Programme News

Theatre Charities – Out and Proud

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22nd February 2016

Amanda RigaliAmanda Rigali, Head of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, has written an article for UK Theatre, sharing her thoughts on the barriers that theatre charities face when growing their fundraising and the first steps to overcome these.

You can download the article here.

Twitter Q&A with Frances Tipper

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15th February 2016

We are holding a Twitter Q&A with our trainer Frances Tipper on Wednesday 24 February 2016 from 12.30pm-1.45pm. Frances will be answering your questions on developing relationships with donors and funders ahead of her training course Networking and Making the Ask in Birmingham on 9 March 2016 and in Manchester on 5 April 2016.

Join the online conversation using hashtag #AskAFP – click here to visit our Twitter page

Network funding – February 2016


9th February 2016

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy actively encourages and supports networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector, and we have set funds aside to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising networking events.

Following a popular funding round in August 2015, we held a second round in February 2016, receiving 23 proposals and funding a further 10 Networks across England. These include an event in Brighton to support disabled artists to work in the arts and gain access to funding; a conference event for arts organisations near Sheffield; support for The Fundraising for Circus group; The Market Place based in Forest Heath & Fenland and the Midlands Arts Fundraising Forum. Find out about all 10 Networks via this link.


NewProfessionals career guide: arts fundraising

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2nd February 2016

NewProfessionals is a brand new service from Arts Professional for those just beginning their career in the arts. In her career guide to arts fundraising, Amanda Rigali (Head of Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy) reveals why it’s never been a better time to enter the field.

I didn’t really find fundraising, fundraising found me. Having worked as a senior manager in arts organisations, then as a Director at Arts Council England, I could see how important it was to get involved with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, both for the wider arts and cultural sector and for me personally. The programme offers fantastic opportunities for arts and cultural professionals to develop relationships and secure new funds. Managing this Programme has given me invaluable opportunities to learn and share fundraising knowledge across the breadth of the sector…”

Read the full article on the NewProfessionals website

Essential Fundraising Skills – training course updates

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27th January 2016

There are just 8 Essential Fundraising Skills training course still to run between February and April 2016. Our next course, ‘Using and Managing Data in Fundraising’ in London on 10 February, is very nearly full. This is followed by ‘Planning a Fundraising Strategy’ in Manchester on 16 February and ‘Practical Digital Fundraising’ in Bristol on 18 February. Spaces are still available for both – book now via this link.

Further courses are running in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester up until 14 April 2016, and early booking is recommended. Find out more and book online via this link.

AMA conference 2016 – subsidised places for fundraisers

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22nd January 2016

AMA Conference 2016 — On a Mission to Matter – takes place in Edinburgh from 12-14 July 2016, bringing together expert speakers who are addressing the challenge of developing individual connections with hundreds, thousands or millions of individuals and building authentic relationships with them. People have the power to choose who they want to engage with and how they want to make connections. They can choose to unfollow, to block ads, to ignore you. The options are endless. This is where the real challenge lies.

Once again this year’s AMA conference will include a programme strand with a particular focus on arts fundraising and development (a part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme). As an arts fundraiser you can also apply for a highly discounted conference place at only £200 +VAT. Find out more and book online via this link.

Facing up to failure: Arts Professional article

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20th January 2016

Are fundraisers too scared to take risks? In the latest in our series of articles for Arts ProfessionalMichelle Wright examines the issue and asks three arts fundraisers what they’ve learnt from their own failures.

“It’s tough for arts organisations at the moment. As I work with CEOs and artistic directors it’s not lost on me that most have the threat of funding cuts or failure in fundraising hanging over their heads like a sword of Damocles. Psychologically, that’s tough. How much time can we invest in fundraising and what can be exploratory? How do we walk the tightrope of risk, knowing that every decision is likely to be scrutinised by the public and our key funders? It is high stress stuff…”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

Catalyst: Evolve briefing session videos

Catalyst: Evolve workshop

15th January 2016

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy ran a series of 10 facilitated workshops across England in Autumn 2015 to support people who are interested in applying to Catalyst: Evolve, Arts Council England’s new strategic funding programme, either as an individual organisation or as part of a consortium.

The sessions were facilitated by Amanda Rigali, Head of Programme for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. Participants were joined by an Arts Council England Senior Manager with responsibility for Philanthropy in their Area, and a guest speaker from an arts organisation which benefitted from the previous Catalyst programme.

One of the Catalyst: Evolve briefing sessions was filmed and is now available to watch on the CultureHive website until 19 February 2016.