Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

New York, NY -- September 28, 2009. This October, the Foundation Center's Funding for Arts Month will offer special events, classes, and resources aimed at helping artists and nonprofit arts organizations become better grantseekers and increase their funding. At free programs in the Center's Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, and San Francisco locations, participants can discover fundraising strategies, network with fellow artists and colleagues, and gain insight into how the economic crisis has impacted foundation support for the arts.

"Arts organizations and individual artists continue to cope with fundraising struggles as a result of the current recession," said Janet Camarena, director of the Center's San Francisco office. "Being armed with the latest information is more important than ever, and our Funding for Arts Month programming will identify ways to survive, thrive, and succeed in this very challenging fundraising environment."

Visitors to the Center's web site will find Focus on Funding for the Arts, a "one-stop shop" of free, easily accessible information including:

  • easy-to-use interactive maps and charts that show the geographic locations and giving interests of grantmakers supporting the arts throughout the nation
  • news, interviews, book reviews, job postings, and RFP listings from the Center's Philanthropy News Digest
  • latest listings of live events, classes, and webinars, as well as podcasts and programs in its online Events Archive
  • research and statistics on arts funding and, through the Center's PubHub service, online reports on the arts published by foundations and nonprofit organizations
  • arts-related reference guides, resource lists, and Frequently Asked Questions

Special Programs
Free events and training will cover a wide array of relevant topics, including "Beyond Survival: Collaboration, Partnerships and Sustainability," in Atlanta; "Resource Market for the Creative Community" in Cleveland; "Meet the Grantmakers: Understanding the New Arts Funding Environment" in San Francisco, and "Film, Fundraising, and Social Change" in New York. And on October 30, grantseekers everywhere can take advantage of a national webinar to learn about funding trends and the outlook for arts and culture from leaders in the field.

New Publications
In conjunction with Funding for Arts Month, the Center will release two regional funding reports: Spotlight on Arts Funding in Georgia and Spotlight on Arts Funding in California, available for free download in the Gain Knowledge area of the Center's web site.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.