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) nonprofits 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:

  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.


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).


  • 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, Founder

Ope Bukola, Board Chair

Ed Brockhoff

Rickey Laurentiis

Jessica Lynne

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


In the News


Ed Brockoff*

Tawanna Brown

Ope Bukola*

Elizabeth Clark Wessel

Craig Coats

Stephanie Costello

Jenna Crowder

Steven Cushner

DéLana R.A. Dameron*

Ashley Firestone

Lauri Freedman

Sandra Garner

Claire Gilman

Terrance Hayes

Kristina Kearns

Richard Krawiec / Jacar Press

Rickey Laurentiis*

Brett Laurer

Jessica Lynne*

Shalewa Mackall



Ken May

Shaunda McDill

Katie Mgonglowa

Betty & Lee Plevney

Daniel Reid

Leslie Shipman

Jonathan Siegal

Toni Smith

Jess Solomon

Emilyn Sosa

Javier Stevens

Kate Temple

Melissa Vandiver

Stephanye Watts

Marie Washington

Maya Washington

Zoe Williams

Allison Freedman Weisberg

Triple Canopy

Google / Benevity

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.