A&B Cymru Philanthropy Award 2015
Winners: The Engelhardts
Co-founder of Admiral, Henry Engelhardt, and his wife Diane are major supporters of the arts in Wales. Their philanthropic donations demonstrate the couple’s enthusiasm and personal commitment to enabling more people to experience the arts in all its forms. The couple remain private and far from dictatorial about how their money is used. When they make a gift, they allow the charity to use it in whatever way it thinks is best. Among the many organisations supported is Wales Millennium Centre, of which Henry is a Trustee. The financial support the couple has given the centre has enabled a staggering number of people who have had little or no opportunity to experience the arts, to do so for the first time. The Engelhardts’ donations have assisted the Creative Learning programme and to date, over 150,000 people across Wales, regardless of age, background or circumstances, have benefitted from this generosity.
In late 2010, Henry and Diane established their own charitable trust – The Moondance Foundation – which also contributes a significant and growing amount to arts organisations in Wales. A&B Cymru felt that the Engelhardts’ exceptional commitment to the arts in Wales made them outstanding winners of this award. Among the many organisations supported by the couple in recent years are: Artes Mundi, Cardiff’s Big Weekend, The Cardiff Story Museum, Chapter, Mumbles Mostly Jazz & Blues Festival, National Theatre Wales, National Waterfront Museum, NoFit State Circus, The Riverfront, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sherman Cymru, Swansea Grand Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh National Opera.