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The Achates Philanthropy Prize 2018

At Spektrix we believe strongly in building the capacity of arts organisations across the UK, Ireland and North America. For many not-for-profit arts organisations, that means building and constantly innovating the best possible philanthropic programmes to encourage vital contributed income.

This is why we are doing all we can to support best practice in fundraising through the system and with our support and training programmes. But we are equally proud of our ongoing support of the Achates Philanthropy Prize. In its third year, the Prize celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK and will award a total of £10,000, split between the Corporate Philanthropy Award and the Individual Philanthropy Award. At Spektrix we have been involved from the first prize announcement in 2016 and are proudly sponsoring the Individual Philanthropy Award again this year.

I am honoured to be on the judging panel again this year joined by Régis Cochefert, Director of Grants and Programmes at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse; Anisa Haghdadi, Founder and CEO of The Beatfreeks Collective; Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England; Ed Vaizey MP, the former Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy; and Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport among others.

In past years, we have honoured the inspiring first-time philanthropic partnership of Nigel Farnall and Theatre Royal Stratford East, winners of the 2016 Prize and Claire and Ray Gard in partnership with Plough Arts Centre who won last year’s prize. Both of these stories of first-time philanthropy bring exciting examples of systematic relationship building combined with creative initiatives and are great models for successful individual gifts fundraising.

Achates Philanthropy have now opened the 2018 Call for Entries and you can find out more about how you can enter here. Entries close 4 September 2018. We hope you will enter and share your organisation’s story of inspiring a first-time philanthropist.