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What are best practices for funding arts organizations?

Philanthropy Roundtable just published our "Major Achievements in Art Philanthropy" guide. The first entry in Philanthropy Roundtable’s Almanac of American Philanthropy is an encyclopedia-style look at the major achievements in American arts-and-culture philanthropy. I was engaged to write the section, as well as two forthcoming sections (on local philanthropy and nature philanthropy). The big picture was to provide a look at effective giving through American history, a look that would give today’s philanthropists insight into how to give their own money wisely.

A decision was ultimately made not to include introductory notes with each section; I had submitted some with mine but not all the authors had. I thought I would share them here and give readers a big-picture look at the trends I saw during my research.

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