Funder History


Round 4 Funders



Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. The Foundation invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. knightfoundation.org



Howard Gilman believed in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Howard Gilman Foundation honors his legacy by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City. howardgilmanfoundation.org



The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. Our goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst. hearstfdn.org

Round 3 Funders

In 2018, the Rising Leaders of Color Program is supported by The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis, The Howard Gilman Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Round 2 Funders

In 2017, the Rising Leaders of Color Program is supported by Meyer Memorial Trust and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.


Round 1 Funders

In 2016, the Rising Leaders of Color Program is supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment and Weissberg Foundation.


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