Partnering with Community Foundations to Strengthen Local Arts Philanthropy

June 27, 2020, 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

Session Type: Discussion

Community foundations, by definition, cast a wide lens when it comes to how they can help a community thrive--and in the right circumstances, arts agencies and organizations can successfully collaborate to make sure arts and culture are a crucial part of addressing broader social goals. In 2017, the Barr Foundation partnered with five Massachusetts community foundations to launch a ten-year initiative that enables these partners to act more strategically by building new capacity and initiatives that are catalyzing new leadership, energy, and resources in their communities. Presenters will discuss their efforts to shift donors from check writing to strategic philanthropy, elevate the arts as a programmatic focus, more effectively engage their diverse communities, expand and change their approaches to grantmaking, and assume a more ambitious role as civic leaders. In this session, learn more about what such a collaboration can look like and how it can succeed.