The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI aims to strengthen the charitable impact of this emerging field by addressing the significant information gap facing those who create, lead, govern, and advise artist-endowed foundations. It implements this strategy through research, publication, leadership convening, professional development, and events to share knowledge with key audiences. The AEFI’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations is the first effort to define and describe the artist-endowed foundation field in the US.
Volume 1 of the Study Report – Findings: Overview of the Field – provides leaders in philanthropy, the arts, education, and journalism with an overview of the artist-endowed foundation field, its origins and development, scale and scope, organizational characteristics and charitable activities, current status, trends, and prospects. It examines the factors influencing the field since its emergence at the turn of the 20th century, including external influences, such as public tax policies, as well as internal influences, particularly artists’ demographics and characteristics.