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Artistic Vision vs Fundraising Needs – How to Find the Balance?

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Christie Johnson was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Writers’ Centre Norwich. Christie raised funds from Trusts & Foundations and helped to develop new communications and fundraising strategies for the organisation, particularly for individual giving and digital campaigns. In January 2016, Chancellor George Osborne attended the first anniversary celebration of the Creative Industries Federation. He spoke out …

Friends Schemes: How to make them work

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Sarah Gee

This post was written by Sarah Gee, co-founder and Managing Partner at Indigo Ltd. In the past 10 years, since I started I started consulting, the most regularly repeated mistakes I’ve seen have been around membership schemes. Initially, it was organisations which hadn’t worked out return on investment and were shocked to find they were …

Fundraising for the Long-term: Trends Revealed in the Latest Private Income Data from Arts Council England

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Arts Council England has now published its latest Annual Survey Analysis for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the financial year 2014/15. The Analysis looks at the breakdown of income from all participating NPOs, of which there were 683 in this financial year. Income is broken down across strands, with Contributed …

4 Arts Fundraising Tips from Germany

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Nadja Degen was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Apples and Snakes until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Co-ordinator. How the Städel Museum in Frankfurt inspired a whole city to fundraise… As a native Berliner my curiosity for fundraising practices in my home country is somewhat self-evident. In the minds of many, Germany …

Securing Funding from Housing Associations and Developers

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As fundraisers, we are always looking to build better relationships and explore new fundraising opportunities. With this in mind, we (Dana, Cockpit Arts, and Jill, A New Direction) hosted a half-day event, supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, examining how to secure funding from the housing sector. So what do we mean by the housing sector? …

6 Tips for Collecting and Using Data in Arts Charities

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Katy Price was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Black Country Living Museum until September 2016, and has remained with the organisation as Development Manager (Projects). Collecting and using data is extremely important for organisations in any sector, and fundraising is no different. Fundraisers require data about prospects and donors to understand their motivations and ability to give, internal …

‘Evaluation, Evaluation, Evaluation’

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Dafydd Williams was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Phoenix Dance Theatre until September 2016, and is now Development and Alumni Relations Co-ordinator at Leeds College of Music. As Tony Blair infamously once stated about ‘education’ in setting out his priorities for office – could the same be said for ‘evaluation’ within the arts sector in helping to defend and …

Seagulls and carpet slippers – What are Trustees For?

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The Kilfinan Group is a group of senior business people who provide free and informal mentoring to charity chief executives. Ask members of the group what their mentees frequently single out as their biggest challenge and most will reply “Handling the board”. Why is this? Are trustees viewed by Chief Executives and their staff as …