Fellows Blog

A Tale of Three Cities: Corporate Fundraising in the North

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Six months into my Arts Fundraising fellowship experience, I’ve gained knowledge and insight which will undoubtedly inform the rest of my arts fundraising career. It’s been challenging and transformational both professionally and personally. I’ve learned what it takes to work at a large, successful arts organisation such as Opera North and the need to push …

Being challenged at the National Arts Fundraising School

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Set in the idyllic Sussex countryside, the Deans Place Hotel opened its arms last week to welcome an eclectic mix of arts fundraisers to live and breathe fundraising for six challenging days. A week at the National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS), delivered by The Management Centre, is a completely immersive experience. For an industry famous …

Arts Fundraising – A Varied Profession

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

One of the most valuable opportunities I have had as an Arts Fundraising Fellow so far has been experiencing the sector in two very different organisational contexts. Fundraising, I am discovering, is a varied profession. A profession where replicating strategies doesn’t always work… The transferring technique It can be very tempting to transfer the fundraising …

Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

There is wide debate around the definition of an entrepreneur, and whether entrepreneurial thinking is innate, or can be taught. I’d contest that it is clear that entrepreneurship can be taught, with mentor relationships often cited as a key source of learning.  The more important question here is “what are the most effective ways in which …

‘In Conversation’ with Patricia Castanha – what should we be thinking about for Capital Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On the 19th February 2014, Cause4 staff and Arts Fundraising Fellows were lucky enough to share an evening (and a glass of wine!) with capital campaigns expert, Patricia Castanha. She kicked things off by taking us through her career and how she got to her current position as a fundraising management consultant with a wealth of experience behind …

Why start a membership scheme?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

It is widely acknowledged that in the current climate one of the most crucial steps arts organisations need to take is diversifying their income streams. It’s a nice concept, but the practicalities of achieving it require company-wide knowledge and focus. The optimum state of diversified income, I believe, would be three equal thirds of income: …