Fellows Blog

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 …

What’s in a Charitable Status?

By Michael Adamson on   |  
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Charities are vital to society, however, in recent years, the work of non-profits has been left tainted. Poor fundraising practice, lack of transparency, and the high profile collapse of Kids Company have all contributed to the public’s lack of confidence in charities. The arts have been less mired in controversy than many of the national …

Fundraising in Partnership with Other Organisations

Heather Holcroft Pinn

Over the course of my fellowship year I have been very lucky to be part of a fundraising partnership with another Bristol organisation. Tobacco Factory Theatres have partnered with Travelling Light Theatre Company to create and deliver a fantastic new education project. From the beginning The Dahl Project was a collaborative endeavour and therefore fundraising …

Making the Case to Corporates in a Challenging Global and Political Context

Christie Johnson

Uncertainty, unpredictability and loss are universal truths that the arts and culture sector have been facing for a number of years now. The sector has been extremely fortunate and benefited from a substantial level of public funding however that has now declined due to the economic downturn. Arts organisations have had to undertake some serious …

Is British politeness holding us back in fundraising?

By Nicola Bullen on   |  
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In the UK – manners matter. We say sorry when someone walks into us and would rather come up with a convoluted plotline riddled with holes than admit we simply don’t want to attend your birthday party. And there’s certainly the idea that talking casually about money is rude and altogether unbecoming. Stereotype? Perhaps. But …

Small is Beautiful: Profile Raising and Digital Fundraising

By Dav Williams on   |  

Over the duration of our Fundraising Fellowship, we have learned that it is crucial to tie into larger national campaigns and awareness weeks where possible. This was discussed in detail at our Practical Digital Fundraising training session with Digital Fundraising Entrepreneur, Howard Lake. One such example of this is Small Charity Week (running from the …