Our Impact

Testimonial Portrait

“I was struck yet again with the brilliance of this vision, as someone grasping routinely for powerful stories and sorely needed national metrics to calm the nerves of those that fail see the role of the arts in the fabric of well-balanced communities…in our state houses… in our nation’s capital.”

- Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director, Ballet Austin, Austin, TX

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Who We Serve

Through the collection and dissemination of comprehensive, high-quality longitudinal data, the CDP serves the following three constituencies:

Grantmakers

Participating in the CDP is a strategic investment in the arts and cultural sector.  In addition to supporting the creation of a national database for use in research and advocacy, grantmakers support the capacity building of their applicants and receive consistent, reliable reports customized to meet the needs of each funding program. 

Researchers and Advocates

Through carefully crafted projects, researchers and advocates can use CDP data to tell a detailed, fact-based story about the sector’s impact, assets and needs, help identify opportunities and challenges for organizations and the field, and ultimately increase cultural policy expertise.

Cultural Organizations

Arts and cultural organizations now have access to a user-friendly online management tool designed to strengthen their organizations, lessen the burden of preparing grant application materials and simplify the generation of reports that can help to make an effective case for support to donors and policymakers.