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Arts Administration II: Data and Information Sources

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Grant makers

Foundation Center website. The Foundation Center is the major source of information about philanthropy worldwide.  It collects data, publishes reports, maintains online databases and provides analyses and training. 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.

Fact Sheets for Artistic Fields

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA). “The mission ... is to provide leadership and service to advance the use of philanthropic resources on behalf of arts and culture."

GIA Readers

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).   Founded by Paul Newman in 1999, CECP is “a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance."

Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition


Associated Grant Makers (AGM).  Membership association.  Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


Kickstarter.  Crowdfunding platform for creative projects in film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.


Chronicle of Philanthropy.  News about nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.


BU Office of Sponsored Programs: Funding Information.


BU Arts Initiative: Grants.

Donor Research

Statistics of Income Bulletins (IRS).
From the summer of 1981 to the present.  See also Historical Data and Tables. Statistics based on federal estate tax returns.

Portico: Web Resources for Advancement Professionals.

OpenSecrets (Center for Responsive Politics). 
Provides information on organizations and special interest groups contributing to national and state politics.

GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations  
Includes IRS Form 990

Example:  Boston Lyric Opera.

Business Tutorial: GuideStar Premium


National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS): Urban Institute
National clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the U.S.  (Note  9/28/16:  website can't open file for financials).  Includes IRS Form 990.  Register for more information.

Academic charts online : music data analysis (ACO) 
“…database of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic license from Billboard, Official Chart Company, IFPI, Media Control, ARIA and more. A single search allows you to interpret, graph, analyze, compare and contrast musical trends in place and time. Includes: Audio samples for each track and album; Links to key scholarly music journals, databases and other resources…”

Foundation Center. Research Studies: National Trends
“Our funding trends reports provide the latest data available on every aspect of U.S. foundation philanthropy. Our team of research experts analyzes and interprets the data on foundations that we collect — providing a national data source unique for its scope, depth, and historical value.”  Reports are available for download in PDF format.  Examples of reports are Foundation StatsNational Trend ReportsUnderstanding and Benchmarking Foundation PaymentKey Facts on Corporate FoundationsKey Facts on Community Foundations, and many more.

National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC). 
“open-access research data on arts and culture in the United States. We provide data for use with statistical packages (SPSS, Stata, SAS, and R), for use with Excel, and for online analysis. Each dataset is accompanied by full documentation, such as codebooks, questionnaires, and user guides."

Example:  State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015)