Programme News

Essential Fundraising Skills training courses – book now

Essential Fundraising Skills

22nd September 2015

Demand is already high for our ‘Essential Fundraising Skills’ one-day training courses taking place across England between October 2015 and April 2016. Each of the five courses runs in four different locations across England, and they are suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector.

Each course costs from just £70+VAT each – find out more and book online via this link.

Online Workshops – full details confirmed

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21st September 2015

Full details have been been confirmed of the four Online Workshops taking place between October 2015 and March 2016, delivered by the Arts Marketing Association as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme:

  • Demystifying crowdfunding – Thursday 15 October 2015
  • Arts disaster appeals – Tuesday 15 December 2015
  • Fundraising for touring companies – Tuesday 19 January 2016
  • Acquisition, cultivation and stewardship – Thursday 17 March 2016

Each workshop runs from 10.30am-12.30pm and costs £45+VAT. Find out more and book online via this link.

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate: enrolment deadline

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15th September 2015

Don’t miss out on your chance to sign up for the first-ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship – The ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – which has been launched by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Cause4.

This new course will enhance knowledge of how sponsorship works and will assist the arts sector in generating funds from the commercial sector in this much changed environment for corporate sponsorship. It is aimed primarily at arts sponsorship and fundraising professionals, arts and culture practitioners and those fundraisers with aspirations to work in the arts.

Case studies in Module One include BP and the arts, The Orange Prize for Fiction, The Science Museum, The Edinburgh International Festival, The Hay Festival, The Theakstone’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, The National Theatre & Travelex, The Unilever Series, AEG Europe & The O2.

The deadline for enrolment has been extended to Thursday 24 September at 12pm – find out more via this link.

Can the arts afford to ignore Gift Aid?

Huffington Post

14th September 2015

Michelle Wright, Programme Director for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and CEO of Cause4, has written an article for The Huffington Post on Gift Aid, and the need for collective action from arts and culture charities.

“One of the very curious aspects about arts charities and their culture is that often they are lazy about claiming tax relief, and specifically the Gift Aid that is available to them. If we’re not careful, DCMS will not be able to defend the arts to Treasury adequately, when quite rightly the Treasury can point to the huge amount of Gift Aid that goes unclaimed by arts charities. In fact, rather than the arts lobby ‘bleating’ about cuts, it is collective action from the arts and cultural sector that is now needed to support the likely forthcoming campaigns to help the public and donors to understand Gift Aid better, and to support any ensuing Gift Aid reform.” Read Michelle’s full article on The Huffington Post website

Support for groups and networks

Groups & Networks

11th September 2015

Earlier in the summer, we sought applications from groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. To do this, we set aside some funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events, including participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering, fees for speakers/guests, or any other relevant expenditure.

We received a total of 32 proposals for this funding, and from this we were able to approve support for 10 Networks across England. Find out more via this link.

Going it Alone – Arts Professional article

Lindsay Harrod

10th September 2015

Lindsay Harrod, the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellow at the Arts Development Company, has written an article for Arts Professional called ‘Going it Alone’. Dorset’s local authority arts service has just made the complex transition to a public service mutual. In her article, Lindsay shares the issues they faced and the benefits they are now reaping.

“In July the Arts Development Company was born. It was the end of a long and complex process to ‘spin out’ of the local authority into an employee-owned community interest company. It is a new era in arts development provision for local arts organisations, artists and the community we serve in Dorset.”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

Five reasons to choose a career in arts fundraising

Amanda Rigali

1st September 2015

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Head of Programme, Amanda Rigali, has written an article for Creative & Cultural Skills entitled ‘Five reasons to choose a career in arts fundraising’:

Within our team, we’re used to hearing some common questions when we talk about our work. The most common is: “Why do the arts need to fundraise?” This is closely followed by: “Fundraising… that’s a bit, well, dull. Isn’t it?” Firstly, arts and cultural organisations really do need to fundraise. The majority of them are charities, dependent on charitable donations for anything from one tenth to one half of their income, and yet only one per cent of all charitable funds go to arts and cultural causes. Secondly, in the words of Jess Hilton one of our Arts Fundraising Fellows, fundraising is “a lot of fun”. Here are some of the reasons why…

Read Amanda’s full article on the Creative & Cultural Skills website

Trustee Leadership training course: October 2015

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28th August 2015

Our popular half-day training course in Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy takes place in London on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 2pm-5.30pm. Led by Matthew Bowcock, this is the only scheduled Trustee Leadership session for the autumn, so we would recommend early booking to secure your places.

Trustees play an essential role in fundraising. They are their organisation’s chief ambassadors, supporting the executive team and helping to connect them with a wide range of external networks. Trustees who actively support their organisation’s fundraising strategy will significantly increase its potential for success. This training session offers practical guidance and tips on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy as important tools within your organisation’s fundraising and income generation strategy.

Cost: £75+VAT per person; book 3 places and get 1 free. Find full details and online booking via this link.