Philanthropy for Culture

Philanthropy for Culture

In the coming months, IDEA Consult will carry out a study for the Flemish government - Department of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media - on Philanthropy for Culture.

Currently, data on "giving to culture" by Flemish households and companies is very scarce. With this study, we aim to fill this knowledge gap by mapping the giving behavior of households and companies to culture. We will run a large-scale survey to discover the motives of Flemish households to donate to culture, the amounts they donate and the importance of fiscal incentives to donate. We will also cooperate with the Flemish cultural sector to learn more about their interaction with philanthropists. Finally, we will clarify the legal and fiscal framework of "giving to culture", from the perspective of both the philanthropist and the cultural organization.

This study fits in perfectly with our work on access to finance and complementary finance for the cultural and creative sectors, such as our project on crowdfunding4culture for the European Commission (DG Education and Culture). IDEA Consult currently leads the European crowdfunding4culture platform, which aims to unlock the potential of crowdfunding for the cultural and creative sectors in Europe, by:

  • mapping and analyzing current practices in the European crowdfunding market for cultural and creative sectors;
  • conducting a feasibility study to lower the current fragmentation in the crowdfunding market;
  • setting up the website to inform and inspire cultural and creative actors about the potential of crowdfunding for their activities.


  • Flemish government