AEFI Lead Underwriters

Underwriters of the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI’s work represent some of the foremost firms providing services to philanthropy, the arts, and education. We are proud to count them as partners in realizing AEFI’s mission to strengthen the charitable impact of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field.

AEFI Lead Underwriters

Chief among our partners are AEFI Lead Underwriters, who provide core support to sustain AEFI and also share their intellectual capital by collaborating in the development and dissemination of educational information to assist the artist-endowed foundation field.



Artists Rights Society (ARS) provides the effective copyright stewardship that visual artists require in order to achieve the cultural impact and economic vitality they envision for their works and legacy.

Harnessing 30+ years of experience with the collective influence of 122,000 members worldwide, ARS protects artists’ intellectual property and mobilizes its cultural and economic potential by:

  • Diligently ensuring the integrity of images and their use at a time when artists’ control of their rights is under threat;
  • Facilitating visibility of artists’ work across a wide array of print and new media platforms central to today’s image-intensive culture; and
  • Creating exciting licensing collaboration that bring artists’ works to new audiences.

    As a member of CISAC, the international umbrella organization for societies that monitor artists’ rights, ARS’s reach is global. This potent network, spanning six continents, ensures artists’ copyrights are protected and accessible for appropriate use around the world.

    ARS is proud of its service to artists, their families, and foundations. Its legal team has resolved countless infringements of artists’ rights. Its licensing staff draws on experience executing tens of thousands of permissions, from consumer products to advertising campaigns and editorial uses, to ensure that artists’ rights are fairly compensated. Finally, ARS continues to lobby for effective artists’ rights laws in the U.S., particularly institution of the resale royalty.

    Learn more at Artists Rights Society

    DEWITT STERN | A RISK STRATEGIES COMPANY. Established in 1899, DeWitt Stern is the premier name in insurance and risk management for fine art, entertainment, media and private clients with a standard of exceptional service. From its inception, DeWitt Stern has been an innovation leader in insurance for the arts, from protecting Albert Einstein’s violin to pioneering a myriad of unique insurance products covering private collections, galleries, dealers, auction houses, museums, exhibitions, warehouses and foundations as well as feature film, television commercial production, Broadway shows and cultural institutions.

    The diverse assets and activities of artist-endowed foundations – from stewardship of collections to managing charitable programs and operating specialized facilities – creates a range of complex, nuanced risk issues and insurance needs too often addressed in a piecemeal manner.

    DeWitt Stern’s risk management leadership in the arts community stems from a conviction that people with deep knowledge and passion will be more effective in the service they deliver. DeWitt Stern marries the ardent expertise of its professionals with an approach based on a comprehensive evaluation of each client’s unique risk exposures.

    For the rapidly emerging field of artist-endowed foundations, access to knowledgeable innovation in risk protection is crucial to fulfilling their unique mission in cultural philanthropy and arts stewardship.

    Learn more at DeWitt Stern – Fine Arts.
    Read “An Insurance Handbook for Artist-Endowed Foundations

    UOVO. With a with a mission to transform the art storage and services experience, UOVO offers a holistic approach to collections management that has established a new paradigm for the stewardship of art, design, fashion, and archival collections.

    UOVO’s purpose-designed facilities, managed by a team of industry-leading experts, guarantee that precious works are safeguarded with the highest caliber of security, discretion, care, and professionalism. Clients’ needs are seamlessly met with a flexible range of climate-controlled spaces and services tailored to support collections of any scale. A dedicated account manager acts as a personal registrar to coordinate packing, transportation, and installation services, executed by experienced art handlers trained to work with a variety of media.

    As a partner to artist-endowed foundations, UOVO safeguards the artworks and archives that comprise an artist’s creative legacy and supports a foundation’s art stewardship activities throughout its lifecycle. UOVO has secured collections during estate settlement, organized collection inventory and digitization projects, provided tailored spaces for archivists, conservators, and photographers to work on-site, facilitated curator viewings for museum exhibition loans, and coordinated complex moves across cities and countries.

    UOVO is committed to helping artist-endowed foundations fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities and advance their charitable missions as stewards of artworks committed to the public benefit.

    Learn more at UOVO.
    Read “Collection Storage and Management: Effective Practices