FAN Facts

Since its inception in 1996, FAN has awarded over $4,000,000 in grants.

FAN Fact Sheet

WHAT

The Funding Arts Network (FAN), formerly fifty over fifty, inc., is a non-profit 501[C]3 organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the Miami-Dade community by providing a funding source for local visual and performing arts programs.

Funding Arts Network’s governing documents, conflict of interest policy, financial statements and Form 990 are available for public inspection upon written request to FAN at fan@fundingartsnetwork.org

WHEN

FAN was established in 1996 with an initial goal of 50 members, each contributing $1,000 to an annual funding pool for the arts. The first grant awards were made in December 1996 to seven organizations receiving a total of $50,600. In 2011 FAN awarded $200,000 to 35 organizations and presented a joint award with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of $25,000 for a new work. Over its 21-year history FAN has provided over $4,000,000 in grants to the visual and performing arts.

WHY

At a time of exciting developments in the arts, yet declining government and corporate support, private philanthropy must provide leadership in funding arts programs. FAN offers a new source of support for the arts and provides a vehicle for expanding education, involvement and appreciation of the arts for its members. By pooling our membership dollars, we make a larger impact in our community.

HOW

Approximately 250 members contribute $1,000 per year, creating an annual arts support fund. There is no fundraising. A competitive grants program provides awards yearly to non-profit visual and performing arts organizations for presentations in Miami-Dade County. Grant finalists are selected through a rigorous screening process in which member screening teams review and discuss the applications submitted by the arts organizations. FAN provides professional training in grant evaluation to screening teams. All members vote on final grant award recipients. 

Quarterly membership luncheons showcase new trends, developments and issues related to the visual and performing arts. They feature panel discussions among leaders in the local arts community and provide a lively forum for expanding awareness and understanding of the arts today.