Training Blog

A reflection on our Arts Fundraising Fellowship – Emma Pickering and Jill Richens

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Emma Pickering, Arts Fundraising Fellow for Sadler’s Wells, and Jill Richens, Arts Fundraising Fellow for A New Direction, attended the assessment day on June 30th for the second cohort of Arts Fundraising Fellows. Here, they write about their experience. Attending the assessment day for the second cohort of Arts Fundraising fellows was quite a surreal …

Data for Decision Making in the Arts

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

If knowledge is power, then why are so many arts organisations failing to engage effectively with data (and hopefully in turn) knowledge collection? Investigating this question, Nesta’s 2013 report Counting what Counts, notes ‘the current approach to the use of data in the cultural sector is out-of-date and inadequate….failing to make the most of the …

Being challenged at the National Arts Fundraising School

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Set in the idyllic Sussex countryside, the Deans Place Hotel opened its arms last week to welcome an eclectic mix of arts fundraisers to live and breathe fundraising for six challenging days. A week at the National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS), delivered by The Management Centre, is a completely immersive experience. For an industry famous …

Digital Fundraising – how can we use it in the arts?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Digital Fundraising.  Everyone’s talking about it at the minute, particularly Crowdfunding, with the news this week that donation-based crowdfunding has raised £785m over the last three years, with 20% year-on-year growth.  Digital platforms engage and inspire people to become donors, and, being creative and passionate, arts organisations and professionals are well placed to capture people’s imaginations …