Programme News

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

Trustee Leadership icon

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.

Action Learning training day – 22 October 2015

24th August 2015

Join us in London for an Action Learning training day on Thursday 22 October 2015.

Our day-long Action Learning and Coaching Skills training session will guide you through Action Learning Set structure and protocols as well as key Coaching Skills training. This training day is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to participate in peer-to-peer Action Learning Sets and to mentor, coach and support your own staff.

The session takes place at Toynbee Studios in London and runs from 10.30am-5.30pm. The cost is £50+VAT per person. Find out more and book online via this link.

Training opportunity for potential arts trustees

20th August 2015

Book now to secure your place on Close Brothers’ Trustee Leadership Programme for potential trustees interested in roles in the arts, heritage organisations and museums. The course begins on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 6.30pm, and there are currently only 20 places left.

Delivered by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy consortium partner Cause4 in partnership with the Clothworker’s Company, this specialised trustee training course covers the key regulatory issues with real-world insights from leading figures from the arts sector.

Offered over five evenings, including a matching event with arts leaders seeking new trustees, places cost £120 + VAT and can be booked online via Eventbrite for a small fee, or by invoice by contacting Tom Hoyle at Cause4 by email via this link.

Download the Trustee Leadership Programme flyer


UK Theatre residential courses – autumn 2015

19th August 2015

Our partners UK Theatre have just a handful of places left for their renowned Essentials of Marketing and Effective Management in the Arts residential courses taking place this autumn:

  • Essentials of Marketing (19-24 October 2015) – suitable for those with between six months and two years’ experience in arts marketing, ideally working in a performing arts context.
  • Effective Management in the Arts (2-7 November 2015) – suitable for those who are new to management, current managers looking to develop their skills and managers who have had no formal management training in the past.

Meanwhile, UK Theatre members can save up to £125 when booking our Essential Fundraising Skills training courses between October 2015 and April 2016. Find out more and book online via this link.