Regrets of a Former Funder

Jul 13, 2011

Regrets of a Former Arts Funder
by John R. Killacky
Blue Avocado; June 23, 2011

As Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the San Francisco Foundation, I and philanthropic colleagues often bemoaned how fragile many culturally specific organizations were. One person would wonder why there were so few financially stable African American arts organizations. Then a multi-voiced litany of woes would commence about how many Asian and Latino arts nonprofits were floundering in just as weak a state. How was this possible..."

This article is a retrospective of what Killacky wishes grantmakers had considered in the past.

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DIVERSITY: Leadership
DIVERSITY: Diversity and the Arts
DIVERSITY: Disabled Community
DIVERSITY: African American / Black Community
DIVERSITY: Latino / Hispanic
DIVERSITY: Asian American
DIVERSITY: Administration
DIVERSITY: American Indian
DIVERSITY: Generations
DIVERSITY: Development / Fundraising
DIVERSITY: Socio-Economic Status