TFAO financial assistance: funding strategy and preferences


(above: Charles Reiffel, Summer Session at Ballast Point, San Diego, 1930, Vallejo Gallery. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


We prefer initiating seed or challenge grants to museums and cultural centers. Where practical, generating competitive behavior among prospective donors is a strategy we endorse and have found repetitively successful. Also, we find that being a seed donor -- either first donor or among a among a set of initial donors to a project -- creates momentum for grants from other sources.

There is no fixed level of funding for projects, however we prefer that our grants be less than $12,000 per project and comprise around 10 to 25% of total project costs. Depending on circumstances, grants may be issued 100% up front or follow a phased schedule.

We employ qualitative impact analysis as well as quantitative cost/benefit analysis, modified for museum experiences and informed by available metrics.*

For exhibition projects, we are also amenable to sponsoring single out of pocket line items such as paper-printed brochures or online catalogs. 

Checks are sent to recipients usually within two weeks of grant approval.

* For outdoor exhibits, metrics may include historic and projected pedestrian and vehicle traffic exposure, seasonal pedestrian patterns and website data. For indoor exhibits, both onsite and online statistics are relevant.


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