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Marketing Your Way to Fundraising Success

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Our first training sessions of the year kicked off a couple of weeks ago, with a day at the Foundling Museum, for Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s Practical Digital Fundraising course with Howard Lake. The session was full of useful tips on how to make the most of your online presence, from checking the time it takes for …

Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations: Spreading your Bets

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Through my training work for the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, and with our graduate Arts Fundraising Fellows, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently talking with people in the arts about the best ways to fundraise through Trusts & Foundations.  I’ve summarized a few key points below, which I hope will help others and/or …

Choreographing your fundraising strategy

By Amanda Rigali on   |  
Fern Potter

I find it remarkable that so many of my colleagues working in dance are fearful of fundraising, and especially in asking people for money. “How do you do it?” I’m frequently asked. My standard response: “I think of fundraising as choreographing a dance….it’s a process that requires one to be imaginative, creative, acting with integrity and …

Beth Harvey, Fundraising fellow at Liverpool Philharmonic, shares five key messages for emerging fundraisers

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

In November this year, in the beautiful setting of the East Sussex countryside, The Management Centre welcomed a team of enthusiastic and eager to learn fundraisers from the UK and abroad. A week at the National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) is a completely immersive experience.  We were hungry for knowledge of all things fundraising, from experts …

How can we change public perceptions so that the arts are recognised as REAL charities?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

“When the arts can feed, clothe and shelter people, that’s when I’ll start giving!” Even in recession the UK remains a generous society, with the average Britain donating £10 a month to charitable causes.[1] However, the arts remain low, low down in terms of the public’s charities of choice.  Falling far behind medical research, children, animals …