports small-scale, creative social change projects initiated by local artists, educators and organizers who weave an analysis of racial, economic, social, environmental, or gender justice into their work.
New York, NY
The Foundation for Jewish Culture invests in creative individuals in order to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture, and community.
Charlotte, NC
Foundation For The Carolinas inspires philanthropy and strengthens our region through innovative community initiatives and quality services to donors and constituents.
New York, NY
The Funding Exchange is a growing network of 16 public foundations and a national office that together grant nearly $15 million annually to grassroots organizations working for social, racial, economic and environmental justice around the country. The Funding Exchange is committed to the eradication of all social injustices. Through their innovative, activist-led grantmaking strategies, the Funding Exchange supports the systemic change work of both experienced and developing grassroots organizations within the broad movement for social justice.
Atlanta, GA
The mission of Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is access to the arts for all Georgians. As a state agency, GCA provides this access through the award of highly competitive grants that fund arts programming. In response to the current economy, GCA has amended its mission to read: access to the arts for all Georgians with the primary responsibility to the state's nonprofit arts industry.
Germantown, TN
The Germantown Arts Alliance is an advocacy and funding organization whose mission is to promote, enrich and celebrate the community’s cultural arts environment.
Los Angeles, CA
To contribute to art schools; furnish financial assistance to artists who are needy and worthy of such assistance, to contribute to museums where appropriate as well as to other organized charities and to educate the public about the art of Hans Burkhardt.
Bel Air, MD
The Harford County Cultrual Arts Board, in cooperation with Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County government, serves to enhance the cultural arts in the County through the granting of State and County funds to local non profit cultural organizations. The Board encourages the growth and attainment of the highest artistic excellence in the arts.
Honolulu, HI
Our mission Hawaii Community Foundation helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every island community.   About Us Every funding decision made at the Hawaii Community Foundation benefits from the collective wisdom of people and organizations wanting to help Hawaii. At HCF, we keep our heads and our hearts on the pulse of the community—applying solid analytics to philanthropic passion to help our island home in meaningful and measurable ways.
Minneapolis, MN
Our foundation's name refers to the narrow source of a river— the headwaters. The organizations we fund are small, but, very quickly, the work they do becomes a powerful, rushing current, working to wipe social injustice from the community. Unlike large, bureaucratic operations, the small, grass-roots organizations we fund make a real difference with limited resources.
Pittsburgh, PA
The Heinz Endowments is based in Pittsburgh, where the region serves as a laboratory for the development of solutions to challenges that are national in scope. Their mission is to help our region thrive as a whole community — economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally — while advancing the state of knowledge and practice in the fields in which we work. As reperesented by their five grant-making programs, Heinz Endowments emphasizes: Arts and Culture; Children, Youth and Families; education; environment; and Innovation Economy.
Milwaukee, WI
The Helen Bader Foundation strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. The Foundation makes grants, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in the areas of Alzheimer's and aging, workforce development, community partnerships for youth, Jewish education, community programs and initiatives, and program related investments.
Santa Monica, CA
The Herb Alpert Foundation's goals are: To create and/or support the mechanisms and means through which young people can discover, harness and fully develop their unique creative energies and their special talents; To prepare young people to live free from prejudice so they can be enriched through incorporating diverse people and perspectives into their worldview and life experience; and To nurture a capacity for empathy and compassion so that the relationships we develop through our lives are based on mutual respect, tolerance and kindness.
High Point, NC
It is the mission of the High Point Area Arts Council, Inc. to work continually to enhance the lives of all citizens of the community by ensuring the availability of a broad range of cultural and artistic activities and encouraging full participation in them.
Kykotsmovi, AZ
The Hopi Foundation exemplifies the Hopi teaching of "Itam naapyani" or doing the work ourselves. Established by local Hopis, we promote self sufficiency, proactive community participation in our own destiny, self reliance and local self determination. Our programs include creating future leaders, providing art therapy workshops for victims of trauma, torture and traumatic dislocation, as well as developing innovative sustainable strategies to address diet-related health issues, preserve Hopi farming traditions, and restore the local food system.
San Francisco, CA
Horizons Foundation, a philanthropic social justice organization, serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community throughout the Bay Area and beyond by supporting nonprofit organizations and increasing the financial resources available to the LGBT community.
Houma, LA
The mission of the Houma Regional Arts Council is to promote and provide cultural activities, through a partnership of public and private funding, which meets the needs of their individual communities.