Arts, Culture & Museums

Cultural organizations are an essential component of a thriving civil society with the power to connect and educate communities, represent diverse stories and experiences, and inspire us all.

That power depends on a broad spectrum of support to achieve an equally ambitious mission, be it introducing young audiences to visual and performing arts that celebrate cultures different from their own, bringing innovative STEM curriculum to classrooms around the country, nurturing artistic excellence and ensuring vast representation in today’s writers and poets, or creating cutting edge NPR programming. From the most avid patron of the arts to the visitors accustomed to showing support through gate sales, we understand the constituencies and related opportunities and challenges associated with the philanthropic base of cultural organizations. Planning for and implementing an ambitious campaign or adapting a patrons program for a new generation of donors and members, it’s critical to take a big picture view of your philanthropic needs – and to find a leader who does, too.

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For 45 years, Development Guild DDI has partnered with nonprofit organizations nationwide to achieve their most ambitious goals. Whether you need new talent, fundraising or campaign solutions, or strategic counsel, we can help.

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- Joe Bondi, Vice President for Development

The leadership and knowledge Development Guild has provided as our campaign consultant has been nothing short of excellent. Their team is curious, thoughtful, and accountable. Early in our work together, they gained the trust of our Campaign Committee who rely on them for expert advice and counsel. We are grateful for the structure they have helped us to create and the tools they have given us. We’re also grateful to them for their partnership.   

- Pam Tatge, Director

Our Arts, Culture & Museums Clients

  • AKC Museum of the Dog
  • American Repertory Theatre
  • Artis – Naples
  • Boston Ballet
  • The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston Public Library Foundation
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Celebrity Series of Boston
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.
  • Concord Museum
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Danforth Museum
  • deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
  • The Discovery Museums
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
  • Emily Dickinson Museum
  • Farnsworth Art Museum
  • French Cultural Center
  • Friends of the High Line
  • Friends of the Public Garden
  • From the Top
  • Fuller Craft Museum
  • Handel + Haydn Society
  • Historic New England
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Huntington Theatre
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Kauffman Foundation
  • Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • MacDowell
  • Mass Humanities
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Cultural Alliance
  • Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Museum of Afro American History
  • The Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)
  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • National Coast Guard Museum Association
  • National Museum Historical Society
  • New England Aquarium
  • Northern Stage
  • Ogunquit Playhouse
  • Paper Mill Playhouse
  • Plimoth Patuxet Museums
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • The Society of Arts and Crafts
  • Storm King Art Center
  • Studio in a School
  • Trinity Repertory Company
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • WBUR
  • WGBH, Boston
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • WNET/Thirteen
  • Worcester Historical Society
  • Yaddo
  • The Yard
  • Yiddish Book Center
  • Zoo New England