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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Business Contributions to the Arts 2018 Edition

The 2018 Business Contributions to the Arts survey has found generally positive outcomes for the arts community with regard to private-sector support during 2017. The data suggest that arts organizations are considered important partners in the public and private sectors, as organizations target both business and social outcomes.

The key findings below are drawn from a survey of 123 participants from organizations that made a contribution to a charity or philanthropic cause in 2017. The survey was conducted in the summer of 2018. It’s important to note that the data in the report are drawn from companies that support the arts, so the findings tend to show a more positive picture for arts support than may be the case in a more comprehensive study of corporate philanthropy, such as Giving in Numbers, published by CECP in association with The Conference Board.

For the full set of benchmarking data including all segmentations, members of The Conference Board can download the accompanying Chartbook at www.conference-board.org.

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AUTHORS

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Alex Parkinson

Communications Institute Co-Leader
The Conference Board
Principal
Parky Communications

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Randy Cohen

Vice President of Research and Policy
Americans for the Arts

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Emily Peck

Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives
Americans for the Arts

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