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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 …

Where do you sit on the Data Maturity Spectrum?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  
Leo Sharrock

Not a question you get asked every day, but it’s one that I recently asked the delegates at the start of the first of four workshops Using and Managing Data in Fundraising – part of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy’s training programme. It’s an interesting question if you want to evaluate whether and how much scope …

Jessica Hilton, Arts Fundraising Fellow, Hull Truck Theatre, shares her Top 5 tips for starting out in fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

You know that you work at an exciting place when you nip to make a brew and bump into Macbeth, his witches and Julius Caesar in the corridor. That really sums up my first month at Hull Truck – the building feels alive and busy, whether its schools taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, …