Training Blog

A New Look at Developing Major Donors

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Last Wednesday saw the first in a range of training sessions run by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, focusing on fundraising for people working in arts organisations, be it specialists within a department or managers who look after lots of things including fundraising. In the beautiful setting of the River Terrace at the Baltic, Gateshead, Patricia Castanha …

Thoughts on the Fellowship after Three months

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

A little over four months ago the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme announced its first cohort of graduate fundraisers, with the newly-appointed Fundraising Fellows beginning their placements at leading arts and cultural organisations in London and the North of England in late September. Having successfully completed my first three months as a Fellow, it seems appropriate to …

An Introduction to Budgets and Finance Training

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Finance is the background to fundraising. We know as fundraisers that we have to – work hard to finance various different projects across the numerous different realms of development, whether this be capital, corporate, trust and foundations or individuals. Hence, all the London arts fundraising fellows knew that this training session was going to be incredibly …

Top Tips from the National Arts Fundraising School

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On Sunday 10 November, the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fundraising Fellows arrived at the beautiful Dean’s Place Hotel in Alfriston, East Sussex. With wide eyes, fresh notebooks and an eagerness to learn, we looked forward to the week ahead with anticipation and excitement. On arrival at The National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS); or #mcNAFS as …

Introduction to Arts Council England and UK national funding bodies

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

In Art Council England’s latest annual review, Chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette states, in response to the oft-asked question “can we afford to fund the arts?”,  that we simply can’t afford not to.  Given the Arts Council’s key role in allocating funding for the arts, distributing 80% of total arts funding in England, it is imperative to understand …

Trustee leadership in arts fundraising – food for thought

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On Tuesday 29th October the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme ran our inaugural Governance Training Seminar. Participants were a mixture of executive leaders and trustees from leading arts organisations, and the session was led by the Chair of the Philanthropy Review –  Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett. Everyone who attended, including the panel members Matthew Bowcock, Sir …