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
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
The Gaylord & Dorthy Donnelley Foundation
The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust
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
Marcia Festen, Director
“Outside Perspectives" Provide a Clear View
In 2014 Rivendell received a grant of $10,800 from the Arts Work Fund to work with Cheryl Yuen to ...
Reaching Beyond Dance-Centric Supporters
DanceWorks Chicago has been successful in telling its story in a way that has organically attracted a board populated with ...
A Roadmap for Future Development
In 2014, ACRE received a $13,000 grant from the Arts Work Fund to undertake a strategic planning process with ...
In late 2014, the then 13-year-old community arts organization has just purchased a 6,000-sq. ft. facility and was readying ...
Grantee Gathering 2017
When we asked: "What is the single most important lesson you have learned from capacity building?", participants had a ...
Nonprofit Financial Management
The Wallace Foundation has created a collection of resources to encourage strong financial management. It's organized around four ...
AWF Info Session Documentation
An information session was held on June 8, 2016 at PianoForté in Chicago
Arthur Pearson, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation ...
Collective Insights: Innovative Outreach Strategies are Winning New Audiences
Recently, the Arts Work Fund convened a group of arts organizations to reflect on recent grants geared toward testing new ...