Funding for arts and culture remains a significant but somewhat less important priority for corporations and U.S. foundations, a report from Grantmakers in the Arts finds.
The report, Arts Funding at Twenty-Five: What Data and Analysis Continue to Tell Funders About the Field (PDF, 16 pages), found that estimated giving for the arts by U.S. foundations totaled $4.9 billion in 2014, up from $3.7 billion in 2000. After adjusting for inflation, the value of foundation support for the arts declined by 3 percent over that period. In contrast, foundation funding overall, adjusted for inflation, increased 59 percent between 2000 and 2014. As a result, arts and culture accounted for an estimated 8 percent of total U.S. foundation giving in 2014, down from more than 13 percent in the early 2000s. The report also found that corporate funding for the arts declined in 2003 and 2004 and for three consecutive years from 2008 and 2010, during the Great Recession, and that while 81 percent of companies provided general philanthropic support, only three-quarters (73 percent) of those companies supported arts and cultural organizations.