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UoS Econ Impact Report CoverOn 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

Report into More and Better Giving

Giving-more-and-better_cover-235x333Philanthropy 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.


Digital Giving in the Arts

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

Hidden Surrey Report

Hidden Surrey – Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities (2010),  Dr. Helen Bowcock

Although Surrey is known to be one of the wealthiest counties in the United Kingdom, with the majority of its population enjoying a high quality of life, as the title of this revealing report suggests there are, in fact, many pockets of deprivation within the county. These are not evident from statistical data based on coarser mapping grids but become all too clear when finer grids are used. Furthermore, they frequently occur within towns and villages which are often associated in the minds eye with prosperity and high living standards. In some cases they are amongst the most deprived areas in the country.

It is our hope that this report will inspire more of those within our community with the means to do so to consider contributing to our efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives throughout Surrey. Professor Patrick J Dowling CBE DL FRS, Chair, Community Foundation for Surrey