The Living Heritage Foundation

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation


 A charity founded in 2012 that expands the careers of outstanding professional artists of any ethnicity who have enriched programming with work by or about African Americans or women of note.  They are all independent contractors (beyond scholarships & Young Artist programs) with little time for writing large grants as they tour to enrich our lives.  But they have great opportunities to gain and dream projects to share.  Founded by such an artist, Susheel Bibbs,*  LHF fills a special need for these dynamic artists through grants, fiscal sponsorships, masterclasses, and more. WE GIVE TO THE GIVERS!  -- And we need you to do it.  

 Dynamic projects & support


Thanks to LHF--

  • 12-16 artists reveal Sims' Majesty of the Spiritual at Lincoln Ctr, in SF & Chicago
  • MET star Bryce-Davis completes her first album in praise of women
  • Bibbs' award-winning Films go to Cannes and PBS
  • Fuentes sees his first concerto finished & performed
  • LHF completes a work of legendary Black composer William Grant Still and it's performed! 
  • Dancer-choreographer-scholar Osumare tours her award-winning book
  • Michael Morgan, Beloved conductor, is given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Breckenridge's life of Jacqueline Du Prés wins a Dora (Canadian Tony) 
  • Carlos and Brennen, a clarinet duo, debuts at Carnegie Hall debut. 

The list goes on --  artists to audition in Europe, sing opera in China, make a recording in New Zealand, perform at the MET, Lincoln Center, and Spoleto Festival, and present international masterclasses on Zoom -- An amazing record for a small organization!  WE ARE SMALL BUT MIGHTY!


Our programs include fiscal sponsorship, emergency & travel grants, project mentoring, and special projects that support our mission and advance the careers of excellent artists.


Help us distribute & publish 2 Hyers Sisters' works -- America's first musicals (1876 & 79)!!

 Help distribute & publish 2 Hyers Sisters' works (1876 & 79) 


Our mission is to support dream projects & programs through grants, fiscal sponsorship, and mentoring that will expand the careers of accomplished arts and media professionals who have already enriched our programming with works by/about African Americans or women of note. This is executed by a wonderful Board -- B'way producer-best-selling author Sharleen Cooper Cohen, renowned baritone Robert Sims, Executive Lou Ziskind, actress-director Iona Morris Jackson, celebrated collage artist Nedra Williams, and esteemed pedagogue Jane Randolph. Says our founder/President Susheel Bibbs, “Art goes beyond closed doors and hearts to enrich us all. Who better to create new art than the finest professionals, young and old? With little time for grant writing, but with ideas, they are ready to create outstanding art. LHF steps in to help those "givers" fulfill their dream projects, expand their careers, & enrich us all."


1. GRANTS: $25,000 for artist-project, travel, & emergency grants and a Lifetime Achievement Award

2. SPECIAL LHF PROJECTS: $6000 to edit & assemble a definitive book on Mother of Civil Rights Mary Pleasant and to issue the first digitized version of America's first musicals 1876, 1879 (trailer below)

3. PROMOTIONAL EDITING: $5000 to create an LHF promotional trailer & to re-design our small, overview Website This will increase our visibility and support & offer applications.

4. ASSISTANCE: $7000 for a part-time editor-coordinator who can help build the support of volunteers and assist in editing our PR & events

5. NEW MASTER CLASSES: $3000 to produce 2 new international, online master classes with renowned artists. Previous master classes have included legendary bass-baritone Simon Estes, soprano Osceola Davis, vocal master Gregory Lamar, and actress-director Iona Morris

6. OFFICE EQUIPMENT: $4000 for a new laptop with editing software

Equity Statement

Our foundation is committed to equity and inclusion in all of our programs. Grants, mentoring, fiscal sponsorship, and special programs are available to all who qualify without regard to preference, race, or ethnicity.

Organization Data


Organization name

The Living Heritage Foundation

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$50,001 - $100,000

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Technology, Space: Office or Other, Board Members, Volunteers

Demographics Served

General population, Black/African American, Women/Female-identifying

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director & Board Chair

Local Counties Served

Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


123 Mint Leaf Wy.
Sacramento, CA 95838

Service areas


Sacramento, CA, US







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