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Cultural Philanthropy and Social Justice: The Nathan Cummings Foundation

My work with museums, libraries and non-profits has often involved helping them identify funding sources for art or historical activities such as interpretive programming or outreach to new audiences.  All too often the institutions seeking support make the assumption that all foundations with “arts” or “culture” programs are potential grant sources. They do not realize the wide range of funding approaches in cultural philanthropy, from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which helps “excellent institutions” undertake serious scholarship on and preserve their collections, to the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which funds cultural activities “through the lens of social justice.” Nor do grant-seekers realize that cultural philanthropy is undergoing re-examination, with the result that some foundations are shifting traditional approaches and adopting new funding perspectives.

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