On Monday 16 May 2016, the results of the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village Economic Impact Study were launched. Speakers included Sir David Verey, Professor Graham Miller and Professor Gang Li of the University of Surrey, Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery Trust, and Dr Helen Bowcock of The Hazelhurst Trust.
Research from this study has revealed that the economic impact of Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village significantly boosts the local economy in and around Guildford. This impact extends to the wider economy as well, with the Artists’ Village contributing over £7.76 million in terms of additional gross turnover for the UK and supporting 124 additional jobs.
The study was conducted over a 10-month period from March to December 2015, with data for the study coming from a post-visit survey, the Artists’ Village’s management data and desk research for UK economic data. Through looking at visitor spending, the Gallery’s operating expenditure and its knock-on effect on the wider economy, it was revealed that the Artists’ Village directly contributed £2.62 million worth of additional gross turnover to other local businesses.
“In times of economic austerity, it is often arts and cultural institutions that suffer from reduced investment. However, what is clear from our study is that investment in the arts has value beyond the aesthetic, directly contributing to local and national wealth. We shouldn’t undervalue the work that local attractions play in increasing regional prosperity. Whether bringing in visitors who spend money in the surrounding area, directly creating jobs and supporting local suppliers, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village has an impact far beyond its doors.” Professor Li, University of Surrey
Philanthropy has a long and rich history in the UK, catalysing some of the major social changes and founding most of our most well-known and valued institutions. The affluent in Britain do give significantly, but there is a need for both more philanthropy and for the impact of that philanthropy to be greater.
This report, written by New Philanthropy Capital and commissioned by the Hazelhurst Trust, examines how philanthropists are influenced and encouraged or discouraged in their giving. It is informed by expert interviews and workshops with key organisations dedicated to developing greater philanthropy in the UK (NPC, The Philanthropy Workshop, Philanthropy Impact, Beacon Awards for Philanthropy, and Ten Years’ Time).
The report maps common donor journeys to identify the inflexion points which may result in donors deciding to give more or less. It also presents theories of change for more and better philanthropy to clarify the process of change and develop a common understanding to help organisations understand their role in this.
Previously unpublished research from Scorpio Partnership shows there is the potential to unlock an additional £4bn of private wealth for public good if there is a step change in giving behaviour. Moving towards this ambitious goal will require a wide range of coordinated activities by all the organisations working in the philanthropy sector.
Launch of Report into Philanthropic Giving by New Philanthropy Capital
Philanthropy has a long and rich history in the UK and expanding it is a core part of the work of the Hazelhurst Trust. A report that was commissioned by the Hazelhurst Trust, More and Better Philanthropy, was launched by New Philanthropy Capital in July 2016. It examines how philanthropists are influenced in their giving to help us think through how the philanthropy sector can improve. The report concludes that more and better philanthropy could unlock as much as £4bn of private wealth for public good. It includes donor journeys and theories of change to start a discussion about how we can achieve this. The report was covered in the Financial Times and Third Sector Magazine.
For more information and to download the report go to Reports.
Trustee of the Hazelhurst Trust installed as High Sheriff
On Friday 22nd March 2013, Dr Helen Bowcock was installed as the High Sheriff for the county of Surrey, for the 2013 – 2014 year. The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political, Royal appointment for a single year. The origins of the Office date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Whilst the duties of the role have evolved over time, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain central elements of the role today. In addition, High Sheriffs actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector. Many High Sheriffs also assist local charities working with vulnerable and other people both in endorsing and helping to raise the profile of their valuable work.
Helen’s themes for the year were philanthropy and the social impact of the arts.
The role of High Sheriff is voluntary and entirely self-funded.
Wigwam Public Relations
We work closely with Wigwam PR, a boutique public relations company based in Guildford with local, national and international experience. One of its Directors, Tamsin Williams has a particular passion for the arts and has experience in securing funding and sponsorship as well as communications strategy. Together with Wigwam and with Watts Gallery we organised two Forums on Philanthropy, one in 2011 hosted by the Watts Gallery and the other in 2012 at The Bulldog Trust at 2 Temple Place, London.
Cause4 was launched in May 2009 to support charities and social enterprises as development and fundraising partners across the community, arts, sports and education sectors. Cause4 aims to be a modernising influence and leader within The Third Sector, offering relevant and contemporary solutions for charities and social enterprises at a time when more creative, entrepreneurial approaches are much needed. We work with long-established national charities that wish to re-evaluate their approach to development, as well as with smaller local charities and social enterprises in their infancy.
UK Community Foundations
Matthew Bowcock, one of the trustees, was chair of UK Community Foundations from 2008 to 2013. During the time, UKCF (which was previously known as the Community Foundation Network – CFN) became the major force for community philanthropy in the UK. Total endowments held by foundations grew from £150m to over £300m and the network of 54 community foundations now supports over 25,000 voluntary community groups a year, with over £65m of grants.
In 2012, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt (later Maria Miller) asked Matthew Bowcock to prepare a report into the future of Digital Giving in the Arts as one of three reports exploring the future potential of philanthropy.
Matthew Bowcock believes that everyone is a potential philanthropist. This reinforces my view that we should not regard philanthropy as solely being about getting the rich to give more. Everyone has the opportunity to give, whether time or money……. I would encourage all arts and heritage bodies to read this report. Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In 2011, in response to the Government’s Big Society Agenda, Dr Helen Bowcock produced a report called Surrey’s Bigger Society.