Major Supporters

Sustaining Groundswell's ability to use art as a tool for social change.
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Groundswell receives support from a wide range of individual donors and private foundations. Their generosity, together with contributions from our community partners, sustains our annual initiatives.


Our programs are also supported by public funds administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Mayor of New York City New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Office of Public Safety, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Education, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Housing Authority, STARS Citywide Girls Initiative of the New York City Council, and Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council.


We are grateful to the Office of the Mayor of New York City; the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President; Current and Former New York State Assembly Members Michael DenDekker, Richard Gottfried, Joseph Lentol, Daniel O’Donnell, Félix Ortiz, Robert Rodriguez, Nily Rozic, Luis Sepúlveda, and Jo Anne Simonz; the New York City Council; and New York City Council Members Mathieu Eugene, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Robert Cornegy, Karen Koslowitz, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Carlos Menchaca, Debi Rose, Helen Rosenthal, Antonio Reynoso, Ydanis Rodriquez, Ritchie Torres, Jumaane Williams, and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.



Major Foundation and Corporate Supporters, Fiscal Year 2017 


  • Altman Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Bay and Paul Foundations
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation
  • Christie’s
  • Colgate Scaffolding
  • Common Sense Fund
  • Con Edison
  • Construction Risk Partners
  • David Rockefeller Fund
  • Embrey Family Foundation
  • Gensler
  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Irene B. Wolt Lifetime Trust
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, National Association
  • Lambent Foundation
  • Lily Auchincloss Foundation
  • M&T Bank
  • Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
  • Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
  • Pinkerton Foundation
  • Railroad Construction Company
  • Sagalyn Family Fund
  • Sills Family Foundation
  • Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation
  • State Farm Youth Advisory Board
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Tiger Baron Foundation
  • Tikkun Olam Foundation




Each year, Groundswell curates unique programs for our key stakeholders to further develop their talents, embrace their creative expression and empower their respective voices.