A team from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has just returned from promoting our work in Washington DC and New York City. Chairman Peter Kyle, Chief Executive Diana Owen, and Development team members Helen Prince and Cait Fannin-Peel spent a week raising awareness and support for our New Place fundraising campaign, as well as our education programmes, collections and other areas of our work.
- The first meeting of the Board of Shakespeare’s Birthplace America (SBA), the non-profit organisation we founded in the US last year. SBA gives us a focus when talking to Americans about the aspects of our work that are of most interest to them, as well as making it easier (and more tax efficient) for them if they’d like to support the Trust by making a donation.
- Two high profile fundraising events, one in Washington and one at the British Consul’s Residence in New York, with over 150 guests altogether. At the Consul’s event, we were also treated to an impromptu performance by one of our guests – the veteran comic actor, Jim Dale.
- The British Embassy Open Day, where over 10,000 people visited our stand. We managed to grab many of them either to enter our Great Shakespeare Quiz or to stamp Shakespeare’s seal into modelling clay – or both! We also handed out Shakespeare Week resources to families and gave out lots of visitor information leaflets.
This was a really positive visit, and we were delighted by the amount of interest and enthusiasm about SBA and the transformation of New Place. We met some amazing people who told us they’d like to help us in lots of different ways – whether by making a donation, writing a magazine article about our work, introducing us to influential friends, inviting us to talk to their clubs or groups, or putting us in touch with schools and colleges. We’re looking forward to getting back in touch with the many new friends and contacts we made over the next few weeks.
Visit our website to find out more about SBA.