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Cultivation Events for High-Level Individuals

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

During my first month as an Arts Fundraising Fellow at the Hallé, cultivation events have been a predominant theme of the projects that I’ve been involved with. There are many ongoing discussions in the organisation surrounding the cultivation of new high-level individuals and translating introductions into relationships. Throughout these discussions it has been interesting to …

Attracting a Diverse Workforce – What Do We Need to Consider in Arts Fundraising?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

This article was originally published in the Huffington Post. Like the rest of the charitable sector, the arts is struggling to reflect the UK’s broader diversity. Arts Council England (ACE) estimates that just 9% of permanent staff in its National Portfolio Organisations and major museums are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. But …

Discovering hidden potential: A reflection on my first month at Black Country Living Museum

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

We are quickly drawing to the end of the first fantastic month as Arts Fundraising Fellows. Between attending National Arts Fundraising School at the start of the month, visiting Media City in Salford last week, and spending time at my host organisation – the weeks are rapidly speeding by. For the first time, heritage organisations …

The Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors: Oxford University’s way of saying ‘Thank you’

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

In the last week, I have been lucky enough to steward the University of Oxford’s most prestigious way of saying thank you – The Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors. An extravaganza of pomp and circumstance which rings true to Oxford’s long history, the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors is an event for those who have made the …

The 2015/16 Fundraising Fellows Have Arrived: Developing a Strategic Approach to Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Earlier this month the third cohort of Fundraising Fellows have joined their host organisations. With additional support from Arts Council England, the Arts Fundraising Fellowship finds itself hugely encouraged and now able to support five Fellows in each of the five CE areas. As the 2015/16 Fellows have already passed two eventful weeks in their …

Notes From The American Board Model – San Francisco Symphony

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

I recently attended a thought-provoking event organised by the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), in association with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.  The ABO wanted to engage more with the Chairs of its orchestra members, and so had invited Brent Assink, Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony, and Sakurako Fisher, Symphony President, to come and speak to UK …

Attracting a diverse workforce

By Amanda Rigali on   |  
Michelle Wright

This article was written as part of a series for Arts Professional on the theme Fundraising for the future. There is much in the news at the moment about diversity. Like the rest of the charitable sector, the arts is struggling to reflect the UK’s broader diversity, with Arts Council England (ACE) estimating that just 9% of permanent …