AESOP

Aesop, standing for ‘Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose’, is an arts charity and social enterprise that runs a series of initiatives, including a National Arts and Health Conference and Showcase and the Dance to Health programme, which responds to the issue of older people’s falls, which cost the NHS £2.3 billion a year.

Aesop was seeking support to expand to raise £2.1 million for expansion of Dance to Health

How Cause4 helped a leading arts charity and social enterprise expand a transformational dance programme.

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The challenge

Aesop, standing for ‘Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose’, is an arts charity and social enterprise that runs a series of initiatives, including a National Arts and Health Conference and Showcase and the Dance to Health programme, which responds to the issue of older people’s falls, which cost the NHS £2.3 billion a year.

Aesop was seeking support to expand to raise £2.1 million for expansion of Dance to Health.

  1. How Cause4 helped a leading arts charity and social enterprise expand a transformational dance programme.

  2. Fundraising Strategy developed

  3. Case for Support created

  4. Cause4 supported the charity to raise initial seed funding from a Foundation which supported them to go on to leverage multi-million funding from other sources

  5. Cause4 provided strategic advice for the charity in setting up its Pioneer Philanthropy Group bringing a number of influential funders and donors close to the organisation

  1. Results

  2. Dance to Health Pilot launched in 2015 with a budget of £350,000.

  3. £2.1 million raised for Dance to Health expansion programme (2017-19) involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers.

  4. Funding secured for the 2016 and 2018 National Arts and Health Conference and Showcase.

  5. Successful Pioneer Philanthropy Group launched with high-level partners involved.

  6. Vital support received from the Peter Sowerby Foundation.