Ideas & Innovation Blog

Get on Board: Structure and Knowledge Transfer

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

I think it’s relatively safe to say that in the current climate, within our generation there is a growing sense of disillusionment – most identifiable through individual attitudes towards politics. With recent negative media coverage of malpractice by charities (including data protection issues and the tragic story of Olive Cooke), the climate is by no means …

Sponsorship needs lyrics

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are pleased to to be working in partnership with the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) to offer the first-ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship – The ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate. The three month distance-learning course course will enhance knowledge of how sponsorship works and will assist the arts sector in generating funds from the …

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 …