Our Impact

Testimonial Portrait

“It saved us hours, I can’t thank [the CDP partners] enough. [Previously] we spent hours reinterpreting our budget.”

- Organizational user in Pennsylvania

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About the CDP

The Cultural Data Project (CDP) offers a unique system that enables arts and cultural organizations to enter financial, programmatic and operational data into a standardized online form.  Organizations can then use the CDP to produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges and inform decision-making. They can also generate reports to be included as part of the application processes to participating grantmakers.

The CDP was first launched in Pennsylvania in 2004 through the collaboration of a group of public and private grantmakers and arts advocates who formed the CDP’s Governing Group. Based on its success in Pennsylvania, the CDP began a process of national expansion, and now serves more than 14,000 arts and cultural organizations in 12 states and the District of Columbia. In each participating state, the CDP is the result of a collaborative partnership of public and private funders and advocacy agencies.

The CDP is the emerging national standard for data collection in the arts and cultural sector. The CDP offers a turnkey solution to each state, with all technology and services provided centrally through the CDP’s Philadelphia headquarters. CDP staff support all current and future participants, including organizations, grantmakers and researchers/advocates.

The CDP was operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts until 2013, and is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a national board of directors and governance structure.

The CDP was developed with input and feedback from the cultural community and with the following consultants and vendors:

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