Fellows Blog

Data for Decision Making in the Arts

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

If knowledge is power, then why are so many arts organisations failing to engage effectively with data (and hopefully in turn) knowledge collection? Investigating this question, Nesta’s 2013 report Counting what Counts, notes ‘the current approach to the use of data in the cultural sector is out-of-date and inadequate….failing to make the most of the …

From Fellow to Professional Fundraiser

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

After eight months of intensive training and hands-on learning as an Arts Fundraising Fellow, I’m excited be taking the next step in my career journey as Development Executive, Individual Giving at The Lowry in Salford. With a strong commitment to the sector, securing a permanent role in generating income for the arts following the Fellowship programme was …

Arts Fundraising – what’s in a job title?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

I’ve been thinking about the job titles ‘fundraiser’ and ‘grants officer’ and ‘corporates manager’ and ‘development director’. And I’ve come to the conclusion that they are a bit of a misnomer. Or rather, they should be. If someone’s sole raison d’être in an organisation is to bring in money, I wonder just how successful they …