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.

Canton, OH
Arts in Stark is a non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the county Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Arts in Stark is committed to using the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.
Southfield, MI
Arts of Citizenship develops effective models of collaborative research that simultaneously advance faculty careers in the arts, humanities and design, and advance vital cultural and organizational agendas of community-based organizations.
Spartanburg, SC
The Arts Partnership supports and inspires creative expression and educational discovery in Spartanburg County. The Arts Partnership will provide strategic and financial leadership to cultural organizations, artists and educators that enhances quality of life, cultivates economic vitality, and encourages educational engagement with arts, science, and history.
Memphis, TN
ArtsMemphis seeks to raise funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone. ArtsMemphis provides annual support, financial oversight, advocacy and mentoring to many diverse organizations through more than 100 annual grants in seven grant categories; funds arts education and outreach projects; and oversees the Audience Development Initiative to enhance and build local cultural audiences.
Minneapolis, MN
Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
New York, NY
The Asian Women Giving Circle is a group of women pooling and raising resources to support Asian American serving, Asian American women-led social change organizations in New York City's underserved communities.
New York, NY
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. The Foundation grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights. The Foundation prioritizes funding for lesbian- and trans-led communities of color and organizations doing multi-racial, anti-racist work.
Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is dedicated to making Baltimore a creative and vibrant city in which to live, work and play.
Boston, MA
The Barr Foundation is a private foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of Boston’s residents. While our primary areas of emphasis are education and the environment, we also provide support to arts and cultural activities.
South Burlington, VT
The Mission of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is to engage Ben & Jerry’s employees in philanthropy and social change work; to give back to our Vermont communities; and to support grassroots progressive social change organizations around the country. Our interests are in furthering social justice, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable food systems. We are committed to supporting non-violent, thoughtful and strategic approaches. Our philanthropy is led by Ben & Jerry’s employees who serve on committees that review grants.
San Francisco, CA
The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is to support and promote community, interactive art and civic participation. For our purposes, interactive art means art that generates social participation. The process whereby this art is created, the means by which it is displayed, and the character of the work itself should inspire immediate interactions that connect people to one another in a larger communal context.
Eagan, MN
The purpose of the Blue Cross Foundation is to make a healthy difference in people's lives by improving the community conditions that have an impact on the health of children and families. As the philanthropic arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, we have the opportunity to address significant influences on health that are beyond the traditional reach of the health care system. Through our work, Blue Cross furthers its social investment as a nonprofit health plan with a unique charter to improve the health of all Minnesotans.
Seal Beach, CA
The goal of the Global Corporate Citizenship function is to enable the development of vibrant communities with citizens who are educated, creative, civic minded, environmentally conscious, healthy and economically self-sustained.
New York, NY
The Foundation's primary interest is in the field of education, including smaller colleges and public education initiatives in New York City. The Foundation also makes grants in the areas of civic and urban affairs and culture in New York City. Grants in other areas are made occasionally, most often in the fields in which the Booth family had an interest. The Foundation primarily funds capital and capacity building projects.
Boston, MA
The Boston Women’s Fund supports community-based organizations run by women and girls in the Greater Boston area. We work with low-income women, women of color, lesbians, women with disabilities, older women, and girls who are working to create a society based on racial, social and economic justice. The Fund raises money from a broad base of donors across economic backgrounds to provide grants and develop programs that strengthen the grassroots initiatives and leadership of women and girls.
Bronx, NY
The Bronx Council on the Arts provides financial support for community-based arts organizations and individual artists.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Broward County Commission's Cultural Division’s (BCD) mission is to enhance the community's cultural environment through the development of the arts. The Commission’s vision is to create a cutting-edge network of accessible cultural activities throughout Broward County, and to foster participation of residents through alliances between arts and culture, education and social service sectors.
St. Paul, MN
The Bush Foundation wants to help shape vibrant communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and in the 23 sovereign tribal nations that share the same geography. They invest in courageous and effective leadership that significantly strengthens and improves the well-being of people in these areas.
Sacramento, CA
The California Arts Council has the mission to advance California through the arts and creativity with an emphasis on children and artistically underserved communities. The agency encourages widespread public participation in the arts; helps build strong arts organizations at the local level; assists with the professional development of arts leaders; promotes awareness of the value of the arts; and directly support arts program for children and communities.
Los Angeles, CA
Strengthening Los Angeles communities through effective philanthropy and civic engagement.