Arts and cultural organizations provide spaces that are a reflection of our society – spaces that convene people of all walks of life and inspire discourse on contemporary issues of the past, present, and future. At CCS Fundraising, we understand that multigenerational engagement in the arts is critical for it to thrive. We have the skills to listen closely to the priorities of our partners, their patrons, and the communities they serve, and marry those priorities with fundraising best practices.

Over the past several decades, we have worked with hundreds of symphonies, orchestras, theaters, museums, libraries, and other arts and cultural institutions. Through our immersive and tailored approach, we meet our partners where they are in their fundraising journeys and provide access to a dedicated team of fundraising experts. Whether it be developing major gift strategies, managing fundraising campaign initiatives, optimizing membership and annual funding programs, working closely with leadership to align and enhance internal resources, or other development priorities, we work shoulder to shoulder with our partners to help them raise funds and achieve their goals.

Featured Case Studies

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

CCS partnered with NMAAHC and its leadership on a landmark campaign, which exceeded its goal by raising more than $320 million in private philanthropic support for its historic opening in Washington, DC.

Portland Art Museum

Western U.S.

The Portland Art Museum engaged CCS to provide a mid-campaign assessment, campaign management support, and additional capacity-building support. As a result, the $100 million Connection Campaign has become the largest and most successful campaign in the Museum’s 129-year history.

Kansas City Symphony

Central U.S.

CCS assisted Kansas City Symphony as it embarked on its most ambitious fundraising effort ever—a $55 million endowment campaign—to strengthen its commitment to education and the community, assert its position as a civic asset, and deepen its artistic excellence.

We hired our friends at CCS because we knew the professionalism and expertise of their team would give us an incredible chance for success. We absolutely recommend you consider CCS a partner for your next campaign.

Jonathan Norris, Vice President of Development, Nashville Symphony

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Resources for Arts & Culture Nonprofit Leaders

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CCS Philanthropy Pulse

The CCS Philanthropy Pulse survey report provides a window into the fundraising practices of almost 900 organizations based on data collected in late 2021. Check out both our main report and sector-specific spotlights for Arts & Culture, Health, Higher Education, Human Services, Independent Schools, and Religion.

January 25, 2022
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Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropists

The future of philanthropy revolves around engaging our next generation of donors—Generation Z and Millennials. Understanding how to attract, retain, and grow your young professional pipeline will ensure long-term sustainability for your organization.

April 5, 2021
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Sustainable Philanthropy in the New World: Endowment Growth for Arts and Culture Organizations

Endowments have long been an important tool for arts and culture organizations to promote financial stability and growth in their community. Endowments provide an important income stream when other earned revenues may have ceased.

July 29, 2020