The NCAR Fundraising Report

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released the most comprehensive report to date on national fundraising trends in the arts and cultural sector, the latest in the Center’s series of data-based insights on the health of the industry. The NCAR Fundraising Report is the only report to examine fundraising across genre, organization size and geographic location, based on data provided by over 2,700 organizations across 11 arts disciplines, showing trends over the four-year period 2011-2014.

Updates from the National Center for Arts Research

Think Big

Karen Brooks Hopkins, NCAR Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, provides suggestions for administrators and community leaders who face a divide between small and large arts and cultural organizations.

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their context are woven together in shared potential and shared challenges. The NCAR Fundraising Report provides relevant, timely data to help us clarify and wrestle with the pertinent fundraising questions in front of us.

bubble

The arts don’t exist in a bubble, yet we often act as if they do. At such moments, we cut ourselves off from both audiences and donors who may not share our assumptions, conventions, language, and ideals for how arts or culture experiences should work.