According to new MCF research, Minnesota grantmaking to the arts rebounded significantly in 2010, growing to $129 million, which is 20% above 2009 levels. The rise follows an almost steady decline in arts giving since 2004.
Grantmaking to the arts, culture and humanities increased the most dramatically of any of eight subject areas in 2010* according to early conclusions from MCF’s research, Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition.
All Grantmaker Types Increase Arts Funding
Corporate grantmakers gave half of all grant dollars to arts organizations in 2010, increasing their support to nearly $63 million. As has been the case since 2002, Target was Minnesota’s largest 2010 arts funder, providing around $34 million.
Private foundations contributed $44 million to arts, culture and humanities. The McKnight Foundation gave almost $10 million and ranked third in overall arts grantmaking.
Community/public foundations donated $22 million to the arts, an 85% increase over 2009. Several large gifts accounted for most of the jump: The Minneapolis Foundation made sizable donor-advised contributions to the Minnesota Orchestra, Yale University and the Guthrie Theater. The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation made a generous gift to the Arts Partnership, a collaboration of the Minnesota Opera, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Schubert Club and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Performing Arts Gets Largest Share; Museum Funding Also Up
As in past years, the performing arts subcategory received the largest share of arts grants dollars, almost $48 million in 2010. Much of this 25% increase over 2009 is due to capital grants made to the Minnesota Orchestra, which topped the list of arts recipients in 2010.
Giving to museums increased significantly to $24 million, making this subcategory the second largest within arts. Gifts by several grantmakers to Smithsonian Institution museums contributed to the rise. Giving to six of nine arts subcategories grew in 2010, with significant increases to historical societies and the humanities.
MCF’s complete Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition will be released in October. Pre-releases on giving to arts and education are available here.
*The 2010 research year includes the fiscal year of any Minnesota foundation or corporate giving program that ends between 6-1-10 and 5-31-11 — the latest time period for which complete data are available.
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate
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