Fellows Blog

An Introduction to Prospect Research

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Jessica Hilton was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Hull Truck Theatre until September 2015, and now works at Northern Ballet in Leeds as the Research & Data Officer in their fundraising team. Prospect Research is a vital support function to your Fundraising efforts. Not only can it identify new supporters to your organisation, it ensures that you are pitching …

Cutting back on creativity?

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Sophie Mak-Schram was Arts Fundraising Fellow at Punchdrunk until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Assistant. Cardiff Council announced proposed funding cuts of £700,000 to the arts and culture budget late last year. This was met, unsurprisingly, with a vociferous campaign from the cultural community; an online petition amassed 6,000 signatories …

Mass Participation Fundraising Events

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Michaela Clayton was Arts Fundraising Fellow at People United until September 2016, and is now Trusts & Foundations Officer at Cardboard Citizens. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Running a Tough Mudder or even walking around London dressed as a penguin are all fundraising events where you can raise money for your favourite charities – but how effective are …

The Funny Side of Fundraising: an interview with Richard Herring

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Sanpreet Janjua was Fellow for Nottingham Playhouse until September 2016, and has remained with the organisation as Development Officer. The age of the internet means that all sorts of content is readily available for free. Our favourite news and blogs sites come ready armed with donate buttons. Working comedians are now also asking for donations – not …

Vive la Devolution..?

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Bhavisha Kukadia was Arts Fundraising Fellow for New Art Exchange until September 2016, and has remained with the organisation as Fundraising and Business Development Executive. It may seem obvious, but being a fundraiser is a lot about understanding money. Not just the income and expenditures of your projects or tax efficiency of Gift Aid, but I …

What next for the Creative Case for Diversity?

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Sarah Bird was Arts Fundraising Fellow for New Writing North.  Sarah helped to raise funds from Trusts & Foundations and individual donors, carrying out in-depth research into new funding prospects. 2016 marks the fifth birthday of Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity. It was first launched in September 2011, born from the 2010 Equality …