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Melissa Cowley Wolf

Melissa Cowley Wolf is an advisor, author, speaker, coach, and yoga instructor. She is the founder of MCW Projects LLC, an advisory firm specializing in next era philanthropic strategy and organizational wellness for leaders and collectives who want to make an impact, and the director of Arts Funders Forum (AFF), an advocacy, media, convening, and research platform designed to increase private support for the arts. She has over twenty years of experience in philanthropy, programming, and strategic & campaign planning, contributing to campaigns up to $4 Billion, working with internationally renowned cultural, corporate, and academic leaders; philanthropists; collectors; and artists.

You can’t raise money in an environment of control

I think about this often these days, as a cultural sector seeking critical financial support attempts to keep pace with massive paradigm-shifting transformations—political, social, environmental, cultural, and artistic. Experiencing a profound societal reckoning, we are re-evaluating our values, our relationships, our priorities, whom we trust, and how we work


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SEPT 2023

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