Our Individual Giving Manager introduces the work of The Tate Fund, how it supports events like Late at Tate and what they're working on this Christmas
My name is Dale Ellis and I am the Individual Giving Manager at Tate. Most people haven’t heard of my job title before; I work in the Development department at Tate which is responsible for fundraising. As you may or may not know, Tate is actually a charity and we’re an aspirational one with big ideas and lots of them, and it’s the job of my colleagues and I to help make them happen.
My job is to provide everyone who loves and believes in Tate with opportunities to support the galleries and the work we do. There are lots of ways in which people can do this; join as a Member or a Patron, leave a gift in a will, become a volunteer or make a donation. My role looks after The Tate Fund which raises income to fund projects across learning and conservation, but it is also there to be used simply when and where the need is greatest.
One of the many exciting projects that we have had the pleasure of supporting is Late at Tate. These events are a series of after-hour happenings around our gallery spaces that attract a wide range of visitors, some exploring the gallery for the first time. The support of donations to the Tate Fund meant that around 18,000 visitors enjoyed a programme of films, talks, live music, tours, poetry, workshops and, of course, the best of British art.
This year, we have also been chosen to take part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge. During the challenge, donations from the public are doubled, which means a £10 donation becomes enough for two children to attend free, artist-led schools workshops in one of our galleries (£20; click here for a list of what things cost to run at Tate!). These workshops offer young children, some who have never been to a gallery before, with opportunities to develop key learning skills and to engage with and respond to the national collection. I think it’s great that Tate takes part in initiatives like this; it means support from the public goes so much further. If you’re interested in giving to Tate but never have before, this is a great first time.