New York Foundation For The Arts Inc

aka NYFA   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  http://www.nyfa.org

Mission

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was established in 1971 as a service organization to financially support individual artists throughout New York State. Over its nearly 50 years history, NYFA’s mission has expanded to offer critical support, resources, and other opportunities to the creative community nationwide. We do so through four core programs: Learning, Fiscal Sponsorship, Awards & Grants, and Online Resources. Our programs are tailored to the needs of our constituents, with a particular focus on serving under-represented and under-resourced communities, to ensure all individuals in the creative community receive the support they need to thrive.

Notes from the nonprofit

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYFA is committed to continuing to support our constituents in all the ways we can, to ensure that they maintain access to the resources they need to persevere.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Michael L Royce

Main address

20 Jay Street Suite 740

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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EIN

23-7129564

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the help of our supporters, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is working to underscore the vital role the arts plays in our society. Over our nearly 50 year history, we have fostered the experience and expertise to provide individuals in our creative community with the financial and professional support they need to sustain and advance their careers. The resources and services provided by NYFA help bolster the careers of artists, creatives, and arts professionals from a diverse array of cultural and artistic backgrounds, with a focus on serving individuals from underrepresented and under-resourced communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Awards & Grants

Established in 1985, our Awards and Grants program has distributed more than $39 million to over 5,000 artists working across all disciplines. The Artist Fellowship Program is NYFA’s longest running award, and distributes over half a million dollars annually to nearly 100 New York State artists. Through the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, we award over $1 million annually to help elevate the voices of women working in these industries. In addition to our ongoing programs, NYFA has been a leader in creating emergency funding to support artists in times of crisis. In 2020, with support from our funders, NYFA is administering multiple new emergency grant programs to aid artists nationwide during the COVID-19 crisis.

Population(s) Served

Launched in 2002, NYFA’s Online Resources have become a crucial tool for artists and arts professionals nationwide. Through our varied digital platforms, we provide extended access to specialized support to nearly 1 million individuals every year. Resources include the NYFA website, our Classifieds listing board, Source database, NYFACurrent blog, organizational and programmatic newsletters, emergency resources, and social media pages. NYFA Classifieds remains to be one of the largest national online opportunities boards in the arts and culture industry, and provides over half a million individuals with access to jobs, exhibition opportunities, and work space from some of the most reputable institutions in the country.

Population(s) Served

NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program is one of the oldest and most reputable programs of its kind in the country. Fiscal Sponsorship increases funding opportunities for individual artists and emerging arts organizations working in all disciplines by allowing them to raise funds using NYFA’s 501(c)3 status. Through the program, we have bolstered the voices of hundreds of artists and arts organizations, helping them raise funds to complete their projects and engage their communities. On average, we help to raise $3.4 million every year to support the work of over 200 active projects and emerging organizations.

Population(s) Served

NYFA Learning encompasses our professional development programs. Through topic-specific trainings and individualized mentoring support, we focus on putting professional tools and resources into the hands of artists, creatives, and arts administrators from every background and discipline, with a focus on empowering marginalized communities. NYFA Learning’s programs serve over 1,500 individuals every year with leadership and entrepreneurial training, informational presentations, and resources to help them develop sustainable careers. Signature initiatives include: The Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), Online Learning, Doctor’s Hours, the Artist as Entrepreneur Program, and the Emerging Leaders Program. In 2018, the second edition of "The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts" was published. This book is a comprehensive career guide, compiling a wealth of information for artists of all disciplines gathered by arts professionals and NYFA’s expert staff; it is available for purchase on our website.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fiscal Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Represents the number of new accepted and registered sponsored projects.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Online Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The NYFA Newsletter is a bi-weekly organizational email, sharing information on NYFA's fellowships, resources, deadlines, programming, and special projects.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Online Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through Facebook, NYFA shares information on upcoming opportunities and events, in addition to articles, interviews, and information relevant to the arts sector.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Awards & Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grants include the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, The Canadian Women Artist's Award, and more.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Awards & Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants include the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, the Canadian Women Artists' Award, and more.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Individuals engaged in NYFA's Immigrant Artist Program, Online Learning courses, Doctor's Hours, Professional Development Intensives, Workshops, NYFA Coaching, and the Work Sample Review Program.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fiscal Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) empowers the creative community by providing critical support, resources, and opportunities under four flagship programs: Learning, Fiscal Sponsorship, Awards & Grants, and Online Resources. Through our core programs, we provide artists, creatives, and arts professionals, from every background and discipline, with the necessary skills, resources, and networks to grow their careers. Our programs are tailored to the needs of our constituents, with a particular focus on serving under-represented and under-resourced communities, to ensure all individuals in the creative community receive the support they need to thrive.

NYFA supports artists and arts organizations through four flagship programs: Learning, Fiscal Sponsorship, Online Resources, and Grants & Awards. Initially created to serve artists living in New York State, our programming has grown to a national level, providing support to a diverse array of artists across the country. Our programs are tailored to the needs of our audience, with particular focus on serving under-represented and under-resourced communities. In order to access these communities, we partner with organizations across New York State and the nation, helping to connect artists to both local resources as well as our own. Through partner support, we are able to provide the majority of our programs free-of-charge. Information on NYFA events and opportunities is widely dispersed through NYFA’s various established online channels, including Classifieds, the NYFACurrent blog, NYFA’s organizational and programmatic newsletters, and multiple social media platforms.

Founded in 1971, NYFA has nearly 50 years of experience supporting artists across New York State. Our programs now reach audiences across the nation, and our Online Resources are accessed by nearly 1 million users annually. NYFA is indebted to the dedicated efforts of its staff, each of whom are equal parts administrative professional and creative. NYFA’s Board of directors is comprised of arts professionals, patrons, and working artists, all of whom provide integral insight, direction, and support for NYFA’s programs. Guidance is also provided by NYFA’s Artist Advisory Committee, which consists of a diverse group of artists currently working in the arts field.

In 2018, we commenced a new organizational strategic plan that outlines key initiatives we plan to undertake in the coming five years, including: growing our online resources and national programming, diversifying funding, and redoubling our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. In the past 3 years, our Grants & Awards program has launched multiple new awards, increasing accessibility for funding to artists across the U.S. These include grants specifically focused on elevating the voices of artists who identify as women, our first nationwide award, and vital emergency funding opportunties. In the past two years, we also expanded our Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program to individuals in California, Michigan, Texas, and New Jersey, serving over 100 artists working in a diversity of artistic disciplines. Through our Artist as Entrepreneur Intensive, we have provided free professional development resources and training to hundreds of artists from under-resourced communities across New York State. In addition, we are working to update the accessibility of our website and grow the online resources available to our audience. NYFA will continue to champion these programs, working towards expanding funding opportunities, professional development training, and vital resources to artists across the nation, with a particular focus on spotlighting voices from under-represented and under-resourced communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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New York Foundation For The Arts Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Marc Jason

Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein

J. Stevens

Fanwood Foundation

Judith Brodsky

Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University

Marc Jason

Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

Michael Findlay

Acquavella Galleries

Lorin Gu

Recharge Capital

Howard Pyle

MetLife Global Brand and Marketing

Sharon Held

The Corcoran Group

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Writer

Mary Lang

Prologis Inc.

Dread Scott

Artist

Justin Tobin

DDG

J. McDade

Morgan Stanley

Carmelita Tropicana

Artist

Lana Woods

The Lana Woods Gallery

Alexandra Chasin

The New School

Kerrie Buitrago

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

David Steele

Founder & CEO, One Wealth Advisors

Christopher Donini

Managing Director, The Raine Group

Jennifer Surprenant

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/05/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability