Major Gifts Initiative

One of Philadelphia’s most prominent and popular showcases for performing arts, FringeArts was seeing major increases in attendance and interest from audiences, but did not have the capacity to raise money from individual donors. With this grant, the organization worked with consultants to develop a major gifts campaign, building strategies for cultivation while also upgrading data systems and training staff and board in cultivation. As a result of this work, total individual giving increased from $195,842 in 2009 to $474,542 in 2011. In addition, the FringeArts festival’s major donor pool increased to 200 by 2011.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.
Collaborators & Colleagues

Silvana Cardell is a choreographer, dancer and, educator, whose choreographic impulses are defined by her experience as an Argentine expatriate living, working, and raising a family in the United States.

In fall 2011, the Association for Public Art was featured in USA Today Travel as “the main reason Philadelphia is now said to have more public art than any other city.”

Grants & Grantees

Bristol Riverside Theatre created a managing director position, which led to audience growth and greater revenues.

Vox Populi and AUX Performance Space will host Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation, organized by AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

Grants & Grantees

Asian Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary and community-based arts center in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, invested in new staffing and operations for its 24,000-square-foot facility.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christophe Cherix is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is is a natural history museum dedicated to providing free public education in science.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jorge Valdivia is the Director of Performing Arts at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL. He served as a Center management panelist in 2011.

Questions of Practice

Hong, director of academic affairs and program development at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, looks at the opportunities presented by co-authorship through the lens of entrepreneurship.

Grants & Grantees

Group Motion, Philadelphia’s oldest contemporary dance company, commissioned choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for its dancers.

Questions of Practice

Yoshitomi, chief knowledge officer of MeaningMatters, LLC, responds to a few questions around “Pro-Am” and how cultural organizations engage with their communities and potential audiences.