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Funding Partners Provide $4.85 Million for Technology, Operations, Education, and Expansion

  • Posted Sep 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Since becoming independent from The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2013, DataArts has secured $4.85 million in leadership gifts to support the development of new technology, educational resources, and expanded operations. We are deeply grateful to the following transformation funders whose support will allow DataArts to continue to develop and enhance its platform and services over the next few years.

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies renewed its longstanding partnership with and support of DataArts through a multi-year funding commitment in 2016. DataArts is providing Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) grantees—260 small- and mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations in six U.S. cities—with training, educational resources, and analytic reports generated through their participation in the CDP;
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation made a $1 million grant to support the technology development of a reimagined, more user-centric data management platform and enhanced CDP, and the development of a technology infrastructure and replacement reserve;
  • The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded to DataArts a $500,000 Advancement grant to support the implementation of a user-friendly technology platform and data collection tool;
  • William Penn Foundation awarded $500,000 to DataArts to develop and deploy its next generation software platform;
  • The Heinz Endowments awarded to DataArts a $230,000 grant to support the development of the new technology system and data literacy curriculum;
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation awarded to DataArts a $200,000 grant for development of the new DataArts system and enhanced CDP;
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation awarded to DataArts a $120,000 grant to establish an educational curriculum that supports the ability of professionals at nonprofit dance, jazz, theater, and presenting organizations to better understand and use data in ways that improve their work; and $30,000 for continued development of the educational curriculum;
  • The Barra Foundation awarded to DataArts a $120,000 grant for development of the education curriculum for data fluency for arts professionals;
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation awarded to DataArts a $100,000 grant in support of DataArts’ efforts to build the capacity of under-resourced arts nonprofits; and
  • The Barr Foundation awarded to DataArts a $50,000 grant to enhance the DataArts platform as a resource for arts advocates.