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Friends Schemes: How to make them work

By Amanda Rigali on   |  
Sarah Gee

This post was written by Sarah Gee, co-founder and Managing Partner at Indigo Ltd. In the past 10 years, since I started I started consulting, the most regularly repeated mistakes I’ve seen have been around membership schemes. Initially, it was organisations which hadn’t worked out return on investment and were shocked to find they were …

Musicians as Fundraisers

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On the 6th April, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) held a 1-day training course, Musicians as Fundraisers, partly funded by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, which I coordinate. Musicians from some brilliant orchestras attended the day, and it was great to see so many artists enthused about fundraising. Musicians are increasingly expected to …

Sponsorship needs lyrics

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Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are pleased to to be working in partnership with the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) to offer the first-ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship – The ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate. The three month distance-learning course course will enhance knowledge of how sponsorship works and will assist the arts sector in generating funds from the …

Arts fundraiser turned fundraising trainer – a lesson in conveying knowledge!

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

One of the challenges I’ve faced so far in my Arts Fundraising Fellowship has been finding a useful way to share my learning from the training programme with the seven organisations that I’m working with. I spend most of my time with Dorset County Council Arts Development Service, but my post is also supported by …

Memberships Schemes: Are They Worth the Effort?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Yesterday I attended a fascinating Workshop organised by The Hepworth, Wakefield in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, exploring the value of Membership Schemes for arts organisations. We were treated to in-depth presentations from senior staff from the National Trust and Royal Academy of Arts.   They both argued that Membership Schemes can offer a great deal to …

Legacies and the National Trust

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On 11th February myself and the nine other London and South West fundraising fellows were lucky enough to be invited behind the scenes of one of the UK’s largest and best loved charities. The National Trust. The fundraising team at the headquarters at Heelis, Swindon were kind enough to share their wisdom with us on everything …