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:

  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, 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).


  • 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



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.

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



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
Huron Consulting Group, Inc.
The New York Community
Trust (Match)
Triple Canopy

** denotes founding board member