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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

381 Lafayette St.

New York City, NY United States 10003-7022

Telephone: (212) 228-5283


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment
  • Operating foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-05-31)

Assets: $391,542,673

Total giving: $1,767,450






Established in 1990 in DE - Founded by the late Robert Rauschenberg, a famous Neo-Dadaist artist

Purpose and Activities

The foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Art + Environment

The goal of the Art + Environment program is to support effective methods for addressing climate change that leverage creativity and broad-based civic engagement. To receive program updates as they are announced, please join the foundation’s mailing list. You can also follow the foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

Artist as Activist Fellows

The fellowship provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere up to $100,000 over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are identified through a highly competitive open call for proposals. During the 2016 and 2017 fellowship cycles, the thematic frame is racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration. Artists with ambitious projects that tackle this critical issue are invited to seek up to $100,000 in support.

Artist as Activist: Organizations

This is a grant program highlighting the intersection of making art and catalyzing positive social change.

Regional Grants

The foundation is committed to investing in the places where the artist lived and worked for many years. Building on the deep ties Robert Rauschenberg had to New York (where the foundation is currently headquartered) and to Captiva, FL (the site of the Rauschenberg Residency program), the foundation has established a Regional Grants program, which provides support to area organizations both in and outside of the art sector. To administer these grants, the foundation has formed partnerships with community foundations in each area. In New York that work is guided by the New York Community Trust and in Florida by the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. For more information, consult the respective partnership organizations.

Fields of Interest

  • Art museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Climate change
  • Communication media
  • Education
  • Information and Communications
  • Museums
  • Publishing
  • Visual arts
International Interests
  • New York
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-05-31

Assets: $391,542,673 (market value)

Gifts received: $2,975

Expenditures: $9,454,573

Total giving: $1,767,450

Qualifying distributions: $6,495,262