The Achates Philanthropy Prize has launched its first bursaries, offering 5 UK arts organisations a bespoke masterclass to support the development of their fundraising. The Archates Philanthropy Prize is facilitated by the Achates Philanthropy Foundation.
The bursaries are offered by the newly-established Achates Philanthropy Prize Ambassadors, which are a group of experienced arts professionals.
The Ambassadors will offer five organisations a bespoke day-long masterclass on cultural sector fundraising, tailored to their specific needs in infrastructure and skills development.
The Bursaries will be awarded to organisations that have not been selected for the 2019 Achates Philanthropy Prize shortlists but have shown considerable potential in their audience strategy and fundraising activity.
One of the Ambassadors, and a previous winner of the Prize, Annemarie Shillito said:
“The Plough Arts Centre, based in rural northern Devon, has been shortlisted three times for the Achates Philanthropy Prize and won the Individual Philanthropy Award in 2017. This was a huge boost for us and enabled a whole new tranche of individual bursaries for children in hardship. I now feel honoured to be joining the Ambassadors team, introducing new organisations to the possibilities the Prize presents.
“We will be working regionally and offering our individual support to organisations applying and are happy to talk through the process, which is very easy and based on telling the story of a first-time cultural supporter. The Ambassadors will also lead on tailored fundraising masterclasses for those who don’t quite make the shortlist. This is such an inclusive, win-win process, which I know will lead to benefits for a much wider group than ever before.”
The winners of the inaugural Bursaries will be announced alongside the winners of this year’s Achates Philanthropy Prize at an event at Rich Mix on Tuesday 19 November 2019.
The call for entries for the Prize is open until Monday 16 September.
Image: Anne Marie Shillito (third on right) with 2017’s winning philanthropists,
Claire and Ray Gard, as well as Prize judges and sponsors. Achates Philanthropy
Foundation Chair, Caroline McCormick, is second on the right, while Richard
Wolfenden-Brown, Director at The Plough Arts Centre, is on the far left.
Credit: Michal Polak.
Source: UK Fundraising.