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City Arts and Lectures


City Arts and Lectures is a nonprofit library. With $2.2m in revenue and 7 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1982, City Arts and Lectures is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 90% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.5m.

This profile was created with publicly available data obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and the nonprofit organization’s website. ALMA has no affiliation with this organization and has not independently verified this information or otherwise vetted the charity.

City Arts and Lectures


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Mission and Work


To provide literary events for the benefit of the general public and charitable organizations.

Program 1

$1.3m annual program spend • City arts & lectures produces approximately 50 events each fiscal year. These events are primarily on-stage interviews with writers, poets and other artists.

Program 2

City arts & lectures productions benefit other exempt organizations in the community.

From City Arts and Lectures's website

In their words

Since 1980, San Francisco-based non-profit City Arts & Lectures has offered unique programs with leading figures in arts and ideas. Each year there are more than fifty lectures and onstage conversations – and a few surprise performances, film tributes, and concerts – with outstanding writers, critics, scientists, performing artists, and cultural figures from around the world. City Arts & Lectures offers the broadest perspectives about ideas and values, the creative process, and how we think about the world we live in.

City Arts & Lectures events are held in the historic Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse) in San Francisco’s Performing Arts Center. Programs can be heard via edited and delayed broadcasts on more than 130 public radio stations across the country. Radio broadcasts are co-produced with KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco.

Executive Directors
Kate Goldstein-Breyer
Holly Mulder-Wollan

Design & Communications Director
Alexandra Washkin

Production & Communications Assistant
Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo

Board of Directors
Tracy Chapman, Dave Eggers, Peggy Garlinghouse, Cherry Jones, Julie Kim, Tom Layton, Tom Luddy, Barry Traub, Calvin Trillin, Sydney Goldstein In Memoriam, Susan Sontag In Memoriam

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Grants received

These are some of the foundations that have funded City Arts and Lectures in recent years.

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Grants made

These are some of the grants City Arts and Lectures has made in recent years to other charities.


Sekou Smith

Oakland, CASekou Smith is a nonprofit focused on fundraising related to recreation and athletics. Founded in 2012, Sekou Smith is headquartered in Oakland, CA.
1 grant(s) totaling $30k


Joyful Heart Foundation

New York, NYJoyful Heart Foundation is a nonprofit focused on children's and youth services. With $3.8m in revenue and 29 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
1 grant(s) totaling $33k


Henrietta Lacks Foundation

Roseland, NJHenrietta Lacks Foundation is a nonprofit focused on emergency assistance, such as food, clothing and cash. Founded in 2011, Henrietta Lacks Foundation is headquartered in Roseland, NJ.
1 grant(s) totaling $10k


826 Valencia

San Francisco, CA826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
3 grant(s) totaling $202k


Freedom of the Press

San Francisco, CAFreedom of the Press Foundation protects and defends public-interest journalism in the 21st Century.
1 grant(s) totaling $15k


The Dream Corps

Oakland, CADream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all.
2 grant(s) totaling $21k


Hamilton Families

San Francisco, CAA shelter and services for homeless families in Oakland and San Francisco. We house up to 75 families per night in shelters and transitional housing.
1 grant(s) totaling $8.0k

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