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Big Give’s Arts for Impact campaign raises £2.8m for UK arts charities

BIG Give, the UK’s most successful match funding platform, celebrates a remarkable achievement with the conclusion of its inaugural Arts for Impact match funding campaign.

The campaign has surpassed all expectations by raising an outstanding £2,849,273 in support of 238 arts charities working across the UK.

Between the 19th and 26th of March, there were 12,386 donations made by the public to support a variety of impactful arts and culture organisations having a social impact on their local communities, spanning music, theatre, dance, visual arts, museums, galleries, and literature. Initially aiming to secure £2.5 million in funding, the campaign soared beyond its target, with total matched funds comprising £1.3 million, including gift aid contributions.

The campaign was run in partnership with New Philanthropy for Arts & Culture (NPAC), many of whose philanthropist members contributed to the campaign as champions. NPAC supported Big Give to design the programme and provided training and support for participating charities as well as advocacy across the arts and culture sector.

The funds raised will make a huge difference to charities amidst wider funding challenges and the cost of living crisis. By doubling the public’s donations through Arts for Impact, Big Give doubles its impact thanks to support from philanthropists, foundations and companies.

The resounding success of the Arts for Impact campaign serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment of individuals and organisations alike towards harnessing the transformative potential of arts and culture for the betterment of society. We have also observed the power of a place-based focus in several locations across the country, including targeted campaigns in Stoke on Trent and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Some of the charities participating in the campaign shared an example of the positive impact their charities are having in the local community:

Parent of Nucleo Student:

“With Nucleo, I know they are safe, they are busy, and they are learning something. They provide absolutely everything; they only demand commitment, nothing else, and that’s fantastic. It doesn’t matter whether you have money or not, the kids can enjoy it, and they don’t feel out of place. You can see kids from all backgrounds; it’s really great.  It’s like creating a community, besides just an orchestra or just an activity.”

Adele, early years teacher from Rutland:

“Watching my pupils’ enthusiasm in the classroom grow has been inspiring. For children who may never have engaged with arts and culture or been to visit a gallery before, it’s been a genuinely transformative experience.”

Matt Penn, Head Teacher, Great Alne Primary School:

“We are all feeling the pinch these days, and often schools have to box clever to deliver enrichment without passing on the costs to parents. The Stratford Literary Festival deliver bespoke events based on need and designed to inspire. Our last visiting author served up a feast of enthusiasm – resulting in children taking notepads to break time to write their stories on. That’s the sort of impact we’re after!”

Student from a MiSST partner school:

“My experiences with MiSST have not only shaped my musical abilities, but have also nurtured my confidence, creativity, and leadership skills. I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for MiSST, so I am forever grateful.”

To explore all of the participating charities, visit the campaign webpage:

James Reed CBE, Chair of Trustees for Big Give, said:

“The fact that we have been able to initiate such a fantastic inaugural arts campaign highlights the needs of these very deserving charities. More than ever, funding constraints are impacting those in the community that benefit from the arts, so it’s crucial we are able to help provide them this support.”

Sir Vernon Ellis, Chair of NPAC, said:

“This is an excellent outcome for the charities taking part in this first campaign of its kind, and I am thrilled with the level of new public support. Not only does it demonstrate that the impactful work of many hundreds of arts and culture charities encourages a broad base of support, but it also shows the power of using match funding to mobilise additional support for the arts.”

Tonya Nelson, Executive Director, Enterprise and Innovation, Arts Council England, said:

“We are delighted that so many great arts charities up and down the country have benefited from this excellent campaign. The generosity of the public and donors has shone a spotlight on the wide variety of causes that have a powerful impact on so many people’s lives.”


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