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A Noise Within

Performing Arts

Mission:

A Noise Within produces classic theatre as an essential means to enrich our community by embracing universal human experiences, expanding personal awareness, and challenging individual perspectives. Our company of resident and guest artists performing in rotating repertory immerses student and general audiences in timeless, epic stories in an intimate setting.

AACA Museum

Museums

Mission:

The AACA Museum is dedicated to the Celebration, Preservation, Education, and Display of the American Motor Vehicle history that provides value for our members, hobbyists, and the public. AACA Museum is professionally staffed, collecting institution presenting semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are supported by educational programs for school and community audiences. It sponsors workshops and other activities designed to raise public awareness and appreciation of the role that the automobile has played in shaping 20th century America.

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Actors Theatre of Louisville brings people together through live theatre to celebrate, challenge and explore who we are. As the State Theatre of Kentucky, Actors Theatre of Louisville is internationally acclaimed as one of America's most consistently innovative non-profit professional theatre companies. Founded in 1964, it has won a host of coveted awards and worldwide recognition for excellence. For over 30 years it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting, with over 300 Actors-debuted scripts now in publication.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Museums

Mission:

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the nation's oldest public arts organizations, has a clear and compelling mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve both modern and contemporary art. It focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, interpretation, and collection of the artistic expressions of our times. In an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment that embraces diverse cultures and traditions, the Gallery seeks to serve a broad and far-reaching audience. The Gallery's parent organization, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, was incorporated in 1862 to promote, cultivate, and generally foster art in all its branches.

Albuquerque Museum Foundation

Museums

Mission:

The mission of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, founded in 1961, is to further the cultural and educational programs at the Albuquerque Museum through broad public and private gifts and volunteer support. As an independent nonprofit corporation, the Foundation's purpose is to encourage the development of the Museum as the outstanding museum of its kind in the Southwest. The Foundation funds the Museum's education, Magic Bus and docent programs, provides additional exhibition funding which brings world-class shows to the Museum, and makes possible amenities like the Museum Store and the café, Slate at The Museum. The Foundation also manages The Museum's membership program.

All Classical Portland

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

All Classical Portland is Portland, Oregon's classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical Portland's mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality, and innovation in all that we do.

Alley Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947, exists to provide audiences with the highest quality theatre, offering a wide variety of work including new plays, classics, the re-discovered and the rarely-performed, and new musical theatre, with an emphasis on new American works - to provide the inspirational and the provocative - to make our audiences think, feel, dream and be entertained. Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production, a 75,000 square foot facility adjacent to our two main theatres, is home to our educational programs, where we connect with the youth of the city and state - our future audience and future artists - through programs such as From Stage to Page, HYPE (Houston Young Playwrights Exchange) and the Young Performers Studio.

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) is the service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists its nearly 300 member theatres in managing their companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to its members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres - which have made our organization an expert in the needs of the Off and Off Off Broadway community.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation

Performing Arts

Mission:

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and The Ailey Extension. AADF's mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.

America's Car Museum

Museums

Mission:

Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. In 1998, Harold and Nancy LeMay created The Harold E. LeMay Museum, now called America's Car Museum (ACM), and committed themselves to donating the vast LeMay Collection to the Museum for the benefit of the public. The ACM was chartered to secure, preserve and interpret the valuable LeMay Collection, along with additional vehicles and artifacts that it may acquire, in order to explore the broad themes of American mobility and lifestyle in an instructive and entertaining manner.

America-Israel Cultural Foundation

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1939, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) supports and develops artistic life in Israel by awarding scholarships and grants. By encouraging Israeli artists and supporting institutions and programs, AICF makes a vital contribution to the cultural foundation of Israel and strengthens her relationship with America. <br><br>AICF has supported nearly 18,000 emerging artists and 600 cultural institutions in Israel. As a successful and dedicated 76-year-old charity, our work is recognized as the standard of artistic excellence in Israel. Our success is evidenced by the increasing talent and depth of Israel culture recognized globally.<br><br>AICF alumni are represented in over 45 internationally known ballet and modern dance companies; as scriptwriters, actors, and producers for award-winning television series, blockbuster movies, and indie films; and appear on the most important operatic, theatrical, and symphonic stages in the world.

American Composers Orchestra

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1975, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 500 American composers, including more than 100 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In pursuit of its singular mission, ACO maintains an unparalleled range of activities including an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, commissions, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and new music reading sessions. New initiatives include composer fellowships and special projects designed to serve and advance the field.

American Documentary

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

American Documentary (AMDOC) is a leading nonprofit media organization dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media. Since 1988, American Documentary has produced the award-winning series P.O.V. for PBS, presenting over 365 of the most important documentary films of our time. Our films - coupled with our unsurpassed national reach and local collaborations - have brought powerful documentary storytelling into people's lives, and brought public dialogue on issues of national importance to a new level. American Documentary is a leader in extending the reach of documentaries online. American Documentary continues to pioneer new ways to use independent media as a springboard to engage the public.

American Folk Art Museum

Museums

Mission:

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.

American Friends of the Israel Museum

Museums (Grantmaking)

Mission:

The purpose of the American Friends of the Israel Museum is to foster and encourage the development of liberal arts by obtaining works of art and archaeology for the Israel Museum and by obtaining and making grants and contributions to the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects.

American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Performing Arts (Grantmaking)

Mission:

It is the mission of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) to secure the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) so that it may continue to travel throughout the world bringing its message of peace and cultural understanding through music. AFIPO supports the Orchestra's international touring program, educational projects, a wide array of musical activities in Israel and an endowment fund to further ensure the IPO's future. Funds raised by AFIPO help the Orchestra initiate and strengthen existing programs, and maintain its high standard of musical excellence without placing a financial burden on the IPO's budget or compromising its long-term stability.

American Society for Yad Vashem

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation (Grantmaking)

Mission:

Founded in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, and spearheaded by Eli Zborowski, the American Society for Yad Vashem works in partnership with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem to support their efforts in the areas of commemoration, education, research, capital improvement and special projects. Yad Vashem was established in 1953 by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and was entrusted with the task of commemorating the six million murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. It mandates Holocaust remembrance, commemoration, and education to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are secured for posterity.

Archaeological Conservancy

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

The Archaeological Conservancy, established in 1980, is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving the best of our nation's remaining archaeological sites. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Conservancy also operates regional offices in Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and California. Every day, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the United States are lost forever--along with the precious information they contain. Modern-day looters use backhoes and bulldozers to recover artifacts for the international market. Urban development and agricultural methods such as land leveling and topsoil mining destroy ancient sites. The Conservancy protects these sites by acquiring the land on which they rest, preserving them for posterity.

Archaeology Southwest

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.

Artis—Naples

Performing Arts

Mission:

Home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, Artis-Naples is unique among cultural institutions nationwide, equally dedicated to both the performing and visual arts featuring artists of global distinction.<br>Led by CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen and Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Andrey Boreyko, we offer audiences more than 300 events annually within a variety of venues and settings situated throughout the 8.5-acre Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. Artis-Naples welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year for a broad array of artistic and educational opportunities perfect for audiences of all backgrounds and interests.

ArtsFund

Performing Arts (Grantmaking)

Mission:

ArtsFund strengthens arts in the Puget Sound region by raising and responsibly allocating funds to promote artistic and organizational excellence and by advocating for all the arts. Through ArtsFund, everybody can take part in art. ArtsFund donors support nearly 70 local arts groups, large and small, so they can provide stimulating and enlightening arts for our community. ArtsFund also helps arts groups run themselves even better through systematic feedback on their operations, based on our finely crafted allocations process. ArtsFund also serves as an advocate for the arts through TakePartInArt.org, through programs like Building for the Arts and our Board Leadership Training program. The bottom line is that ArtsFund's cash grants, capacity building, and other services make arts groups stronger so they can serve this region and make it a great place to live, work, raise a family and run a business.

ArtsinStark

Performing Arts

Mission:

Although the name "ArtsinStark" has only been around since 2004, the foundation for what is now the county's arts council began in 1968 with the organization, and two years later, the building of the Cultural Center for the Arts. ArtsinStark awards grants, manages the Cultural Center and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Nearly 80% of all dollars they raise through the Annual Arts Campaign go out to Stark County non-profit organizations, artists and schools in the form of grants.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida's premier professional theatre, is one of the most important cultural forces in the Southeastern United States. A center for theatrical excellence, Asolo Rep stages up to fifteen productions every season, spanning a diverse repertoire of newly commissioned plays, bold reinterpretations of contemporary and classical works, and provocative new musical theatre experiences. Asolo Rep is a major force in Sarasota's rich arts scene, whose quality and depth rivals some of the largest urban centers in the country. Asolo Rep is annually the creative home of more than 100 artists, technical craftsmen, and administrative staff. Its talented and accomplished resident acting company is complemented by top flight, award-winning directors, designers, and guest artists who come to Sarasota from around the country and around the world.

Aspen Public Radio

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Aspen Public Radio supports, nourishes, and enriches our community by providing informative, entertaining and educational radio programming in a reliable and professional manner. Aspen Public Radio, broadcasting on KAJX, Aspen and KCJX, Carbondale, is a public radio station located in Aspen, Colorado. It serves communities in the Roaring Fork, Crystal, Colorado, Frying Pan and Eagle River valleys. The station is run by Roaring Fork Public Radio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Association for the Colonial Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial's programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville's historic business district.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Performing Arts

Mission:

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (formerly Association of Performing Arts Presenters), is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for the performing arts presenting sector and the convener of APAP|NYC, the world's leading gathering of performing arts professionals, every January in New York City. Through professional development programs and member services, APAP provides opportunities for artists, agents and managers, presenters, and producers to make the connections and gain the information, skills, and resources they need to make the arts a vibrant, valuable and sustainable part of everyday life. APAP supports and educates today's and tomorrow's performing arts leaders.

Atlanta Ballet

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest continuously operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.

Austin Film Society

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that empowers our community to make, watch and love film and creative media by: showing great films and premieres, managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin, awarding grants and supporting filmmakers, teaching kids & adults about filmmaking and presenting the annual Texas Film Awards to raise funds for all the above. The Austin Film Society began in 1985 with a group of friends getting together to watch films that weren't distributed to the general public. As word got out, that small group of cinephiles turned to hundreds and the Austin Film Society (AFS) was born, honoring classic and independent film with screenings in venues all over Austin.

Ballet Hispanico

Performing Arts

Mission:

Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is the nation's leading Latino dance organization. The Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has performed for over three million people in 11 countries. The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance has forged a reputation among the nation's leading professional training programs, offering a balanced curriculum in classical ballet, modern and Spanish dance - a practice that is unique among America's dance training institutions. Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach program has afforded an innovative exploratory learning experience for 20,000 school children, teachers and parents in New York City and across the country. The arts-in-education residencies bring Latino dance and culture to public schools, enriching common core curriculum goals and supporting social and emotional development.

Ballet Tech Foundation

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1974 Ballet Tech Foundation is dedicated to seeking out talented New York City public school students and provides a continuum of training from introductory through professional level training. Throughout the children's instruction, dance classes, shoes and leotards are provided free of charge. During the first year of training, transportation is provided while students attend ballet classes on a school-time release program. Students who show the talent and passion required to study classical ballet are invited to attend The New York City Public School for Dance (NYCPSD) - a cooperative, tuition-free venture between the NYC Department of Education and Ballet Tech. The School offers a rigorous academic curriculum paired with intensive dance training for students in grades four through twelve.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1968 as the East Bay's first resident professional theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep) has established a national reputation for the quality of its productions and the innovation of its programming. Berkeley Rep seeks to set a national standard for ambitious programming, engagement with its audiences, and leadership within the community in which it resides. Through productions, outreach, and education, Berkeley Rep aspires to use theatre as a means to challenge, thrill, and galvanize what is best in the human spirit. Berkeley Rep was the recipient of the 1997 Tony Award for outstanding regional theatre.

Boch Center

Performing Arts

Mission:

As one of the nation's leading non-profit performing arts institutions and guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert theatres, Boch Center honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. Located in Boston's historical Theater District, it offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in New England to insure that the arts are an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience.

Boston Children's Museum

Museums

Mission:

Mission<br>Boston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.<br><br>Vision<br>Boston Children's Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing and future prosperity.<br><br>

Boston Lyric Opera

Performing Arts

Mission:

The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.<br><br>Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Performing Arts

Mission:

Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a motion picture theater and film education center. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events. BMFI builds community through film culture, while maintaining strong connections to its historic venue's cinematic past.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Museums

Mission:

Founded in 1917 as the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) is a museum that educates the public by advancing knowledge about the American West through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting collections. Founded to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody, the BBHC is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West; over the years it has become much more than a monument to the life and times of Buffalo Bill. The BBHC is comprised of five museums and a research library: the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Harold McCracken Research Library.

C.M. Russell Museum

Museums

Mission:

The mission of the C.M. Russell Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and life of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell's West.​ The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation's finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world.

California Science Center Foundation

Museums

Mission:

The California Science Center Foundation raises funds to support exhibits and education programs featured at the Science Center and manages exhibitions and programs of scientific, educational and industrial interest. The California Science Center aspires to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives. The Center offers fun and informative permanent exhibits presented in interactive worlds. Through hands-on experiences in our galleries, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the life processes of living things and more.

California Shakespeare Theater

Performing Arts

Mission:

California Shakespeare Theater, founded in 1974, strives for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover the relevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives by: Making boldly imagined and deeply entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics; Providing in-depth, far-reaching creative educational opportunities; and by bringing disparate communities together around the creation of new American plays inspired by classic literature.

California State Railroad Museum Foundation

Museums

Mission:

The California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) works to raise and manage funds to support the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, and to assist California State Parks in carrying out the museum's and the parks' missions. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. The Foundation and its board of directors is currently laying groundwork for a future California Railroad Technology Museum capital campaign proposed as part of the downtown Sacramento railyard development project.

Cape Ann Museum

Museums

Mission:

Founded in 1873, the Cape Ann Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. The Cape Ann Museum strives to foster an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life on Cape Ann, past and present; to further the knowledge and enjoyment of Cape Ann history and art; to collect and preserve significant information and artifacts; and to encourage community involvement in our programs and holdings. In all our activities, the Museum emphasizes the highest standards of quality and seeks to engage the broadest possible audience.

Caramoor

Performing Arts

Mission:

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the luxurious Mediterranean-style villa and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival of today. With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music - from classical to opera to jazz - and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource.

Center for Asian American Media

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Founded in 1980 the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), formerly known the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, has grown into the largest organization dedicated to the advancement of Asian Americans in independent media, specifically the areas of television and filmmaking. Dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible, CAAM funds, produces, distributes and exhibits works in film, television and digital media. Apart from their public television work, CAAM's most visible community contribution is their yearly San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).

Center for Investigative Reporting

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing multimedia reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. Building on our long track record of award-winning print, broadcast and web reporting, CIR is now seeking to help lead the way in transforming journalism for the 21st century. CIR is working to ensure that high-quality, credible, unique journalism does not die, but flourishes. CIR's newest venture is California Watch, a major new reporting initiative to produce in-depth, high impact multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance to the state.

Center for Jewish History

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

The Center for Jewish History is one of the great public Jewish historical and cultural institutions in the world, and its mission is clear: to foster the creation and dissemination of Jewish knowledge and to make the historical and cultural record of the Jewish people readily accessible to scholars, students and the broad public. The Center serves the worldwide academic and general communities with combined holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings, and textiles - the largest repository documenting the Jewish experience outside of Israel. This amalgamation of collections and public programs has brought over 100,000 visitors.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Center for Puppetry Arts' mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry. The Center's doors opened in September 1978, with Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cutting the ceremonial ribbon. Founded by Vincent Anthony, the Center filled a need for a place in the US where puppetry could be explored by both artists and audiences. Today, the Center has grown to be the largest non-profit organization in the nation dedicated solely to the art of puppetry.<br><br>For nearly forty years, the Center has introduced millions of visitors of all ages to the wonder and artistry of puppetry through three key programming areas: Performance, Museum, and Education. These program areas work in tandem to showcase puppetry in action, as a fine art, and as a gateway to imagination.

Chamber Music Northwest

Performing Arts

Mission:

Now in its 48th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 100,000 people annually with more than 100 main stage concerts, casual concerts in non-traditional venues, and dozens of free outreach and educational events. CMNW's five-week Summer Festival, week long Winter Festival, and year feature artists that range from rising stars to some of the most sought-after solo, chamber and recording artists in the world. Now in his 38th year as Artistic Director, world-renowned clarinetist and music educator David Shifrin is a highly acclaimed orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004. CMNW's year-round staff of ten and larger seasonal staff are led by Executive Director Peter J. Bilotta, a 30-year veteran of opera, theater and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $1.7 million, CMNW has operated under a balanced budget every year since 1980.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1965, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) stimulates and supports the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music by presenting chamber music concerts; commissioning and performing new chamber music works; sponsoring chamber music performances; sponsoring programs and activities; and acquiring and maintaining collections of material. CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music.

Charlotte Ballet

Performing Arts

Mission:

Charlotte Ballet's (formerly the North Carolina Dance Theater) mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. Charlotte Ballet has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Museums

Mission:

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM's campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. CBMM holds the nation's most complete collection of Chesapeake Bay artifacts, visual arts, and indigenous water craft. Education programs are engaged by all ages, with on-the-water opportunities for students & guests. Exhibitions and public programs cover a range of Bay maritime history and culture-including the Bay's unique watercraft and boatbuilding traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation. CBMM's Annual Fund supports the education, exhibition, and restoration programs of the Museum.

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

The Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) is an independent nonprofit organization. Since 1986, and in collaboration with its private funding partners and Library colleagues, CPLF has leveraged up City funding to launch, refine, and sustain crucial services that benefit Chicagoans of all ages living and working in the city's 77 neighborhoods. These nationally-recognized offerings include the CyberNavigator computer tutors for adults and older adults; Early Learning programming for children ages 0-5 and their families; the STEAM-focused Summer Learning Challenge, which serves more than 100,000 children every summer; Teacher in the Library homework help for K-12 students; and YOUmedia, the innovative teen learning lab. More information about these and other vital partnership programs can be found at https://cplfoundation.org/what-we-fund.

Chicago Public Media

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Chicago Public Media is a community-supported, public service broadcasting institution. We offer programs that speak with many voices to community needs and are a reflection of the distinctive and diverse Chicago area. We help listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. We produce, acquire, and distribute engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance that speak powerfully. We are principally a broadcaster. We also serve our local and national community with supplemental distribution initiatives. We expand our outreach to the community and enhance our production effort through partnerships and educational programs with local and national institutions.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Performing Arts

Mission:

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of our company's work and subscription series, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works - from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. As Chicago Shakespeare strives to share our uniquely American brand of Shakespeare with the world, so do we also strive to bring to Chicago some of the best theater the world has to offer. To our World's Stage Series, we bring international theatrical productions to our city, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences for Chicago audiences and artists alike.

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Museums

Mission:

The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) serves the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Encompassing the broad themes of community, connections and creativity, exhibits invite self-directed, open-ended explorations, while programs provide facilitated, focused, and sustained interactions. Since opening in 1990, the Museum has welcomed over five million visitors and has offered new interactive exhibits each year that respond to children's diverse educational needs.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Museums

Mission:

The mission of the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. <br><br>The Museum was founded in 1973 by parents, educators and community leaders who wanted to create a hands-on educational institution for families with young children and has since continued to grow and thrive. In late 2015, the Museum completed a major expansion, creating a 9-acre campus, doubling exhibit space and introducing more exciting exhibits and programming than ever before. <br><br>The rich, developmentally appropriate experiences capitalize on natural curiosity, encouraging children to question, investigate, assess and take risks. The open-ended nature of the experiences provides a platform for experimentation, generating new outcomes with each visit. Daily programming themes and activities change regularly to offer opportunities to explore fresh ideas in health, science, environment, art, literacy and more.

Children's Museum of Houston

Museums

Mission:

The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children's Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 750,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies.

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Museums

Mission:

Since 1983, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has been fulfilling its mission - to nurture children's innate joy, creativity, and curiosity - while focusing on gross motor development, language arts skills, health education, self-esteem, and personal responsibility. Each year, thousands of children, parents, grandparents, and teachers have explored hands-on exhibits, enjoyed original artwork by native Pittsburghers, and taken part in performances, storytelling, and artistic demonstrations. All of which have challenged their minds and ignited their imaginations. It has also served as an invaluable educational resource for families, schools, and community groups.

Chrysler Museum of Art

Museums

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Founded in 1939 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Chrysler Museum of Art combines one of America's great fine arts museums and two significant historic houses. In addition to maintaining a distinguished permanent collection of 30,000 objects spanning nearly 5,000 years history, the Chrysler offers a comprehensive program of changing exhibitions and education activities for visitors of all ages. Our goal is to bring people and original works of art together. We believe that a visit to a museum should be both educational, providing visitors with a chance to learn more about themselves and their world, and fun.

Cincinnati Art Museum

Museums

Mission:

Through the power of art, we contribute to a more vibrant Cincinnati by inspiring its people and connecting our communities. <br>We believe that a vibrant city integrates art and design into its civic agenda. Connecting people and art is central to this belief and at the core of all we do. <br>We believe that the story of art - past, present and future - enriches life, promotes a thriving creative economy, and links people and perspectives across cultures and history.<br>We believe that inspiration, empowerment, education and community building are the highest purposes of museum programs, exhibitions, collecting, conservation, interpretation, and scholarship.<br>We believe that the Cincinnati Art Museum can boldly lead our city and region forward in these pursuits.

Cincinnati Ballet

Performing Arts

Mission:

To inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance.

Cincinnati Opera

Performing Arts

Mission:

The second oldest opera company in America, Cincinnati Opera presents dynamic opera productions every summer in Cincinnati's historic 3,417-seat Music Hall. Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring audiences by presenting opera performances, school tours, and community programs for adults and children that meet the highest standards of artistic excellence. In the 2006-2007 season, Cincinnati Opera presented ten performances of four different productions, reaching audiences of more than 28,000. The education outreach program brought 103 performances of five productions to audiences of 31,000.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts

Mission:

Embarking on its 117th year, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a dynamic ensemble of world-class musicians, conductors and guest artists. Founded in 1895, the CSO proudly serves the Greater Cincinnati community as the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first orchestra in the state of Ohio. The CSO is no stranger to the national spotlight, as it became the third orchestra to professionally record in 1917 and the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. These early achievements have paved the way for the CSO's continued longevity and success. Innovative programming featuring world-renowned artists, national and international tours, as well as countless awards and recordings have placed the CSO as one of the world's most acclaimed and recognized symphony orchestras.

Cinequest

Performing Arts

Mission:

A global company set in the Silicon Valley, The Cinequest Institute produces Cinequest Film Festival, Cinequest Distribution, Cinequest Mentoring & Education, and Cinequest LLC operates Cinequest Mavericks Studio. Cinequest's uniqueness and impact results from being ahead of the curve, whether it comes to discovering or producing original voices, showcasing new technology, or reinventing the very definition of film distribution and marketing. It's a celebration of premium quality Maverick cinema, television and innovation. Cinequest remains one of the last big festival bastions for the discovery of new and emerging film artists. Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) presents a dynamic 13-day event of 200 international films with over 600+ film artists, technologists, and professionals from 44 countries in attendance. Over 10,000 artists have attended CQFF to date.

Civil War Trust

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

Since 1987, the Civil War Trust has been America's largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust's 49,000 members and 200,000+ Facebook fans have helped save over 47,000 acres of hallowed ground in 24 states. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to teach the public of the war's history and the conflicts that sparked it. Public education programs offered by the Trust include: Free GPS-enabled iPhone & Android Battle Apps, its quarterly Hallowed Ground magazine, annual Teacher Institutes, Civil War Discovery Trail, battlefield interpretation & Park Day. The Trust's educational website includes animated battle maps, videos, historic maps and photos, quizzes, lesson plans for teachers. Recent efforts have saved key land at Chancellorsville in Va., Shiloh and Franklin in Tenn. & Gettysburg in Pa. Saved battlefields also provide economic benefits including jobs to local communities.

Cleveland International Film Festival

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1979, the mission of the Cleveland International Film Festival is to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, the CIFF presents the newest and best films from around the world and does everything in its power to make sure its audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about current events, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museums

Mission:

Founded in 1920, Cleveland Museum of Natural History works to inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future. The Museum's permanent exhibits include a three million-year-old human ancestor, known as Lucy, and one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world. The Museum also features a planetarium; observatory; discovery center; live animal shows; and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio. The Museum announced two mergers in 2007: HealthSpace Cleveland in January 2007, and EcoCity Cleveland in June 2007.

Cleveland Public Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1981, Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) works to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through ground breaking performances and life changing educational programs. CPT develops new, adventurous work and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists -- particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious. CPT's acclaimed education programs engage underserved communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in our community.

Colorado Public Radio

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) stations KVOD classical music and KCFR in-depth news are available through a network of transmitters and translators that serve approximately 80% of Colorado. CPR exists to enrich the Colorado community. We provide news, information and classical music for people who want to be informed, enlightened and entertained. CPR was formed in 1981, and CPR began broadcasting the current, two-channel network in 2001. No other public radio station in Colorado is devoted exclusively to in-depth news, nor is there a full-time 24-hour classical music station with the resources to create highly researched and produced stories and features. Colorado Public Radio is alone among local public radio organizations in providing a truly statewide service, with as much relevance for listeners in Pueblo and Vail as for listeners in Denver and Grand Junction.

Common Sense Media

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 2000, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) seeks to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector. Well-resourced, connected and unified arts and culture has the power to improve lives and communities. To that end, we serve and support arts and cultural professionals and community leaders who are creating a bright future for grater Cleveland. CPAC's research and advocacy fosters informed decision-making. Our training, counsel and online resources provide those we serve with the ideas, skills and connections to achieve their aims. By bringing people together, we ensure arts and culture is a continued force for community vitality and personal development.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Museums

Mission:

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. Our mission is to create meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. With a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through diverse perspectives offered in our exhibitions, programs, and educational activities. CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. We are a site for discovery, a laboratory for experimentation, and a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.

Creative Capital Foundation

Performing Arts

Mission:

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project. Since 1999, we have committed $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached nearly 15,000 artists in over 700 communities.

Creede Repertory Theatre

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1969, Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is a professional theatre company located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. CRT's award-winning company produces the best of contemporary and classic theatre from the end of May through September. Each year, CRT produces 7-10 plays in rotation, hosts numerous musical events and concerts, exhibits the best regional artists in its two lobby galleries, and offers exciting educational programming. Creede Repertory Theatre's mission is to provide the residents and visitors of southern Colorado with high quality theatrical entertainment, cultural enrichment, and a broad arts service. The Theatre is dedicated to making Creede a better home, culturally and economically.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts

Mission:

The mission of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is to entertain, inspire and change lives through musical excellence. It strives to be a key catalyst in making Dallas a world-class city and major cultural center with the DSO as a landmark. With roots tracing back to 1900, the DSO offers numerous events highlighting diversity in the city, numbering over 175 each year. As a community partner, the DSO sponsors the following programs: Heartstrings, free tickets distributed by social service agencies; Young Strings, providing free instruments and music lessons to African American and Hispanic students; Symphony YES, providing ensembles that perform in area schools; and DSO Kids educational website for children and teachers. The DSO is a community of passionate music lovers making more music lovers.

Dance/USA

Performing Arts

Mission:

The national service organization for professional dance, Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators and organizations. By providing services and national leadership, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation, education and dissemination. We envision a future in which dance is an enduring and sought-after art form, recognized by all as an important part of America's rich and diverse culture. To this end, Dance/USA will serve as the national hub for dance-related information, leadership, advocacy, and service.

Dayton History

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

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Dayton History is Montgomery County's official historical organization. Consisting of Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Kettering-Moraine Museum, Hawthorn Hill and Patterson Homestead, Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting and promoting the region's past. Our beautiful 65-acre campus features 25 special exhibit buildings and structures ready for you to explore. See the actual 1905 Wright Flyer III, Dayton-made cash registers, vintage automobiles, train cars and bicycles, a 1930s print shop and the largest carillon in Ohio.

Denver Art Museum

Museums

Mission:

Since its beginnings in the 1890s as the Denver Artists' Club, the Denver Art Museum has had a number of temporary homes. The museum opened its own galleries in 1949, and a center for children's art activities was added in the early 1950s. In 1971, we opened what's now known as the North Building. Our most recent expansion opened in October 2006. Today, the 356,000-square-foot museum complex includes collection gallery space, three temporary exhibition venues, and the Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium. In addition to our art collections, the Denver Art Museum is internationally recognized for our family-friendly environment, and has received critical acclaim for encouraging art appreciation through interactive activities.

Des Moines Art Center

Museums

Mission:

The Des Moines Art Center (DMAC), opened in 1948, presents thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, as well as hands-on studio art classes. The DMAC works to be a leader in the field by contributing to the cultural record. We serve our community by engaging people with art, emphasizing the art of our times through our collection and exhibition policies. We shape the culture of our community, making art accessible to all-enriching and inspiring through educational programs and partnerships. From this strong local base, we strive to extend our leadership nationally and globally.

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Des Moines Community Playhouse partners with volunteers to create and deliver extraordinary theatre and education programs for communities in Central Iowa through high-quality entertainment with special emphasis on issues of social significance; programs which allow for the development of individual self-expression and self-esteem; and programs which identify and encourage individuals to pursue professional theatre development.

Detroit Historical Society

Museums

Mission:

Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The DHS educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region's shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The Society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.

Discovery Place

Museums

Mission:

Founded in 1981, Discovery Place is dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages. Discovery Place operates Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, and is developing a children's museum, Discovery Place KIDS. As one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, Discovery Place offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting. Discovery Place KIDS is a children's museum under development providing an extraordinary and rich play experience that engages children's imagination and inspires learning, the Museum is designed to serve children and their parents or caregivers.

Downtown Community Television Center

Performing Arts

Mission:

Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) is a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources, and by creating outstanding documentary productions, with the belief that diversity of expression strengthens our democracy and enhances civil society. Founded in 1972 by Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno, DCTV has fostered a diverse and inclusive media arts community for 40 productive years. DCTV pursues its educational mission by introducing members of the community to the basics of electronic media through hundreds of free or low-cost production courses and access to broadcast-quality production equipment.

Dubuque County Historical Society

Museums

Mission:

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Museums

Mission:

ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences.

ETV Endowment of South Carolina

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Founded in 1977, the ETV Endowment of South Carolina supports the South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) and South Carolina Public Radio Network. Through partnerships with major foundations and corporations combined with state funds and membership contributions, the ETV Endowment has established a strong public-private sector alliance. This enables South Carolina to be among the major producers for public broadcasting, to be a designated satellite uplink for instructional programming to the schools of the nation and to provide millions of dollars in program and production services.<br><br>The ETV Endowment was named the recipient of the 2014 Award for Nonprofit Excellence by the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, in recognition of the exceptional and ethical business practices in place in the organization.

East Tennessee PBS

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Founded in 1983, East Tennessee PBS exists to serve the needs of East Tennessee as a community partner affecting positive change by educating, entertaining and challenging minds. As a viewer-supported television station and PBS member station, we provide lifelong learning opportunities to more than 1 million viewers in East Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Southeast Virginia and Western North Carolina. We achieve this by broadcasting non-violent, commercial-free children's series; instructional programs; and primetime shows that educate, entertain, inform and inspire.

Exploratorium

Museums

Mission:

The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Museums

Mission:

Fernbank Museum of Natural History inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Located in historic Druid Hills, Fernbank's 125-acre science campus includes: Fernbank Forest, 65 acres of old-growth woodlands; WildWoods which features outdoor exhibitions and trail experiences; two Olmsted Parks, Deep Deen Park and Dellwood Park; 7 historic homes; and a world-class natural history museum that houses a Dinosaur Plaza, permanent and special exhibitions, a Giant Screen Theatre, Giants of the Mesozoic featuring the Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, and the St. Catherines Island Collection-an internationally acclaimed assemblage of one million artifacts that spans 5,000 years of human history.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Performing Arts

Mission:

America's pre-eminent film presentation organization, the Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience. The Film Society is best known for two world-class international festivals—the New York Film Festival (the most famous and prestigious in the country), and New Directors/New Films (celebrating new cinematic artists).

Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

The mission of Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting is to serve the public good and aid in the creation of an informed citizenry. Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting is a telecommunications entity and the licensee of WEDU-TV, serving the 16 counties of west central Florida. Through quality programming using new technologies and community outreach, WEDU fulfills the needs of individuals for education, information, and culture enabling people and communities to connect, to grow, and to lead more fulfilling lives. WEDU educates, informs and enriches lives.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Museums

Mission:

Combining science with history and culture, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) connects you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. FCMoD is a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight. This is the vision of the FCMoD, to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

Fort Ticonderoga Association

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation

Mission:

The mission of Fort Ticonderoga is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. We serve this mission by preserving and enhancing our historic structures, collections, gardens, and landscapes, and by educating and inspiring the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga and the diverse peoples who met here in war and in peace.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra

Performing Arts

Mission:

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic works to inspire and foster a lifelong love of classical music through performance and education. Founded in 1944, we present musical and education programs of the highest quality in order to sustain and expand our musical tradition to a growing audience throughout the tri-state region. We aim to create, perform, and export innovative artistic programs. Our education programs bring classical music into the ever-changing community and provide expanding opportunities for individuals to experience, enjoy, and be challenged by the musical arts.

Fort Wayne Public Television

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

The mission of Fort Wayne Public Television, PBS39 WFWA-DT is to provide high quality telecommunications services which enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve through educational, informational, cultural and entertaining programs and services. We strive to: complement the educational opportunities for individuals of all ages; reinforce the joy of learning in children; promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of liberal arts fields of science, nature, history and the fine and performing arts; prompt informed thought and present alternative perspectives about public affairs; build a sense of community by addressing current local and statewide topics; and to serve as a unique entertainment alternative which differs in character and content from routine commercial broadcast services.

Frameline

Performing Arts

Mission:

Founded in 1977, Frameline's mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts non-profit, Frameline's programs connect filmmakers and audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Frameline presents the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, the longest running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. Established in 1981, Frameline Distribution serves an international audience of hundreds of thousands and is the leading educational distributor solely dedicated to LGBTQ film and video. Since 1990, more than 134 films have been completed with assistance from the Frameline Completion Fund. Frameline Voices exhibits 100+ films serving underrepresented constituents within the LGBTQ community and available for free via online streaming. Finally, Frameline's Youth in Motion program provides professionally developed educational curricula and media to over 1,000 schools and GSA clubs nationwide.

Friends of Idaho Public Television

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Friends of Idaho Public Television, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist Idaho Public Television in securing financial support, publicizing services, and ascertaining needs from the communities we serve.<br><br>The mission of Idaho Public Television is to harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans. We tell Idaho's stories.<br><br>Five foundational values guide our efforts to meet the needs of the communities we serve: trust, quality, lifelong learning, accessibility, and community.

Friends of KSPS

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Founded in1967, KSPS Public Television provides on-air, online and multimedia programs that entertain, engage and educate to enrich all the communities we serve. Each day KSPS Public Television invites people in two million households throughout the Inland Northwest and Canada to experience the worlds of science, history and nature; listen to diverse viewpoints and trusted reporting; and take front row seats to world-class performances. KSPS serves Spokane and eastern Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, southeastern British Columbia, and most of Alberta including Calgary and Edmonton. KSPS is also seen across the nation of Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite system. KSPS is carried over the air, on translator systems, on cable systems and via satellite. KSPS is licensed to Friends of KSPS which was founded in 1972 to support the station. Friends of KSPS acquired the broadcast license and full ownership of the station from Spokane Public Schools in 2013.

Friends of Public Radio Arizona

Public Broadcasting and Media (Grantmaking)

Mission:

The Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) assures the future vitality and excellence of the community's public radio and broadens its support through events, audience awareness and funding. The FPRAZ works in collaboration with Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5, and Public Radio Partners, Inc. in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.

From the Top

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, we empower these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.<br><br>Our classically-trained musicians, ages 8­­-18, astonish audiences with their skill and talent. Their hard work, dedication, and passion make them role models for their peers (and adults, too!). Yet, when they tell us about their lives outside of music, we are reminded that they are typical kids and teenagers, with normal worries and big dreams. In this winning combination we see a bright future, filled with the joy and hope that music offers to the world.

GRIST

Public Broadcasting and Media

Mission:

Grist is the nation's favorite independent source of green news and views. Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 -- which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf, Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all. Grist provides incisive and irreverent information that connects readers to the environmental issues that are part of everyday life, like food, energy, climate, politics, consumption, and pop culture.

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