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.

Houston, TX
The mission is to support and promote artistic life in the Houston region through programs, initiatives and alliances.
Build the capacity of arts organizations and strengthen greater Houston’s arts ecosystem Provide innovative solutions to system challenges such as inclusion, relevance and financial sustainability; Build the capacity of arts and culture organizations that contribute to sector vibrancy, resiliency and impact; and Enhance public policy benefiting the greater Houston arts and culture sector.  
Bayside, CA
To serve as an independent staging ground for residents, individually and in concert, to build social, economic and environmental prosperity on California's North Coast. The Humboldt Area Foundation works to connect donors that invest in our community with projects in their area of interest to put local capital to work for local priorities and the public good.
Cambridge, MA
Hunt Alternatives Fund advances innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at the local, national, and global levels.
Boise, ID
The Idaho Commission on the Arts was established in 1966 to stimulate and encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the arts, and public interest and participation therein...and to encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression essential to the well-being of the arts.
Portland, OR
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, an independent private foundation, was established in 2002 to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians through support of the arts and education.
Saint Paul, MN
The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit art organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.
Miami, FL
The Knight Foundation seeks opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism in order to help them reach their highest potential. The Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change.
Johnson City, TN
The Council's mission is to strengthen and support arts and culture in Northeast Tennessee by preserving and promoting the region's cultural heritage, and by making arts and culture accessible to a broad range of people.
Chicago, IL
The Joyce Foundation aims to improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region.
Topeka, KS
The Kansas Arts Commission provides opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives. The Commission serves artists, nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies through grants to support the arts in communities. The Commission also provides seminars, workshops and one-on-one consulting in business development, grantwriting, strategic planning, marketing and other areas of nonprofit arts management.
Louisville, KY
The Kentucky Foundation for Women supports feminists that that are advancing social change.
Troy, MI
The Kresge Foundation's mission is to promote human progress.
Seattle, WA
The mission of the Laird Norton Family Foundation is to fund programs that honor, support, and reflect the philanthropic values of the Laird Norton family. The Foundation does this through a number of fund advisory committees, each focused on a specific area of interest and each with its own grantmaking process.
New York, NY
Through innovative grantmaking and supported projects, Lambent Foundation explores and supports the critical role of artists, contemporary art and culture as strategies for promoting progressive social change.
Philadelphia, PA
The Leeway Foundation is Philadelphia-based independent foundation that supports individual women and transgender artists working toward individual and community transformation. The Foundation envisions a world where art is recognized as an essential part of the human experience; where it is employed and respected as a powerful catalyst for personal and social change; and where women and trans artists are honored as role models, mentors, and leaders.
Madison, WI
Permanent Public Art; Temporary Public Art; Cultural Planning; Neighborhood Planning, Preservation and Design; Exhibition Space & Arts Grants.
Eden Prairie, MN
The Philanthropies serves as the umbrella over three grantmaking organizations founded by Margaret A. Cargill, all with a common vision: To provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, the environment and all living things. The Foundation, created upon Ms. Cargill’s death in 2006, has programs reflecting her passions and priorities, including the environment; the arts; services to families, children and the elderly; disaster-related relief, recovery, and development; planned health; and animal welfare.
Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
Chicago, IL
The McCormick Foundation support youth media groups that help teach teenagers skills in media production and journalism, support and encourage youth voice, and help broader society by making us more aware of the issues and concerns of young people.