Department for Culture Media and Sport

philanthropy and fundraising

The Department is firmly committed to increasing the capacity of arts and cultural organisations to raise money through fundraising.

We have taken the following actions to help make this possible:

  • Charitable Giving: In the Budget on 23rd March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a significant package of new measures to support a drive towards greater charitable giving, worth around £600 million to charities.
  • Match Funding and Endowment Funds: Catalyst is the new £100m culture sector wide private giving investment programme aimed at helping cultural organisations diversify their income streams and access more funding from private sources. The new programme is made up of investment from Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the DCMS. The first recipients were announced on 20 June 2012, a list of organisations awarded grants is available in our news section
  • Michael Kaiser: We are grateful to Michael Kaiser for the time he kindly gave us on his recent trip to the UK. Footage of his fundraising seminars can be found on the Arts Council website.

There are a number of innovative fundraising and crowdfunding websites, which can prove useful portals for fundraising activities. These include We Fund, We Did This and Sponsume.