About:

The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development is a funder collaborative created to help strengthen the management and operations of small arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and Cook County.

Grants are available for arts and cultural organizations with operating expenses between $50,000 and $800,000 to build capacity in five key areas: Building Visibility Defining Direction Improving Systems Strengthening Leadership Increasing Resources

Our Partners

The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development is a knowledgeable conduit for foundations, corporations, and individuals who want to support the arts, as well as a source for helping funders understand areas of greatest need. Our current funding partners are:

 

 

 

The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
Polk Bros. Foundation
Leo S. Guthman Fund
Exelon
The Gaylord & Dorthy Donnelley Foundation
Driehaus Foundation
Kassie Davis Fund
The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust
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Our Leadership

Steering Committee

Sandra Aponte, The Chicago Community Trust
Frank Baiocchi, Polk Bros. Foundation
Julia Mayer, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Melissa Phipps, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
Lauren Krieg, Leo S. Guthman Fund
Deborah Liverett, Northern Trust
Arthur Pearson, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
Laura Samson, Boeing
Steve Solomon, Exelon

Staff

Marcia Festen, Director

The Arts Work Fund invests in the financial sustainability, management, governance and growth capacities of small arts and cultural organizations located in the Chicago metropolitan region.

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Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development
P.O. Box 577309
Chicago, IL 60657-7309
773.296.2601 PHONE
773.435.6532 FAX

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