Leveraging Philanthropy and Collaboration

The Lodestar Foundation seeks to expand the overall capacity of the social sector by promoting philanthropy, volunteering, public service, nonprofit collaboration and other business practices.

Merger of Arts Education Organizations

Walden Theater operated a performing arts conservatory for middle and high school students, a small in-school performing arts program for elementary school students and a summer camp program in Louisville, Kentucky.  Blue Apple Players, also based in Louisville, ran one of the largest in-school arts and education programs serving 25,000 pre-K and elementary school students each year. The two organizations had collaborated on programs for over a decade and shared many of their contracted artist staff. After having engaged in loose merger conversations for three years, the organizations merged, providing succession planning, a continuum of programs and substantial cost savings. The SeaChange-Lodestar Fund supported the merger.

Grant Information

Grant Amount
$15,000
Year Granted
2015
Grantee
Walden Theater
Location
KY - Kentucky