Rise of the philanthropic ‘mega gift’, and how you can join the trend

A new report shows that philanthropists are giving more, and offers pathways to getting the 'ask' right.
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What sits behind a trend of record-breaking multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns? A new white paper (released 28 March) by Noble Ambition, titled ‘Big Picture Giving‘, says that vision, leadership and collaboration are key pillars for philanthropic success.

The paper continues, ‘The rise in ambition in mega gifts in recent years presents a new era of opportunity for arts and culture organisations to achieve their fundraising goals.’ It is good news, in an era of reduced and competitive funding off the back of the pandemic.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina