MISSION

Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, we seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. We provide grants to small ($750K or less) nonprofit organizations working to enhance the future of Black arts & culture. DéLana R.A. Dameron founded Black Arts Futures as a philanthropic initiative of Red Olive Creative Consulting in 2017.

BAFF operates as a donor advised fund with the Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

VISION

Black Art Futures Fund aims to:

  1. Grow emerging philanthropists by providing a structured community to understand the importance of generous contributions to community-centered artists and arts & culture organizations
  2. Provide impactful general operating grants to those organizations in an effort to stabilize, validate, introduce to future philanthropists, and support the future of their work.

GRANTEES

For organizations who receive a grant, a small portion of the grant amount will be used to support the future financial growth and stabilization of the organization through a specialized consultancy with Red Olive Creative Consulting. Additionally, grantees will have priority to be matched with interested Fund donors who express interest in “going deeper” by becoming a transformational Board Member(s).

SERVICES TO ARTS & CULTURE ORGANIZATIONS

  • Financial support in the form of a grant ranging and contribution towards future fundraising support
  • Application support when needed
  • Access to and utilization of a boutique arts & culture consulting firm
  • Access to future philanthropists — potential for board match

EXECUTIVE BOARD

ADVISORY BOARD

About DéLana

DéLana R.A. Dameron provides fundraising expertise and strategy for arts & cultural institutions and projects so they can continue to bring beauty into the world, build up our communities, and provide meaningful spaces for cultural + artistic transformation.

As a culture maker, DéLana R.A. Dameron brings more than 12 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, program, organizational, and board development in the areas of arts & culture and education.

In addition to consulting for small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations towards building capacity and sustainability, Dameron founded and directs BLACK ART FUTURES FUND, and volunteers her time and she currently serves as the chair of the board of Recess.

Our Team

Noor Ibn Najam

Application Cycle Coordinator, Black Art Futures Fund

Joining the team as Application Cycle Coordinator for the Black Art Futures Fund, Noor Ibn Najam is a poet and artist based in Philly, PA. Noor will work with DéLana and the BAFF Executive & Advisory Board to help facilitate the 2019 application process. She’s excited to help sustain Black arts organizations and make community growth a bigger part of her own life as an artist with this work. An interdisciplinary and collaborative thinker whose artistic pursuits include poetry, short-form prose, belly dance, and collage/multimedia, Noor is interested in the various levels of and barriers to “access” as it relates to art, and hopes to dismantle such obstacles toward an interrelated community of artists.

When I want deep community, I turn to the smaller arts and culture institutions, those that I would say are ‘closer to the ground.’ Small community-based organizations are in the schools. They are at, or are hosting, the block party. They are at City Hall. They are most often the first-responders.

DéLana R.A. Dameron

founder

In the News

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donors

LaToye Adams
Tabor Banguer
Ofronama Biu Biu
Mia Briones
Edward Brockhoff**
Tawanna Brown
Ope Bukola**
Tolulope Bukola
Benedict Campbell
P Carl
Allison Casey
Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Patrick Brent Cooper
Juliana Cope
Stephanie Costello
Craig Coats
Jenna Crowder
Nicole Cuellar-Lopez
Steven Cushner
DéLana R.A. Dameron**
Lisa Dent
Alan Felsenthal
Ashley Firestone
Denis Flavius
Novella Ford
Lauri Freedman
Katharine Freeman
Jessica Fudge
Sandra Garner
Claire Gilman
Terrance Hayes
Josie Hodson
Brigid Hughes
Kemi Ilesanmi
Candace Jackson
Fatima Jones
Sylvia Jung
Ilya Kaminsky
Kristina Kearns
Chiyuki Kitagawa
Richard Krawiec
Ricky Laurentiis**
Brett Laurer
Shannon Lee
Judy Levine
Mimi Lien
Shalewa Mackall
Kenneth May
Shaunda McDill
Alison Meyer
Katie Mgongolwa
Harish Murthy
Betty & Lee Plevney
Daniel Reid
Tamar Remz
Renee Richards
Jason Salmon
Taz Shahabuddin
Leslie Shipman
Jonathan Siegal
Toni Smith
Jess Solomon
Emilyn Sosa
Rob Spillman
Javier Stevens
Alexandra Taylor
Kate Temple
Krystal Tena
Jenny Tolan
Anna Toshach
Salem Tsegaye
Melissa Vandiver
Marie Washington
Maya Washington
Stephanye Watts
Allison Weisberg
Susan West
Francis H. Williams
Zoe Williams
Katy Yang
Norman Yu

Andrew Mellon Foundation
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Missions and Benevolences
Google
Huron Consulting Group, Inc.
The New York Community
Trust (Match)
Triple Canopy

** denotes founding board member

Become an Advisory Board Member

With a minimum gift of $1,000, emerging philanthropists of Black arts can join a community committed to amplifying the rich artistic contributions of arts & culture organizations and artists who center and showcase Black arts.  Advisory Board members have the opportunity to meet current and prospective grantees, make funding recommendations, network with like-minded emerging philanthropists, VIP access to art events, and more.