Donor FAQ

Sustaining Tulsa’s thriving non-profit arts community through united fundraising and support.

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, 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 in conjunction with their passion-projects.

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 in Tulsa.

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.

Before applications are presented to a board-appointed membership and allocation committee, any interested organization must meet the following criteria.

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 must have an active board of directors.
  • Organization must have a well-defined annual operating plan and budget and provide any strategic or long-range plan.
  • Organization must have non-discrimination, conflict of interest, and accessibility policies.

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;  the number people served by each organization;  demographics served and numbers of employees.  This will allow us to track our growth, strengths, and weaknesses.)

No organization is “grandfathered” in, so the answer is yes. The number may change if eligibility requirements are not met, if organizations merge, or if less than 40 organizations (our cap) apply.

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.

All information provided by each arts organization is given to the Membership and Allocations Committee to study in advance of the annual Alliance Membership meeting. Each Organization’s provided application and support material is discussed and the most balanced group of grantees is created.

  • What is considered?
    -Does the org meet all eligibility requirements?
    -Do they support art in areas that are unique or in underserved communities?
    -What is the economic impact of this org. on the community at large?
    -What is the reach of the the org. within the community?
    -What educational opportunities do they offer and what is the reach (Numbers participating)?
    -All demographic information is noted.
    -If a returning org,. how did you work with AAT toward a successful campaign result? Were you an active participant?
    -If a returning org., how was your grant used to further your org.?
    -How is the org. working to further itself?
    -Is the org. sustainable?
    -What final combination of orgs. creates the best possible mix of visual arts, performing arts, demographical diversity, uniqueness, impact and positioning of Tulsa within the region.

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 eligible to apply for an annual grant from AAT and be an Alliance Member.