The MetLife Arts and Culture Initiative (2009-2011)
NFF partnered with the MetLife Foundation in 2009 to launch what became a multi-year initiative to strengthen the nation’s leading arts and culture organizations. Through a grant from the MetLife Foundation, NFF provided Dance/USA, Theatre Communications Group, League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and their members nationwide with financial tools and training to address the financial challenges precipitated by the recession.
NFF provided the nearly 2,000 member organizations access to financial guidance, tools, and support during these tough economic times. The services offered were customized based upon need and included a variety of workshops, webinars, “office hours”, recession planning and financial analysis.
Topics addressed included financial planning; understanding nonprofit financial statements; program economics; cash flow planning; strategic alliances and partnerships; accessing and managing credit; and planning, funding and financing facilities.