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Practitioner-theorist: the role (or roles) of a Fundraising Fellow

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

The first few weeks of a new job are defined by introductions: introductions to colleagues, to work, to schedules, to forbidding looking pieces of office technology and, importantly, to where the coffee is kept. The induction process is a daunting one, make no mistake, even if the organisation is superb at arranging meetings for you …

Introduction to Application-Writing, led by Ben Wilson & Amanda Rigali

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As we approach the end of our first month as the Year 2 Arts Fundraising Fellows, my colleagues and I have already been given a brilliant insight into successful fundraising practices, through the programme’s unique blend of professional and academic training. We recently attended an ‘Introduction to Application Writing’ at the Cause4 offices, and it was great …

An Introduction to Arts Fundraising, led by Amanda Rigali

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The 2014 Arts Fundraising Fellows had been anticipating this session with a vengeance – an  intense fundraising low-down, led by Head of Programme Amanda Rigali, that would explain to us our exact function within our various arts organisations, as well as provide us with a picture of fundraising and the charitable sector in general and …

Generosity, Ethics, and Community-building: An Evening with Hamble Wallace, Deputy Head of Major Gifts and Campaigns at the National Theatre

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On our first ‘An Evening With’, the 2014-15 cohort of London and South West-based Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellows had the pleasure of listening to and learning from Hamble Wallace, the newly appointed Deputy Head of Major Gifts and Campaigns at the National Theatre. In the course of discussing her background in arts fundraising, she …

Donor Networking and Relationship Management – Participants’ Feedback

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Frances Tipper led our training session on Donor Networking and Relationship Management at the Jerwood Space, London, on the 1st October 2014. Frances designed this training to help participants make the right first impression with donors and funders, develop rapport and manage ongoing relationships. A number of us are probably quite uncomfortable admitting that we need …

‘Changing the Chip’ by David Dixon

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David Dixon

Nothing to do with food; everything to do with mindset! This post is about the most important six inches in fundraising…between the ears of the leaders of our arts organisations. The expression ‘cambiar el chip’ (‘change the chip’) is used in Spain to signify a radical change of mindset – reprogramming, rebooting, upgrading firmware – …

Talking Money: Training in Strategic Leadership in Fundraising and Income Generation

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On Friday 21st February I participated in David Dixon’s training course for the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, which took place in the sophisticated environs of the Whitechapel Gallery – to my mind, one of the best examples of sympathetic capital renovation of an historic arts space. David Dixon, entrepreneur and management consultant, has a huge …