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:
- 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, 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
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.
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
In the News
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
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.