for Arts
& Culture
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Get Involved

We hope you will want to get involved in NPAC. If you are an arts organisation we hope you will find our resources useful. Please do get in touch if you would like to have a further conversation.

If you are a new or existing arts supporter (or would just like to find out more), please join NPAC on our journey.

If you are interested in developing an individual giving network in your local area, find out more about establishing a local network.

If you are an arts supporter keen to nurture the next generation of supporters, why not become a mentor?

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How do I become an arts supporter?

  • Identify a cause, for example you might be interested in arts in health or dance education
  • Consider the outcomes or impact you are interested in funding
  • Determine a level of contribution
  • Look for potential opportunities; our case studies offer a glimpse into some of the inspiring work taking place across the sector
  • Establish a philanthropy plan
  • Consider creating a long-term giving relationship with your chosen arts organisation(s)
  • Engage your network to join you in supporting the sector


Setting up a place-based network

The importance of a local approach has been seen in several successful location-based culture driven redevelopments across the country, including initiatives created as part of both successful and unsuccessful bids for UK City of Culture. Through cultural development significant change can be brought to areas in a number of ways, for example:

  • Helping a place, and particularly its young people, to grow more confident, raise aspiration and attainment levels, and create many more opportunities to develop
  • Building a society that is more inclusive and can help tackle issues of discrimination, loneliness and social isolation
  • Creating a healthier populace and increase the wellbeing of citizens
  • Driving economic regeneration and growth
  • Creating a better place in which to live and work, embedding sustainable social change as central to the future

The cultural multiplier, the return from focusing attention, encouragement and investment in culture, is so much greater in less affluent regions. It is in such towns and cities that culture is not just ‘nice to have’, it is a fundamental game-changer and becomes a powerful force of regeneration, both culturally and economically.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased focus on the hyper-local and recognition that local partnerships are likely to be the most effective constructs to rebuild local economies and engage local support.

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Mentoring the next generation of supporters

Arts organisations and their boards alike are concerned about succession, both finding the next generation of trustees and the next generation of arts supporters.

Research by Beacon Collaborative attempts to set out the giving patterns amongst younger donors and their likely needs.

Mentoring and nurturing the next generation of arts trustees is a key priority for NPAC. If you would be interested in serving as a mentor we would be delighted to hear from you.

Meanwhile, a pilot initiative for identifying new trustees is being developed under the name of Responsible Influence in Arts & Culture (RIAC). RIAC is developing a network of young professionals who are interested in supporting the arts and culture sector as trustees. Each RIAC member will be matched with an arts organisation which is looking to add to its Board of Trustees and will receive mentoring from an experienced arts trustee, which we hope will also be of benefit to the arts organisation. If you would be interested in learning more about our work in developing the next generation, or in becoming an arts trustee, please email

For further information about the role of a trustee of an arts organisation, you may also be interested in exploring the Trustee Leadership Programme for new or aspiring Trustees run by Cause4.

Join us

Join our network of interested arts organisations, philanthropists and individuals. NPAC is working to convene philanthropists to support arts organisations and build relationships across the sector. Sign up below or email

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