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Artistic Vision vs Fundraising Needs – How to Find the Balance?

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Christie Johnson was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Writers’ Centre Norwich. Christie raised funds from Trusts & Foundations and helped to develop new communications and fundraising strategies for the organisation, particularly for individual giving and digital campaigns. In January 2016, Chancellor George Osborne attended the first anniversary celebration of the Creative Industries Federation. He spoke out …

Fundraising for the Long-term: Trends Revealed in the Latest Private Income Data from Arts Council England

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Arts Council England has now published its latest Annual Survey Analysis for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the financial year 2014/15. The Analysis looks at the breakdown of income from all participating NPOs, of which there were 683 in this financial year. Income is broken down across strands, with Contributed …

Fundraising Ethics: The BP debate continues

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Jodie Marsden was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Artswork until September 2016, and is now Trusts Officer at Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. Fundraising ethics have hit the headlines once again. Most recently, the debate surrounding ethical corporate sponsorship has resurfaced with the news that BP is to end its sponsorship of Tate Britain after almost 30 years. …

3 Tips for Legacy Giving to the Arts

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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. On 16th March 2016, the South West Fellows were lucky enough to be able to attend a training session with the development team at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). With a varied and remarkable history, the …

4 Arts Fundraising Tips from Germany

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Nadja Degen was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Apples and Snakes until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Co-ordinator. How the Städel Museum in Frankfurt inspired a whole city to fundraise… As a native Berliner my curiosity for fundraising practices in my home country is somewhat self-evident. In the minds of many, Germany …

How to Recognise your Fundraising Assets

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Phoebe Wild was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Nuffield Theatre Southampton until September 2016, and is now Development Coordinator at Dartington Hall Trust. In a recent training session on ‘Planning a Fundraising Strategy’ Ruth Jarratt recommended identifying an organization’s ‘Assets’ and ‘Constraints’ suggesting that determining these will help structure a fundraising strategy. Assets: your work; your people; your physical location. …

Capital Fundraising: The Legacy of Cultural Regeneration

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Heather Holcroft-Pinn was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Tobacco Factory Theatres. Heather helped to raise new funds from Trusts & Foundations, both to support education work and the organisation’s future capital plans.   Since the 1970’s cultural buildings have played an integral part in the regeneration of Bristol. From the key role played by Arnolfini and Watershed in …

Securing Funding from Housing Associations and Developers

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As fundraisers, we are always looking to build better relationships and explore new fundraising opportunities. With this in mind, we (Dana, Cockpit Arts, and Jill, A New Direction) hosted a half-day event, supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, examining how to secure funding from the housing sector. So what do we mean by the housing sector? …