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Values-aligned investing: cultural institutions bring DEI to their endowments

Sarah Lang May 27, 2021

Cultural institutions hold deep values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Walters Art Museum, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership, and the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums are just some of the organizations connecting the values of DEI to investment decisions at cultural institutions.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Impact Investing


Creative Economy; Community Development; Cultural Institutions; Mission-related and Values-aligned investing

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Demonstrate how impact investing can help cultural organizations put diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments into action, and make the case for cultural institutions to invest in the creative economy.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Artists & Culture-makers

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameLaura Callanan
  • TitleFounding Partner
  • OrganizationUpstart Co-Lab
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameChristine Kelleher
  • TitleCFO
  • OrganizationNational Gallery of Art
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameI.D. Aruede
  • TitleCo-Chief Operating Officer
  • OrganizationWhitney Museum of American Art
  • StatusConfirmed
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