BOA's book sales generate approximately 35% of its operating budget. Copyright permissions account for another 8-9% of its income.
Government grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, and Monroe County Mid-Sized Arts Grants provide approximately 11% of BOA's annual funding.
Private foundations such as The Lannan Foundation and individual donations make up the rest of its budget. BOA's annual fundraising campaign is launched anew each fall. One major fundraising event, Dine & Rhyme, takes place in Rochester, NY, each year.