Thriving Cultures

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The Outcomes We Seek

Policy Development

We seek to advance public and private sector policies that explicitly articulate how to close racial disparities by funding research and policy papers that translate initiatives we have funded into actionable recommendations for the public and private sector.

Knowledge Cultivation

We seek to foster greater knowledge about how arts, culture, and design are essential to equitable community development, social movements, and narrative change.


We believe that increasing the quality and quantity of racial justice research will create the conditions for new policies and practices that produce better outcomes for people of color and low-wealth communities to be implemented and adopted broadly. We support community-based action research, policy think tanks, and cultural critics with the capacity to influence the allocation of resources by government agencies, philanthropy and corporations to generate more racially equitable outcomes in their communities.

Grants under this strategy will be announced beginning January 2019.
To view other Thriving Cultures grants, please click here.

Reports & Publications
July 21, 2017

Helicon Collaborative Report: Not Just Money

Helicon Collaborative recently released Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy, a research study conducted with funding from the Surdna Foundation. The study continues Helicon's examination of inequities in arts funding in the…