ACE creates director of philanthropy role

Clare Titley to start in February 2014
Patrick Steel
Arts Council England (ACE) has created the new role of director of philanthropy to help the sector to build skills and increase philanthropic giving across England.

The job description states: "As the 'lead' person on philanthropy across the country, the director of philanthropy will use their knowledge and experience to identify areas for action and build relationships with key stakeholders across the cultural sector to develop an understanding of the challenges facing arts fundraising."

Clare Titley will begin in the role, which is based in Bristol, in February 2014. Titley has over 15 years of fundraising experience in international development and the arts, and is currently assistant director of development at Welsh National Opera.

Phil Gibby, ACE’s area director South West, said: “Clare has spent her recent career working outside London, which gives her an invaluable insight into the challenges facing the sector in the regions.

“This perspective will help to support our ambitions to work more closely with the sector to build skills and increase philanthropic giving across England.”

Mark Taylor, director of the Museums Association, said: "So far, the drive to encourage more philanthropy seems to be, at best, only a partial success.

"It has to be good to have somebody dedicated to the topic. Her first priority has to be the smaller institutions outside of the usual philanthropy honey spots."

Speaking at a debate at the Museums Association Conference in Liverpool last month, David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, questioned whether museums outside London could benefit from philanthropy: “If you’re looking through London-tinted spectacles it might just be possible.

"[But for] a city like Liverpool or Hull or Leicester or Leeds or Newcastle or Sunderland to replace the public expenditure that’s poured in from the whole nation over a long period, expecting that the private sector is going to pick up the public sector bills... [that] is not going to happen.”

ACE chairman Peter Bazalgette, also speaking at the debate, said: “Nobody in the arts council is saying, and you’ll never hear me saying, it’s a way of replacing government money. But out of necessity we have to get better at fundraising and we have to find ways of doing it.

“It’s not a replacement for public expenditure, it’s bloody tough, it’s incredibly difficult outside London, but we have to try to improve it, it is possible to improve it, and we have to give it our best go.”

Ways in which it could be improved, he added, were by developing better strategies for raising money; getting local communities to support institutions; getting donors to understand the available tax breaks; involving "the baby boomer generation" across the country; and building relations with community foundations.

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