Catalyst: Endowment

Art workshop in the Davidson Ballroom Gallery

Quadruple the value of your donation when you give to the Holburne’s Endowment.

To continue our investment in exhibitions of the highest quality and to keep expanding our learning programmes to reach more people we must ensure our future financial security. The only way to protect the Holburne for future generations is to grow our capital funds to £8million by 2016, when we celebrate 100 years in our Grade I listed building.

We have made a tremendous start to this Campaign through the DCMS/Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst: Endowments scheme. Their support of a £1million matched funding grant combined with a further match funding grant of £250,000 from a private trust, means that we are in the exceptional position of being able to quadruple any donation you make to our Campaign. For your donation to benefit from this very generous support: 

  • your pledge must be made before the deadline set by the private trust of the end of October 2013; and
  • the funds must be received by us before March 2016.

So, by way of example, if you chose to pledge £2,000 a year for four years (from now until March 2016 - the HLF deadline), with gift aid, this will become £40,000 in our endowment. In real terms, with tax relief of 20%, the cost to you would be £1,600. But your gift, based on an average return of 5% a year, would keep giving the Holburne £2,000 a year - forever!

To make a donation download our donation form here>>

Or, for further information please contact our Head of Development Caron Thomas on 01225 388564.

If you are a UK taxpayer we can reclaim the tax on your donation. For every £1 you give we can claim a further 25p from the Inland Revenue. If you are a US tax payer, please contact the Museum for further information on tax efficient giving. 

Supported by DCMS / Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst: Endowment




What will the Endowment support?

With the Museum’s Endowment at £8m by 2016 we will have the vital annual income available to underpin public engagement with, and support for, the collection through the following measures:

Continuing to maintain the collection at its very best:
  •  Involving the preservation of the works by underpinning curatorial and supporting staff roles
  •  Ensuring the highest standard of environmental conditions within the building for the care of the collection.

Developing programmes and displays to engage as wide a public as possible with the collection, the building and its site:
  •  By regularly re-interpreting the collection – for example through supporting innovative exhibitions, artists-in-residence project, and new interpretative tools
  •  Audience development and work on visitor retention, such as encouraging new audiences through exploring the collection in exciting and unexpected ways through the interventions of contemporary artists
  •  Developing participation and community projects, underpinning activity through forward planning and committed budgets