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Arts Quarter Launches Catalyst Arts Implementation Report

10th December 2012


Early indicators of positve developments in fundraising of funded organisations


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Arts Quarter has launched the findings from its survey of the 173 arts organisations in receipt of ACE Catalyst Arts: Capacity Building and Match Funding awards.  

The survey which was live throughout September and October sought to gather data from funded organisations on their pace of implementation of their award programmes as well as gather views of perceptions around their capacities to deliver their ambitions.  In all, 112 ACE Catalyst Arts funded organisations took part, representing 65% of those in receipt of awards under the programme.

Findings show that this aspect of the wider ACE Catalyst Arts programme is already starting to have positive impacts among those organisations in receipt of funding with significant proportions of respondents reporting increased levels of Trustee engagement in fundraising in addition to more organisations reporting that they now have in place effective fundraising Cases for Support compared to just six months ago.  

Nervousness around respondents' capacities to fully achieve their Catalyst fundraising targets is however significant with around half of respondents currently feeling that they may not achieve their financial goals over the three year period of the programme.  The area of fundraising around which there appears to be the greatest degree of caution is in delivering higher levels of individual giving.

In commenting on findings, John Nicholls, managing partner of Arts Quarter remarked, 'These remain very early days for the ACE Catalyst Arts: Capacity Building and Match Funding programme but early indicators seem to suggest that most organisations are meeting the expectations they set themselves in their original applications.  We hope that these findings will allow all of those in receipt of Catalyst Awards to learn from each other's experiences and indeed benchmark their own performance.  As we continue to return to this issue over the coming years and report further on developments, we also hope that through our further research, all in the arts community will be able to benefit from the learnings of funded organisations.'


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