Achates believes that we should be a vibrant part of the cultural ecosystem and we make our contribution in a range of ways: from pro bono sessions for organisations facing key challenges, to the regular support offered by Achates Live! and Achates Inspires, through to our sponsorship of initiatives and programmes led by the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation (formerly the Achates Philanthropy Foundation).

In 2024 we launched Achates Community to ensure that organisations of all scales have access to the full range of Achates knowledge and expertise on demand at a low cost.

Achates is a proud sponsor of The Cultural Philanthropy Foundation’s Culture Makes… campaign which will see cultural organisations across the UK celebrate the value and impact of culture. Click here to find out more and sign up. 

Celebrate the 8 Types of Impact of Culture and Heritage©. Find them on our website here.

Previous programmes include:


2023 We are proud to support the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation and their new Ticket Bank initiative which offers free/donate-what-you-can tickets for theatre, dance, music, comedy and film across the capital to those most affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

And we are delighted to sponsor the new Thought Leadership series. You can watch the live stream here of its inaugural event  on Wednesday 8 November 2023, with an unmissable in-conversation event with Darren Walker OBE, president of the Ford Foundation, at the US Embassy in London. 

2022 The Achates Philanthropy Prize 

2021 The Artist-led Symposium ‘All that’s been revealed

2020 The Thought Leadership Virtual Conference ‘Art, Audiences and Money’ 

2019 The Achates Philanthropy Prize 

2016-2018 The Achates Philanthropy Prize


More information can be found on the Cultural Philanthropy Foundation website.


The Achates Philanthropy Foundation Prize




We are delighted to have sponsored the 2022 Achates Philanthropy Prize, the sixth edition of the only prize that celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK and the democratisation of culture.

Trailblazing first-time supporters for Battersea Arts Centre and Spread the Word share the Individual Philanthropy Award in the first joint-win in the history of the Prize

The Big House and 42 Management & Production win the Corporate Award

Roundhouse receive Judges’ Special Commendation

Achates is also proud to have donated 8 Bursaries to cultural organisations in either strategy or fundraising support, awarded to Futures Theatre, Music in Hospitals & Care, SAVVY Theatre & The Poetry Exchange 

Watch the Awards Ceremony here.