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Small is Beautiful: Profile Raising and Digital Fundraising

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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. Over the duration of our Fundraising Fellowship, we have learned that it is crucial to tie into larger national campaigns and awareness weeks where possible. This was discussed in detail at our …

Shakespeare Live!- 4 Tips for Fantastic Fundraising Events

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Jonathan Mace was Arts Fundraising Fellow for the Royal Shakespeare Company until September 2016, and now works as Development Manager at Hampstead Theatre. We’re constantly putting on events here at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). They vary wildly in size – from an intimate lunch for a small group of donors to inviting 700 individuals to …

Fundraising for Circus Arts

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Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy wants to support professional networks of fundraisers in the UK. In January 2016 we gave financial support to the Fundraising For Circus network. Kerrin Tatman, Funding and Marketing Manager for Circus Central, shares his thoughts on the day. On the 4th April 2016, fifteen circus fundraisers gathered at the National Centre …

The EU Referendum and Us: No man is an Island

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Claire Stone was Arts Fundraising Fellow for The Point, Eastleigh. Claire helped to raise funds from Trusts & Foundations and a new crowdfunding campaign.  Clare also worked with colleagues to develop new relationships with local businesses. As the EU Referendum approaches (23rd June, please vote!), the irony of it coinciding with the London International Festival of …

Taking on a Fundraising Challenge

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Cat Palmer was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Wiltshire Music Centre until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Assistant. Back in December 2015, I wrote about using Giving Tuesday to launch Wiltshire Music Centre’s Vitality Bath Half Marathon campaign. Now I’d like to talk about something broader: why I think arts organisations should consider …

A Home-Run Approach to Donor Stewarding

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Sophie Mak-Schram was Arts Fundraising Fellow at Punchdrunk until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Assistant. How does your organisation view your donors? We might publicly describe them as “close friends of the charity” or “generous supporters”, but are we treating them well enough? Our prospects are people we likely approach with our nicest …

7 Tips for Crowdfunding Success

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Alessandra Green was Arts Fundraising Fellow for the London Transport Museum until September 2016, and is now Corporate Partnerships Officer at the Design Museum. There has never been a better time to crowdfund. The ‘alternative finance’ market has doubled in the past year and this pace is expected to continue throughout 2016, according to research by Nesta. …

How to Fundraise with Digital Tools

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Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has financially supported the Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Fundraisers Network through our networks funding programme. Karen Malim, Development Manager at Dorchester Arts, gives a review of “How to fundraise with digital tools”, a presentation given by Howard Lake for network on 3 March 2016. When I first mooted the idea of a …