A national network of private, public, and corporate arts funders, Grantmakers in the Arts provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of the arts and culture.

Who We Are

Grantmakers in the Arts is the only national association of both public and private arts and culture funders in the US, including independent and family foundations, public agencies, community foundations, corporate philanthropies, nonprofit regrantors, and national service organizations – funders of all shapes and sizes across the US and into Canada.


Arts, culture, and creative expression are broadly valued as essential to the human experience and recognized as core to connecting individuals building resilient communities that help shape responses to societal challenges and changes. Expanded, robust, and constantly evolving private and public support systems for artists and arts organizations function effectively at every level: individual, community, regional, and national. Philanthropic leadership enthusiastically embraces the arts as critical to its giving philosophy, and political decision makers set policy that furthers support of the arts and cultures of all people in the public sphere.

Guiding Principles


GIA draws strength from and welcomes the engagement of diverse voices and perspectives in shaping and furthering its work, particularly from those who philanthropically support arts, culture and creative expression.


In its internal operations and external programs, GIA prioritizes actions that result in more equitable access for populations that have, in the past, been systemically oppressed leading to less opportunity for philanthropic and governmental support.


At the intersection of philanthropy and the arts, GIA breaks down silos by creating and strengthening connections with, and for, those within its membership and constituency and across sectors.


GIA fosters meaningful knowledge, information, dialogue, and learning that leads arts and culture funders to be better stewards and more impactful and effective in their work.