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.
Black Art Futures Fund aims to:
- Grow emerging philanthropists by providing a structured community to understand the importance of generous contributions to community-centered artists and arts & culture organizations
- 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.
For organizations who receive a grant, they will have access to a year-long collaborative learning environment designed 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
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.
In the News
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
Ofronama Biu Biu
Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Patrick Brent Cooper
DéLana R.A. Dameron**
Betty & Lee Plevney
Francis H. Williams
Andrew Mellon Foundation
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Missions and Benevolences
Huron Consulting Group, Inc.
The New York Community
** denotes founding board member