Grants for art museums

474 art museums received at least $231.6 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 3,174 grants made from 2,054 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,200. Of these 2,054 foundations, 75% made just a single grant to art museums, and 4% made grants to four or more art museums. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$231,619,128
Total grant dollars given to art museums
3,174
Number of grants made annually to art museums
2,054
Number of grantmakers funding art museums
$1,200
Median grant size to art museums

Foundations that support art museums

Out of all grants made to art museums, 80% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 89% of the dollar-value of grants to art museums. Foundations funding art museums also made grants to universities, history museums, theaters, performing arts centers, and high schools.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,654
Medium
 
257
Large
 
143
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
35
Private
 
1,867
Corporate
 
89
Other
 
63

Grants made

Grants made to art museumsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,542
2-3
 
421
4-10
 
80
11+
 
11

Top 10 foundations supporting art museums

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to art museumsNumber of grants made to art museumsMedian grant size
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.3%62$1,600
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%44$300
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%43$2,000
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%36$1,500
The Columbus FoundationOHState0.1%27$5,000
Charity Partners FoundationMANational0.5%21$8
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)WAMetro0.2%19$1,000
Baird FoundationWINational0.5%16$750
Milton and Sally Avery Arts FoundationNYMetro14.4%14$4,000
Greater Worcester Community FoundationMAMetro0.3%13$1,500

Art museums grantees

Art museums with more than $5 million in total revenues received 98% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 74% of all art museums.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
3,154
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
20

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$2,125
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
941
California
 
296
Massachusetts
 
202
Florida
 
165
Other
 
1,570

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
928
Los Angeles
 
144
Boston
 
121
Miami
 
97
Other
 
1,759

Top 25 grants made to art museums

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Museum of Fine Arts$105,485,818Cash and Net Asset ValueFidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation
Whitney Museum of American Art$34,299,800Donation of Cash and Artworks By Roy Lichtenstein for the Museum's Collection of His WorkRoy Lichtenstein Foundation
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art$11,500,000Arts & CultureTown Branch Foundation
Taubman Museum of Art$11,005,187Operating ContributionTaubman Foundation for the Arts
Portland Art Museum$9,431,837Arts, Culture & HumanitiesThe Oregon Community Foundation
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art$8,000,000Arts & CultureThe Builders Initiative
Denver Art Museum$5,500,000ConstructionUniversity of Denver (DU)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art$5,200,000Capital CampaignCommunity Foundation of Greater Memphis
Museum of Fine Arts$5,000,000Construction, Organization SupportFidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation
Denver Art Museum$3,597,272General SupportThe Denver Art Museum Foundation
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum$3,078,000General SupportBurnett Foundation
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum$2,967,750General SupportBurnett Foundation / Dee Kelly JR Ttee
Hammer Museum$2,751,434General SupportUcla Foundation
Charlotte Street Foundation$2,616,907Arts, Culture & HumanitiesGreater Kansas City Community Foundation
Denver Art Museum$2,610,759Gifts for Art, Exhibitions, and Special ProjectsThe Denver Art Museum Foundation
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art$2,520,894Arts, Culture & HumanitiesGreater Kansas City Community Foundation
Baltimore Museum of Art$2,500,000General SupportThe Eddie C and C Sylvia Brown Family Foundation
Studio Museum in Harlem$2,500,000To Support the Construction of the Museum's New Building, and Capacity Enhancement As the Museum Prepares for Transition To Its Expanded HomeAndrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)$2,500,000Unrestricted GrantNoel and Harriette Levine Foundation
Whitney Museum of American Art$2,500,000Unrestricted Charitable UseBluhm Family Charitable Foundation
The Contemporary Jewish Museum$5,000General Operating SupportShimon Ben Joseph Foundation
Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center$5,000To Support Mission of the OrganizationThe Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV)
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA)$5,000Unrestricted SupportLenore Hanauer Foundation
Shelburne Museum$5,000General PurposeThe Rittenberg Family Foundation
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art$5,0002018 Splendor GalaCheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Art museums" category for this page is determined by the "A51: Art Museums" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.