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2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Arts Edition: Full Results and Summary
In the 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, NFF made a targeted effort to build knowledge and dialogue about the health and vitality of the Arts, Culture & Humanities sector. Nonprofits that identified their sector as "Arts/Culture/Humanities" received an additional set of sector-specific questions in addition to regular survey questions. This report details full data results from the 919 respondents in this sector who participated in the 2014 Survey.

Arts and Culture


  • Change Capital in Action: Lessons Learned from Leading Arts Organizations shares the results of Leading for the Future (LFF), a five-year program that has invested change capital in ten leading performing arts organizations to support and sustain their business and artistic adaptation.
  • Check out the recently launched Inaugural NCAR Report from The National Center for Arts Research. This detailed report shares evidence-based insights into the health of arts and cultural organizations in America.

For over 30 years, NFF has been helping arts and cultural organizations solve their financial challenges and plan for a more vibrant, healthy future. We have worked with more than 1,300 arts organizations across the country, from small neighborhood-based community centers to large performing arts organizations and museums.

What We Do

Our team of arts experts assist organizations facing a range of artistic and business opportunities, from change, to growth, to collaboration, customizing our approach to individual circumstances and organizational sizes. For nonprofits, we provide sector-specific financial consulting services and access to capital, both loans and grants. NFF also provides funder services to support effective grantmaking in the arts. We advocate for improved funding and financing practices and better dialogue between arts organizations and their supporters.

On the Boards

Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives

We work with foundations and nonprofits to delve into specific financial issues relevant to a cohort of organizations. In addition to testing innovative shared approaches and examining sector trends, we focus on each nonprofit's unique financial situation.

Boston Center for the Arts

NFF Research & Reports

Read our reports specific to Arts and Culture
See a full list of NFF research across sectors


Social Currency Blog

Essays and Commentary

Blogs dedicated to arts and culture
NFF's Social Currency Blog 
NFF's Money & Mission on The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Jose MateoClient Stories

NFF has worked with more than 1,300 arts and culture organizations, from grassroots art studios to large renowned theaters, partnering with funders with varying grantmaking budgets, interests, and needs. Our understanding of the sector is bolstered by this breadth and depth in service. Check out our client features for On the Boards, ArtsQuest, and Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

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For arts organizations, a declaration that economic ‘hard times’ have ended is premature. The more than 900 arts organizations who responded to NFF’s annual survey report that their crisis isn’t over. While they’ve largely been able to meet demand, even as it continues to grow, they have done so by steadily exhausting the available strategies for cutting costs. This presentation highlights these and other stories from arts organizations across the country.

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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

"When Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre started to work with NFF seventeen years ago, the organization had posted operating deficits for many years in a row, audits were issued with ongoing concerns, and the future looked shaky at best. Seventeen years later, the organization is consistently posting operating surpluses and working to build a robust balance sheet. I cannot speak highly enough about NFF. NFF staff are true capacity builders and leave organizations with an enhanced understanding of the role of finance in service to mission."

Scott Fraser Managing Director, JMBT

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