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Diversity charity Act for Change launches fundraising campaign to secure its future

Act for Change panel event. Photo: Helen Murray Act for Change panel event. Photo: Helen Murray
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Act for Change has issued an urgent appeal for public support, revealing it has had to put work on hold until more funding is secured.

The charity, which was founded in 2014 to encourage greater diversity in British theatre and on screen, issued a call-out on Twitter for donations.

Act for Change later tweeted that had been “overwhelmed” by the number of people who signed up for subscriptions following the original appeal, but that it was “some way off raising the £100,000 to pay a manager/team to run [the] charity”.

Act for Change co-founder Stephanie Street told The Stage that employing a full-time member of staff was a major element of the present funding drive and the organisation’s next goal. It is currently run by volunteers and overseen by a voluntary board of trustees.

Street said the charity was currently applying for funding to make this happen, but still relied heavily on support from the public, adding that being able to leverage this had enabled the charity to become what it is.

“Public support is absolutely vital. Yes, financially, but support isn’t just a monetary thing as far as I see it. But that is what has been the making of Act for Change – the fact that we have galvanised and been able to tap into a really wide appetite,” she said.

Click here for more information about supporting Act for Change.