Data Partners

The Cultural Data Project (CDP) is a powerful, online management system designed to strengthen the arts and cultural sector. It contains organization-level fiscal, employment, donor, and attendance data on more than 14,000 arts and cultural organizations in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts.  NASAA is providing data on state arts funding.

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States, whose mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.

The NEA Office of Research & Analysis has produced landmark research reports that have provoked national debate on issues surrounding the arts and arts education. Among these is the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation’s largest and most representative periodic study of adult participation in arts events and activities, conducted by the NEA in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.

New York-based Theatre Communications Group (TCG), whose mission is to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre, will also contribute organizational-level data gathered from its annual fiscal and attendance surveys of over 400+ theatres across the country.

Indices and Dashboard Creation Partners

IBM will create and donate the NCAR’s online interactive “dashboard” enabling arts organizations to access the center’s data. IBM will spend approximately 18 months developing and customizing the dashboard, which is expected to be ready for use in late 2014.

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is a national leader in nonprofit, philanthropic and social enterprise finance. NFF provides loan financing, access to capital and direct advisory services that build the capacity and the financial health of mission-driven organizations. NFF has been working with the NCAR to develop the financial measures used in the dashboard and the annual state-of-the-arts report.

TRG Arts is a national consulting firm that provides arts, culture and entertainment clients with guidance and solutions to grow patrons and sustainable revenue. The firm maintains household-level, arts consumption behavior data for more than 25 million households patronizing over 1,200 arts organizations in 20 markets.

Strategy Partners

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) provided nine weeks of pro-bono consulting to assist NCAR in establishing a vision, mission, scope, governance and structure. The work resulted in a strategic plan for NCAR’s first three to five years, and BCG continues to support our efforts through representation on our Advisory Board.

Visionary Founding Donors

More than a dozen visionary foundations and individual arts patrons have also supported NCAR with financial investments, including the Communities Foundation of Texas, M. R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation, Jennifer and Peter Altabef, Marilyn Augur, Molly Byrne, Bess and Ted Enloe, Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Carol and Don Glendenning, Jeanne R. Johnson, Nancy Nasher, Nancy Perot, Bonnie Pitman, Caren Prothro and Donna Wilhelm.