Why a UAF For Tulsa?

A 2003 study by the Urban Institute for Americans for the Arts suggests that those cities with united arts funds have stronger arts organizations than those without. The study analyzed the top 25 arts organizations in 29 communities with united arts funds and 29 communities without united arts funds. Researchers found that those art organizations supported by a united arts fund had more revenue and twice the net worth of their counterparts in non-arts fund cities.

Cities that have a United Arts Fund receive 56% of their funding from corporations and workplace giving. They also receive an average of 8% from their local governments. These two funding sources are currently almost non-existent in Tulsa. Arts Alliance Tulsa, shepherded by Tulsa Community Foundation, is already working to change this in our community.

UAF's allocations are increasingly more open to the diversity of the community, requiring member organizations to reflect the differences and needs of the whole community. In addition, UAFs provide umbrella marketing and audience development support.