THEA 35100: Fund Raising for the Performing Arts

Arts Fund Raising

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Articles & News Stories

     Among the Subject Headings available here are "Fund Raising" and "Grants in Aid," which can be combined with "Theater" or "Performing Arts" or "Arts" to retrieve articles about fund raising in these areas.  If you use a Keyword search be sure to use a truncation symbol to cover slight differences in word form: theat* retrieves theater and theatre; grant* retrieves grant and grants.  A more targeted keyword approach would be to enter the name of a performing arts company as a keyword phrase (by putting it in quotation marks): "oregon shakespeare festival" and combine it with some likely keywords or-ed together: fund or grant or money or donation.     Among the Subject Headings available here are "Fund Raising," and "Grants,"  which can be combined with "Theater," "Performing Arts," or "Arts."  If you use a Keyword search be sure to use a truncation symbol to cover slight differences in word form: theat* retrieves theater and theatre; grant* retrieves grant and grants.     Run a Subject search on Theater and take a look at the "Related Subjects" for a long list of particular kinds of theaters.  For each of these, as for Theater, you can open the "Subdivisions" and look for articles under "Economic aspects" and "Finance"--the biggies--or under Company sales & Earnings, Donations, Government Finance, Growth, Industry Forecasts, and Industry Sales & Revenue.  An alternate approach would be to run a Subject search on "Fund Raising" or "Grants in Aid," open all the articles, and then in the search slot at the upper left enter "theater" or "performing arts" or "arts" as an additional Keyword.     The “News” section provides very extensive national and international newspaper coverage, so this is a good resource for news of recent fund raising activities and awards in the arts . Since this is a Keyword search of 100% full text, change the default search “Anywhere in the Document” to “In Headline and Lead Paragraphs”—since this will help ensure that your search term is the main topic. Be sure to use the truncation symbol--an exclamation point--to cover alternative word forms: theat! retrieves theater and theatre; grant! retrieves grant and grants.  And if you're looking for fairly recent stories on fund raising in the arts, be sure to set a limit in the "Specify date" field.
     This is also a good database for targeting news stories about community and regional theater.  Notice that under "Article Location" below the search slots you can choose to limit your search to news sources within a particular state.

Arts Funding Resources on the Web

Federal & State

Foundation Center

      The Foundation Center: Many of the resources here must be purchased, but the Foundation Center allows you a free registration which gives access to some materials and allows you to sign up for newsletters on grant opportunities in your area of interest, for instance arts, or health, or the environment.
  • Mouse over "Get Started: for the menu of options. Under "Learn About" there are free resources such as "Proposal Writing" and "Foundations and Fundraising," as well as some free resources under "Training Courses."
  • On the "Get Started" menu also look at the "Topical Resource Lists," where you'll be able to find fundraising information by category (note "Corporate Philanthropy in the Arts"). You will find some linked online resources, some articles that you can locate by doing a "Journal Titles" search at the top of the IC Library home page, and some books that you can look for by title in the IC collection, the Cornell Library collection, and in the WorldCat database--though which you can place interlibrary loan orders.
  • Also mouse over "Gain Knowledge" on the Foundation Center home page and take a look "Funding for the Arts," as well as the free resources available under "Research Studies," including "National Trends" and "Special Topic Trends," which in includes "Vital Signs: Arts Funding in the Current Economy October 2010." .
  • Also mouse over "Find Funders" to access the "Foundation Finder"--where you can search by foundation name or city, state, zip code--or the "990 Finder" which offers free access to 990 PF forms.


     GuideStar: 990 filings provide a financial x-ray of non-profit organizations--including many theaters and theater companies.  Most resources here must be purchased, but the site does offer a free search of 990 filings with a Keyword component (use "advanced" search) so that in addition to searching specific organizations already known to you--Oregon Shakespeare Festival--you can enter terms likely to occur in the names of the types of organizations that interest you--theater/theatre--limit the location by city and/or state, and retrieve all the nonprofit organizations with those words in their name. After selecting one, choose "Forms 990 & Docs"--accessible via a free registration.

Arts Funding At Large

U.S. Census Bureau: Arts Data

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