Fellows Blog

From the side to the centre

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Amy Simcox is the Development Manager at Derby Museums and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. This past year of being a fellow has consolidated my belief, that fundraising needs to move from the side, to the centre of your organisation. I have found that Arts fundraising still at times invokes …

Collaborative fundraising – Cast’s first Christmas Appeal

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Lorna Clayton-Rawle is the Fundraising Manager at CAST in Doncaster and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. This year, for the first time, Cast ran a Christmas Appeal to support our work with children, young people and communities across Doncaster. Theatre Christmas appeals are nothing new, but this was a really …

Returning to Academic Study with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Professional Fellowship

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Lorna Clayton – Rawle is the Fundraising Manager at CAST in Doncaster and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. I have a confession… It has been 10 years since I was last a formal NUS card holding student and the prospect of starting that journey again made me slightly nervous. It …

Failing Forward: Reflections on the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

By Maria Thomas on   |  

 Steph Hawke is Senior Manager for External Funding & Policy at Curious Minds and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. Thinking about failing During the Summer School, we were part of a group that undertook an interesting experiment. If you type the word ‘success’ into the search box on the Arts Council …

Why We’re Running a Professional Fundraising Fellowships Programme

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

We’ve just launched a new Fundraising Fellowships Programme aimed at people already working within the arts and cultural sector, giving them the opportunity to participate in an intensive year of training and development, whilst continuing in their current employment.  Why this change, and why now? We couldn’t be prouder of the 55 Alumni Arts Fundraising …

My Five Golden Rules for Successful Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Kathryn Worthington was until recently Arts Fundraising Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  She has recently begun her new role as Alumni Relationships and Database Officer at Mansfield College, Oxford.  Here, Kathryn shares her five golden rules for successful fundraising. Whether you’re in conversation with a person who has the potential to make a transformative …

Year 3 Fundraising Fellowships: Supporting Growth and Change in Cultural Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

We bade a fond farewell to our 25 Year 3 Fundraising Fellows at the start of September 2016.  We’ve now had a bit of time to reflect on their year and the programme’s overall achievements.   These are significant, in terms of learning, job creation, capacity-building and income raised. The majority of the 25 Fellows have …