Programme News

Essential Fundraising Skills – training course updates

Essential Fundraising Skills

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.

Groups & Networks – application deadline extended

Groups & Networks

8th January 2016

We want to support groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. To do this, we have set aside some funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events.  This may include participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering, fees for speakers/guests, or any other relevant expenditure. We will pay costs up to a maximum of £1,500 net for any single event.

Following a very popular application process in August 2015, we are now accepting applications and the deadline has been extended to Monday 18 January 2016 at 10am. Decisions will be made within two weeks, so any activity can begin in February 2016. Please note, all events/activity must take place before the end of May 2016. Click here for full details of the application process

BBC Radio 4 Front Row – Cultural Philanthropy

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4th January 2016

The BBC Radio 4 Front Row episode on 28 December 2015 was a special edition dedicated to the subject of Cultural Philanthropy.

Five years on from the launch of government plans to encourage more philanthropic funding of the arts, Kirsty Lang speaks to key cultural philanthropists about the part they play in funding artistic endeavour. Speaking to Sir Paul Ruddock, Dame Vivien Duffield, Hannah Rothschild, David Speller, Lloyd Dorfman, Michael Oglesby and cultural historian Robert Hewison, Kirsty examines whether the plan is working and asks if more needs to be done to change attitudes.

Listen to the episode or download from the BBC website via this link

Summer School 2016 now on sale

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15th December 2015

Now in its third year, the acclaimed National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership will run again in July 2016, and booking is now open for strictly limited places. Led by the University of Leeds in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, this week-long residential course for arts managers and fundraisers is led by renowned academics and senior arts sector professionals. It offers a breadth of insight, ideas and skills in how to lead arts organisations, and achieve long-term fundraising success, in ever more challenging economic times.

To complement other fundraising courses that teach the ‘nuts and bolts’ of fundraising, the Summer School focuses on arts fundraising and leadership, addressing key topics such as Cultural Policy, Managing Change, Building Resilience, Cultural Leadership and Changing Business Models. As well as a week of intensive study and practical activity, the Summer School also offers time out for reflection – a rare chance for delegates to step back from the day-to-day pressures to encourage and facilitate new thinking and strategic planning. Find out more and book online via this link.

Trustee Leadership training in Manchester

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14th December 2015

Our popular training course Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy next runs in Manchester on Thursday 25 February 2016. This half-day course offers practical guidance and tips on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy as important tools within your organisation’s fundraising and income generations strategy.

The course costs £75+VAT, and if you book 3 places you get 1 free. This course is perfect for senior staff and Trustees to attend together. Find out more and book online via this link.