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.

Pittsburgh, PA
Three Rivers Community Foundation in southwestern Pennsylvania is the region’s only grantmaker dedicated solely to social change and justice. The Foundation’s key issue areas include: Disability Rights; Economic Justice; the Environment; Racial Justice; Women, Youth, and Families; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. In addition to making grants of up to $4,000 in these action areas, TRCF also makes small Special Opportunity Grants of up to $500 throughout the year for unanticipated opportunities that may arise, for which organizations did not budget.
San Francisco, CA
Threshold is a progressive foundation and a community of individuals united through wealth, who mobilize money, people and power to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world. Through donor giving circles, we support projects that promote a sustainable planet, justice, and democracy.
Tucson, AZ
The Tucson Pima Arts Council fosters artistic expression, educational development and the economic growth of their diverse community by supporting, promoting, and advocating for arts and culture.
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Bancorp contributes to the strength and vitality of our communities through the Foundation charitable contributions program. We seek to build strong partnerships and lasting value in our communities by supporting organizations that: improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which we live and work.
New York, NY
The Union Square Awards believes that grassroots activism strengthens local communities. The Awards identify activists, community organizers, advocates and service providers across New York City neighborhoods who were building organizations addressing homelessness and hunger; HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment; youth leadership and organizing; familiy and community development; and conflict resolution, among other concerns.
Raleigh, NC
Our mission is to build communities through support for the arts and arts advocacy. The majority of our grant decisions are about supporting arts programming and access to arts programming throughout our large county, which has 11 municipalities in addition to Raleigh. We consider artistic quality, value to the community and administrative strength in making grants to other presenting or producing arts organizations.
Maitland, FL
United Arts of Central Florida funds arts and cultural projects through multiple grant programs. Projects for social change would best apply through the mini-grant. The program offers up to $2,500, and requires a $1:$1 match. Projects must occur in Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties in Florida. See our website at for eligibility and the application.
Olympia, WA
The Washington State Arts Commission cultivates a thriving environment for creative expression and appreciation for the arts for the benefit of all.
San Francisco, CA
TWI supports processes and programs that help people to improve their thinking and decision making. TWI is especially interested in the use of cross-perspective dialogue to promote critical and collaborative thinking. TWI is explicitly process-oriented, rather than issue-oriented, and this orientation is the thread that links their funding in civic engagement, leadership development, education, and other areas.
Menlo Park, CA
The Foundation's programs have ambitious goals that include: helping to reduce global poverty, limiting the risk of climate change, improving education for students in California and elsewhere, improving reproductive health and rights worldwide, supporting vibrant performing arts in our community, advancing the field of philanthropy, and supporting disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.
Minneapolis, MN
The Women's Foundation invests in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.
Miami, FL
Women's Fund of Miami Dade is a catalyst for social change and economic justice with the goal of creating a community where all women and girls reach their full potential. Our grantmaking, along with advocacy, training and community building are the key elements used to achieve this goal.