Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

National Study of Artist–Endowed Foundations

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A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the US


The National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, conducted for the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, is the first effort to define and describe the artist-endowed foundation field in the US. Though a small portion of all private foundations, these distinctively endowed entities are growing in number and as such, represent a potential force shaping cultural philanthropy and stewarding this country's postwar and contemporary art patrimony. Released in 2010, the two-volume report detailing the Study's findings -- The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations -- provides leaders in philanthropy, the arts, education, and journalism with an overview of the artist-endowed foundation field, its origins, current status, trends, and prospects. In addition, the Study Report offers artist-donors, their advisors, and foundation leaders a summary of considerations in forming, sustaining, and terminating artist-endowed foundations as well as planning and conducting foundations' charitable programs. Briefing papers by scholars in the arts and philanthropy address key issues in foundation practice.


This new publication presents updated findings of the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, reflecting the field's continued growth since release of the Study's initial findings based on 2005 data. Drawing on new data through 2010, Study Report Supplement 2013 details this growth, analyzes factors shaping it, and explores ramifications for foundation practice. Appendices list identified foundations and present data profiles of those reporting assets of at least $1 million. New briefing papers address rising topics that will influence the field's development and a descriptive survey summarizes estate planning literature as it pertains to visual artists.

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Study Report Supplement 2013

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Executive Summary


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Findings: Overview of the Field

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Considerations in Foundation Practice
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Excutive Summary of the Study Report

VOLUMES 1 AND TWO ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE. The Study Report Supplement 2013 and Executive Summaries are available only in electronic format.