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Disability Arts in Surrey: Building Fundraising Skills Workshop

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Callum Graham is Programme Co-ordinator for Daisy (Disability Arts in Surrey), an umbrella organisation which promotes and celebrates the works of disabled artists and disability arts organisations in Surrey. The organisation strives to develop the south east as the lead region in the UK for disability and deaf cultural activity. Daisy works with its member …

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 …

Are single-donor museums the solution to private giving of art?

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Recent articles from the American publication Inside Philanthropy show a growth in single-donor private museums in the US. Whilst art collection-come-museums are nothing new, it is surprising to read that 80% of all single-donor museums were created in the 21st century. This change from the old partnerships between donors and private collectors with public museums …

My Key Tips for Entrepreneurial Leadership

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

I was extremely privileged to take part in a day-long exploration of The entrepreneurial leader as part of the Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme.  This residential leadership programme is run by Oxford Museums Partnership with the Saïd Business School, and attracts delegates working within the cultural sector from around the world. I joined a panel of …

Is it Worth Thinking about EU Funding Anymore?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

This blog was written by Rachael White, Fundraising & Development Manager at FACT in Liverpool and Regional Coordinator for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.  You can follow Rachael on Twitter @RachaelAWhite. As the end of March 2017 approaches fast, and the formal process of the UK exiting the EU starts, it may not seem logical to …

Arts Organisations Still Punching Below Their Weight in Legacy Giving

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Meg Abdy has been analysing the legacy market since 1994 when she coordinated the first ever legacy forecasting project, now known as Legacy Monitor. Today she is responsible for programme management and is a Director at Legacy Foresight. She has particular interests in in-memory giving, international markets and donor research. Legacy Foresight and Arts Quarter …

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 …

Arts Council England Data: A Question of Scale

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Arts Council England (ACE) has recently released its dataset with 2015/16 information provided by National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs).  This is published as a very useful Excel spreadsheet, allowing readers to filter this large dataset looking at specific groups according to their geographic region, artform/sector and organisation scale. This gives a …