Artist-Endowed Foundations: Two New Publications from The Aspen Institute

Artist-Endowed Foundations: Two New Publications from The Aspen Institute

News story posted in Foundations on 22 November 2013| comments
audience: National Publication | last updated: 22 November 2013


The Aspen Institute has announced the release of two brand new free online publications as a follow-up of its 2010 study for artists interested in creating a private foundation and we have them for you right here!

National Study of Artist–Endowed Foundations
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.

To access all of these reports free of charge, go to

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