American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.
From humble beginnings and a handful of members in 1972, AIC has grown to include more than 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in more than twenty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.
Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon is the only state to have such a program as the Oregon Cultural Trust, which partners with over 1,300 cultural nonprofits throughout the state. A gift to one or more of these qualifying nonprofit organizations such as the Portland Art Museum followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust allows a donor to claim a tax credit. The tax deductible portion of memberships to many Oregon cultural organizations also qualifies toward the matching gift.
The Trust recently announced $1.47 million in statewide grants benefiting 57 cultural nonprofits including a recent gift to the Portland Art Museum, 40 county and tribal coalitions and five state cultural partners. Those grants are made possible entirely by donors who gave to the Trust and to any number of Oregon’s nonprofits to earn Oregon’s unique cultural tax credit. The cultural tax credit makes Trust gifts free and gives donors the power to create grants that benefit the cultural nonprofits they already value.
Oregon Community Foundation
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. Thousands of citizens have created a permanent endowment for Oregon through OCF – an endowment that will help Oregonians today and for generations to come. Many donors make gifts annually to the Portland Art Museum through OCF.
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) is an independent international organization that promotes the knowledge, methods, and working standards needed to protect and preserve historic and artistic works throughout the world.
IIC members, from conservators and restorers, to conservation scientists, collection managers, curators, and art historians, aim to provide the highest possible level of care for the world's cultural heritage.
The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.