Ideas & Innovation Blog

Making the Case for Bravery – Supporting the Arts through Collaboration

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Fundraising has never been an easy task, arts fundraising perhaps even less so. With government-wide cuts, ever-dwindling institutional budgets, and overworked and under resourced arts staff, we live in an increasingly hostile environment for sustaining public arts. The challenges can seem vast and insurmountable at times: public and private sources of funding are all feeling …

Are we making the most of social media for fundraising? –

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

As fundraisers, we aim to engage our audiences and particularly our donors in meaningful conversations. We often do this by inviting supporters to events, tours, receptions or even for a coffee, and we will continue to do so. But it shouldn’t start, or stop, there. I believe that we, as fundraisers, should also be getting …

How do we build positive relationships as fundraisers? The ethics of fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

A tragic story has appeared in the press about a 92 year old woman found dead in the Avon Gorge, with claims that being bombarded with messages requesting donations from a range of charities had taken its toll on her mental health. Whilst this is an extreme case (and one which should certainly be open …

Relationship Building In The Digital Age

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Annelise Andersen, Fundraising Fellow at Opera North, considers the place and value of digital technology in philanthropy   A short time ago I attended the Arts Council conference ‘Digital Utopias’ at Hull Truck Theatre.   It was as it sounds: a true cornucopia of all things digital.  From presentations on digital technologies that benefit the arts, …

Towards Sustainability in the Arts – The Role of Crowdfunding

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Quickly becoming an established model of fundraising – especially for smaller or newer organisations and artists, crowdfunding platforms are making big claims for the arts. Everyone from your old primary school’s art department to the Louvre is fundraising for projects online – offering rewards as varied as thank you emails, all the way to private …

Memberships Schemes: Are They Worth the Effort?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Yesterday I attended a fascinating Workshop organised by The Hepworth, Wakefield in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, exploring the value of Membership Schemes for arts organisations. We were treated to in-depth presentations from senior staff from the National Trust and Royal Academy of Arts.   They both argued that Membership Schemes can offer a great deal to …

Legacies and the National Trust

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On 11th February myself and the nine other London and South West fundraising fellows were lucky enough to be invited behind the scenes of one of the UK’s largest and best loved charities. The National Trust. The fundraising team at the headquarters at Heelis, Swindon were kind enough to share their wisdom with us on everything …