Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI)

Initiated in 2007, the Aspen Institute’s Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI develops and disseminates knowledge in order to strengthen the charitable impact of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field as a force in cultural philanthropy and art stewardship. To realize this mission, AEFI undertakes innovative research and offers programs designed for key audiences whose members create, lead, and influence artist-endowed foundations.

In addition to research and publications, AEFI’s programs include: the annual Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, providing professional development to new leaders entering the field; the annual Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership Forum, an invitational convening of foundation leaders addressing key issues and innovations; Artists’ Conversations, small-group sessions introducing artists considerations in foundation creation; and Local Programs, public panel discussions in artist-intensive cities across the country, fostering knowledge about the field among the interested public as well as leaders in the arts, philanthropy, education, and media. See AEFI’s publications and programs at

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