Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI

ghrsthtgBearing names such as Frankenthaler, Haring, Lichtenstein, Mapplethorpe, Pollock-Krasner, Rauschenberg, and Warhol, private foundations created by visual artists are a rapidly emerging force in cultural philanthropy and artistic heritage stewardship. The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI aims to strengthen the charitable impact of this emerging field by addressing the significant information gap facing those who create, lead, govern, and advise artist-endowed foundations. It implements this strategy through research, publication, leadership convening, professional development, and events to share knowledge with key audiences.

A Selection of Artist-Endowed Foundations in the U.S.

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AEFI Mourns the Passing of a Dear Friend

The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI mourns the loss of its Honorary Chair of Advisors, Charles C. Bergman (1933-2018). Charlie’s intrepid advocacy for support to individual artists, as Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, inspired the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations and its mission to educate about artists’ philanthropy. His generous spirit and wise guidance will be missed by those of us here at the Aspen Institute as well as the many leaders in the greater artist-endowed foundation field who are inspired by his example.  Please enjoy this profile of Charlie Bergman.