GeNErosity Festival details announced

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We’re excited to let you know the dates and details for the GeNErosity Festival of Philanthropy and Giving, just announced by The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Newcastle University.

We are also delighted to be the lead sponsor for the festival, a major three-week celebration of North East England’s rich tradition of giving and a call to action for its next generation of philanthropists – which includes anyone who gives time or money to help others.

What’s happening when?

The Festival will tell the story of philanthropy in North East England, past, present and future, through events, roadshows and cultural activities across the region. The festival will launch in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 7 November 2018 and run until 27 November 2018.

Highlights will include a specially-commissioned performance from award-winning theatre company November Club, a film ‘What has philanthropy ever done for us?’ and a showcase debate with national speakers at Newcastle University. We’ll also be hosting a special activity at our premises too.

Gifts that shaped the North East

Research conducted by Newcastle University in the run up to the festival has highlighted more than one hundred notable philanthropists who changed the region’s landscape through their gifts. Examples include Grey’s Monument, Holy Jesus Hospital, the Great North Museum and Jesmond Dene in Newcastle; Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle; Albert Park in Middlesbrough; Sherburn Hospital near Durham; the Hospital of God at Greatham; and Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

The organisers and sponsor were joined at the Festival announcement by a member of CoMusica, a youth initiative within the Sage Gateshead and is one of 30 #poweredbyphilanthropy charities and community groups who will be profiled during the festival to show the difference philanthropy makes to people’s lives in the present day.

‘Anyone can be a philanthropist’

Sandra King, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Community Foundation, said: “The GeNErosity Festival of Philanthropy and Giving in the North East will be a fantastic showcase for our region. But it isn’t only about celebrating the past – it’s also about influencing the future of philanthropy by inspiring more people to experience the joy of giving. Anyone can be a philanthropist – and many North Easterners already are.

“The Festival will highlight how past and present philanthropists have made a real difference. But we will also be asking people to get involved by being more generous with their money or time in whatever way suits them. Giving has always been hugely important to our region, and we need philanthropy now more than ever.”

Jason Wainwright, Managing Partner here at Muckle LLP said: “Our business has enjoyed support from the North East for over 100 years, so it is absolutely right that we do all we can to give back to our community.

“I’m incredibly proud that our people devote a tremendous amount of their time, expertise and energy to helping some fantastic causes, from scouts and sports groups to charities and the environment. We’re delighted to be supporting the GeNErosity Festival and I have no doubt that our people will pledge and encourage others to do more.”

To find out more about the GeNErosity Festival click here or watch this video.