Ingenious founder Patrick McKenna selected to join Achates Philanthropy Prize judging panel

Patrick McKenna, founder of Ingenious, has been selected as a member of the judging panel for this year’s Achates Philanthropy Prize. He will also chair the panel for the individual prize.

The Achates Philanthropy Prize is a national campaign to promote giving to the arts. It celebrates businesses, individuals and trusts that have supported culture for the first time within the last 12 months, with the aim of encouraging cultural organisations to engage more with first-time donors to advance the arts.

There are two awards, one for a business and one for an individual or trust. The winners will be appointed as custodian of one of the two prize sculptures for a year, while their nominating cultural organisation will receive a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation.

The 2019 Call for Entries opens on Monday 1 July, and both Awards will be presented at a special event at Rich Mix on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

McKenna said: “I am delighted to join the panel of judges for the 2019 Achates Philanthropy Prize and to chair the panel for the individual prize. The overall level of public subsidy going to the arts and culture sector has fallen by some 30% over the last decade.  Against this background cultural leaders are becoming ever more entrepreneurial in their approaches to revenue generation, but for most organisations this still leaves a significant funding gap to be filled by private giving. It is therefore excellent that the Achates Prize encourages the emergence of new philanthropists and I’m glad to be a part of it this year.”

For more information and to find out how to apply, please visit: www.achates.org.uk.