Bloomberg Philanthropies Offers Funding to NYC Cultural Groups

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Many of the city's small and medium-sized arts organizations will be crossing their fingers as they check the mail this month. On Tuesday, the Mayor's charitable organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced that it will invite 250 arts organizations to apply for $32 million in funding as part of an "Arts Advancement Initiative."

Many of the arts organizations receiving invitations to apply for the funding have previously gotten grants from the Carnegie Corporation. Much of that funding was thanks to an anonymous donor to Carnegie, believed to be Bloomberg himself.

"Towards the end of the fiscal year everybody would yell and scream and jump up and down and say it came, aren't we happy," said Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum of Art.

Finkelpearl notes that the new funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies sounds like it has a more stringent application process. "With Carnegie it was just a check," he says of the $900,000 the museum received over seven years.

One organization, Harlem Stage, has confirmed that they have received an invitation to apply for the funds. Bloomberg Philanthropies declined to specify how the 250 organizations were chosen, other than that they were selected from "a wide range of visual and performing arts organizations" in the city's five boroughs.

For Finkelpearl, the possibility of receiving funding thanks to a charity connected to the Mayor doesn't present any conflicts of interest. "In my mind, there's the Mayor over here, and then there's Mike Bloomberg the philanthropist over there. They happen to be the same person, but I try to keep them separate in my mind," he said.


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Farai Jeyacheya from Ireland

78 Gleann na Ri,
Dublin 18,

Tel : 0870609994/ 0863295514. Our Ref : 10/11

E mail :

Date 22 Feb 2011

The Manager,
Bloomberg Philanthropies


1. I have the honour to submit my letter on the above subject, Zimbabwe Heritage Trust a voluntary non profit making organisation representing marginalized ethnic minority communities well over 3 000 .The Trust relies on donations to run its projects in Ireland . The overall objectives of the Zimbabwe Heritage Trust are :

(a) Fosters social inclusion programmes and integration through various activities eg sports,cultural and commemoration of historical events, etc.

(b) Preservation of cultural values in order to avoid identity crisis to the children born in diaspora. Our main focus being on our youths.

(c) Educate community on anti gender violence and gender equity.

2. For our organisation to achieve these objectives we desperately need some funds for office accommodation and for running our projects in Ireland.

3. It is against this background that, we kindly request you to assist us in order to facilitate our planned projects .

4. Kindest regards.

Farai Jeyacheya
Zimbabwe Heritage Trust

Feb. 21 2011 07:50 PM
Blogmaiden from worldwide

This is excellent news. When I worked at McGraw-Hill, there was a corporate matching programme - whereby if an employee donated $x dollars, the company matched it. I wonder if Bloomberg's philanthropy will invite copycats elsewhere to support the arts?

Feb. 15 2011 09:13 PM
Emily from Brooklyn

Is there any known way to improve an organization's chances of being selected, now or in the future?

Feb. 15 2011 04:55 PM

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