Donor FAQ

Arts Alliance Tulsa is a United Arts Fund that strengthens and supports the arts for a greater Tulsa through united fundraising, support services, audience development, and the responsible investment and allocation of resources.

United Arts Funds (UAFs) seek to raise money to provide ongoing operating support to local arts institutions. Over the past 65 years, more than 100 communities across the country–both large and small– have established UAFs. There are currently about 60 UAFs operating in the United States.

Traditionally, UAFs fund unrestricted operating support to the core institutions that define their city’s cultural identity–the symphony, ballet, opera, theater, museums and more. Today, allocations are increasingly more open to the diversity of the community, requiring member organizations to reflect on the differences and needs of the whole community through grant allocations. In addition, UAFs are providing extensive umbrella marketing and audience development support.

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.

No! We respect the need of every organization to raise funds on their own timeline.

AATs mission and long-range goal is to secure revenue from resources not currently available to our member organizations and to leverage additional funding from traditional sources to benefit the whole.

*PLEASE NOTE Foundational support is actively courted until “roots” for this new United Arts Fund are growing, BUT not at the expense of any member organization.

 What does that mean? If a foundation is already supporting several member orgs and is not able to expand giving, they are asked to continue support of their chosen organizations and to consider AAT in future budgets with a grant/gift that benefits all members in the alliance.

No. This is an application for a grant.

Not only does an organization not have to pay fees, they receive discounts and limited comp tickets to certain fundraising events.

No. Both organizations are structured similarly.  We both make it possible for a single donations to benefit many non-profit organizations ; but Arts Alliance Tulsa supports Arts and Culture within the city of Tulsa, exclusively.

We keep dialogue and relationships with the United Way open and aim our campaign to start after United Way has finished theirs. We believe in the importance of both entities and will continue to encourage their efforts in our community.

Each organization must meet the following criteria to be eligible.  Pending eligibility, each organizations must apply every year to be an AAT member. (Within the application, data is also gathered that will allow AAT to begin tracking the true impact of arts on our city, from organizational budgets to economic impact within our city, to the number people served by each organization, to demographics served, to numbers of employees.  This will allow us to track our growth, strengths, and weaknesses.)

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Only EITHER non-profit arts, history, or culture organizations with 501(c)(3) state and federal tax-exempt status operating within the City of Tulsa, that have arts, history, or culture as its primary purpose and that provide those services and programs of significant quality and impact for the general public may apply.
  • Organizations must have completed three full years of continuous operation (application deadline must be at least two years from the date of 501(c)(3) determination).
  • Organization’s activities must be open and accessible to the general public.
  • Organization must be located in, serve, and benefit the City of Tulsa.
  • Organization’s mission must have arts, history, and/or culture as its primary purpose.
  • Organization cannot carry an accumulated deficit of more than 40% of its annual budget.
  • Organization must have an active board of directors.
  • Organization must have a well-defined annual operating plan and budget and at least a two-year strategic or long-range plan.
  • Organization must have non-discrimination, conflict of interest, and accessibility policies.

No organization is “grandfathered” in, so the answer is yes. The number may go down if eligibility requirements are not met, if organizations merge, or if more organizations form.

We hope to be able to offer individual grants for artist in the future.  We also hope to encompass and support new forms of art into our clientele that will further enrich our city!

Yes. There is no “grandfathering” of any organization. Each year a new application is issued. This will allow us to determine if all organizations are following best business practices and give us the data we need to further support the arts.

It is the job of Arts Alliance Tulsa to vet our organizations so our supporters can feel confident in their donation.

Funding allocation is handled by an independent funding panel consisting primarily of CPAs and corporate volunteers with no direct ties to member organizations. AAT staff has no say in funding.

Percentage points are awarded based on application information. These points are added together to determine the final granted amount. No organization is allowed more than 30 percent of their annual budget with a cap currently set at $100,000 for our largest members.

No. Percentage points are award on merit and on the organization and its ability to meet eligibility requirements with no group receiving more than 30 percent of their annual budget. A current cap of 100,00 is set on any organization regardless of budget size.

Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa is a vital organization for our city which assists many new organizations seeking a path to non-profit status along with a host of educational programming and services. Where the difference lies is in the fact that it does not fundraise or distribute grants for, or to, Tulsa-area arts organizations. They are currently a member organization of AAT.