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The COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund Announces $4 Million in Grants to 467 Arts & Culture Organizations and 1,025 Artists

6/30/2020 |

June 30, 2020 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA) today reported that $4 million from the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund has been awarded to 467 arts and culture organizations as well as 1,025 individual artists since it opened on April 13. This unprecedented collaborative effort, which was created by GPCA, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) focused on supporting individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (Annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (Annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, revenues, work and livelihood have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full press release here

Barra Partners Launch Regional Fund to Support Arts & Culture Sector

4/8/2020 |

A collaborative of foundations, The City of Philadelphia and The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Fund worked together to launch the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL Fund. The new fund will serve individual artists, as well as small and mid-sized cultural organizations that have been devastated by the pandemic.

Barra was one of the lead funders with a $250,000 contribution. The total amount raised at the launch on April 8 was $3.45 million. Donors are encouraged to give to increase the funding to address the overwhelming need in the region. Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story announcing the fund and visit the website to learn more about how to donate or apply.

The Barra Board of Directors and staff are also considering ways to address the recovery issues and longer-term needs that will arise as organizations continue to deal with the public health and economic crises.   Please read this message, which provides details about our response.

Immediate Response to the Effects of COVID-19

4/2/2020 |

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted all of us to adapt and consider new ways to face the unprecedented challenges that face all of us. To help address nonprofits’ immediate challenges, Barra is immediately dedicating $520,000 in grants to respond to the short-term needs of the region’s nonprofit organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to read the Philadelphia Inquirer story.

Getting the Best Possible Failures in Philanthropy

1/27/2020 |

Experimentation and learning are in Barra’s DNA.  The late Robert L. McNeil, Jr., the former Chairman of McNeil Laboratories, created the foundation and encouraged innovative thinking and testing. With these roots in the scientific method, we know that failure is part of the process of learning. Some of the best learning comes from efforts that fail, but go on to advance the field in significant ways.

In the coming year, look for more from us – and you – about learning.

Read the article: Getting the Best Possible Failures in Philanthropy

Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative

12/18/2017 |

This fall, seven Greater Philadelphia nonprofit organizations began a two-year evaluation capacity program led by The Consultation Center at Yale. Co-funded with The Scattergood Foundation, Barra provided $355,950 that will support five organizations’ participation beginning in 2017 and five organizations in 2018. Through this “beyond the money” effort, Barra aims to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to self-assess, evaluate and innovate. The 2017-2019 Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative (BECI) cohort is as follows:

  • Children’s Literacy Initiative
  • Coatesville Youth Initiative
  • MANNA
  • Starfinder Foundation
  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
  • Vetri Community Partnership
  • WHYY

Click here to learn more about BECI.

Why unrestricted funding? Two Barra Award winners dish on the benefits.

12/6/2017 |

Generocity’s Brittany Barbato made the case for unrestricted funding and highlighted the work of Barra grantees Neighborhood Bike Works and Tiny WPA. “Unrestricted funding gives mission-based organizations like us the breathing room to focus on program planning, innovation and building a healthier organization,” said Steve Maluk of Neighborhood Bike Works. Click here to read the full story.

Barra Awards bring $2 million to arts, education, health & human services

12/6/2017 |

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Culture Writer Peter Dobrin shined a light on 2018-2019 Barra Awardee BalletX. “It’s just a phenomenal gift, to be able to get general operating support,” said Christine Cox, artistic and executive director of BalletX. “Donors sometimes want to support specific projects, and often that can lead the organization to build too many tentacles. Having an acknowledgment of the work we’ve done from such a prestigious foundation is really gratifying and comes at a really critical time in our development as an organization.” Click here to read the brief.

Press Release: Barra Awardees Announced

12/5/2017 |

In line with its mission to invest in innovation in the social sector, The Barra Foundation has granted $2,150,000 in unrestricted funding to the recipients of its 2018-2019 Barra Awards, which acknowledge and advance exemplary nonprofit organizations in Greater Philadelphia. Forty-three organizations will each receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding over a two-year period. Since its 2013 inception, the Barra Awards has granted more than $6 million to area nonprofits.

“Without unrestricted capital, nonprofits have little margin for error or appetite for innovation. Through the Barra Awards we hope to provide organizations with some financial breathing room and their leaders with opportunities to learn from their peers—a diverse and inspiring network of entrepreneurial thinkers from across the nonprofit sector,” said Kristina Wahl, president of The Barra Foundation.

Read the complete Press Release.

You Can Now Lend Money to Philly Businesses with Kiva Zip

12/17/2014 |

Technical.ly Philly recently featured the local launch of an innovative tool to support entrepreneurs: “Philadelphia is helping local businesses get startup capital. Not startup venture capital — just good old fashioned small business loans, but these come with zero percent interest. The loans come through Kiva Zip, a crowdfunding platform where people lend money to a business and get paid back over the course of the loan term, which could be anywhere from six months to two years.” Read more.
Technical.ly Philly, November 2014

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