Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701

New York, NY -- September 22, 2010. This October, the Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, will hold its annual Funding for Arts Month with special events, classes, and resources aimed at helping artists and nonprofit arts organizations become better grantseekers and increase their funding.

"Now more than ever, the arts community needs to use its creativity to identify potential sources of revenue," said Janet Camarena, director of the Center's San Francisco office. "Our Funding for Arts Month elevates the work the Center does all year long by bringing together a unique collection of resources, training, and networking opportunities -- all aimed at helping this group secure much-needed resources and learn from each other."

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

At free programs in the Center's Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, locations, participants can discover fundraising strategies, network with fellow artists and colleagues, and gain insight into their local arts funding community.

Free events and training will cover a wide array of topics, including "Coffee and Conversation with Arts Funders Series" in Cleveland every Friday in October; a "Resource Market for the Arts" in Atlanta on October 4; "The Art of Serving on Arts Boards" panel discussion in New York on October 5; "Careers in Arts Management: Realities and Opportunities," in Washington, DC, on October 14; and "The Wisdom of the Crowds for Your Bottom Line: Using Crowd-Funding and Micro-Giving for the Arts" in San Francisco on October 19.

At a national webinar on October 25, "Out of Crisis and Into the New Normal: How Has Arts Funding Weathered the Latest Downturn?" the Foundation Center will examine recent trends in foundation funding for the arts, consider the impact of the economic crisis on funding priorities and strategies, and discuss prospects for arts grantmaking over the next few years.

New Research

In conjunction with Funding for Arts Month and in partnership with Grantmakers in the Arts, the Center will release "Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2008: A One-year Snapshot." This report documents how arts funding fared during the first year of the economic downturn. It will be available for free download in the Gain Knowledge area of the Center's web site on October 1.

Other Special Topics

Funding for Arts Month reflects the Foundation Center's commitment to providing collections of issue-based resources and services to help grantseekers and grantmakers be more efficient and effective in their work. Comparable projects include Focus on Funding for Education; Foundations for Education Excellence; Haiti Earthquake Relief and Recovery; Focus on the Economic Crisis; and Global Issue topics, such as access to water, food security, health care, and poverty.

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. and, increasingly, global 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 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.