President Trump has delivered his budget request to Congress for the fiscal year 2019, which proposes significant cuts to and, in some cases, the complete elimination of key federal agencies – like the National Endowment for the Arts. This has the potential both to end valuable direct investments in our local communities and to dismantle tremendous partnerships with philanthropy that have strengthened our country.

Some seven years ago, it was the then Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts who was able to bring us together as foundation leaders because his agency had a strong history of investing in each of our communities.  He was also able to bring together senior officials from agencies like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency because he was their peer in the federal government.

Federal agencies are charged with serving all Americans in every community; no private philanthropy has the resources or the infrastructure to do that.  Foundation dollars are meant to be risk capital; public funding exists to bring tested interventions to scale.

Read the full article about the National Endowment for the Arts at ArtPlace.