SMU DataArts - Cultural Data Profile


WHITE WAVE RISING Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Brooklyn, NY. Image credit: Paula Lubo WHITE WAVE RISING Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Brooklyn, NY. Image credit: Paula Lubo

The Fundraising Report

Ever wonder how much contributed revenue to expect for every dollar spent on fundraising?  What do other organizations in the same arts and cultural sector tend to attract from each source of contributed funds?  What are trends in giving, and what characteristics of my community and organization influence contributed revenue levels?  Do all arts organizations tend to cover a similar level of expenses with contributed dollars, or does it vary by sector, size, and market?

We provide answers to these questions in SMU DataArts’ Fundraising Report, which uniquely examines the 2017 results of fundraising efforts of over 2,421 organizations across 11 different arts and cultural sectors throughout the nation.  You’ll also see trends for a subset of over 1,888 organizations over the four-year period from 2014 to 2017.  We provide these valuable insights and useful tools to help arts and cultural leaders tell their story, overcome challenges, and increase impact.


Webinar Recordings | 

Key Takeaways from the Author

Zannie Voss discusses key findings of the Fundraising Report, providing you with the data needed to make informed decisions about spending, followed by a Q&A with attendees.

What Leadership and Board Members Need to Know

Director Zannie Voss and special guest Karen Brooks Hopkins, Nasher Haemisegger Fellow discuss key insights into the latest findings on fundraising to help you maximize your efforts and diversify your donor profile.

Read Our Other Reports:

The Working Capital Report

In its “Working Capital Report,” NCAR found on average, arts and culture organizations had working capital equivalent to five months’ worth of total expenses.

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The Bottom Line Report

The report examines organizational bottom lines using data collected from over 4,800 organizations between 2013 and 2016. Overall, the report shows that it has become increasingly difficult for arts and cultural organizations to break even, a trend that is particularly alarming given the current period of economic growth in the U.S.

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The Expense Report

People are essential to the creation, education, and production of art. However, arts and cultural workers often find themselves fighting to increase the public's perception of their value and to get paid. It may be paying off. 

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