Facing up to failure: Arts Professional article
20th January 2016
Are fundraisers too scared to take risks? In the latest in our series of articles for Arts Professional, Michelle 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…”
Catalyst: Evolve briefing session videos
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
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
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.
Summer School 2016 now on sale
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
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.
Fundraising training courses, Jan-Apr 2016
9th December 2015
From January to April 2016 we have a further set of Essential Fundraising Skills training courses for arts & cultural organisations. The London dates are already heavily booked with extremely limited availability, and early booking for all our courses is highly recommended:
- Networking and making the ask in Birmingham, London & Manchester
- Planning a fundraising strategy in Bristol & Manchester
- Practical digital fundraising in Birmingham, Bristol & London
- Using and managing data in fundraising in Bristol & London
- Writing strong fundraising applications in Bristol & Leeds
There is also a chance to catch our Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy half-day course in Manchester on 25 February 2016. Find out more and book online via this link.
AMA Online Fundraising Workshop – December 2015
2nd December 2015
The next Online Fundraising Workshop with the Arts Marketing Association takes place on Tuesday 15 December 2015.
In March 2015, a major fire at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) destroyed the Grand Hall and Lower Hall spaces. Before the fire engines had put out the flames a national arts disaster appeal had been launched.
In this workshop, Kane Moore (Head of Development, Battersea Arts Centre) will explore the biggest post-appeal challenge facing BAC: following up on the fundraising successes of the appeal and converting 4,000 offers of support into regular supporters as part of the organisation’s long-term fundraising strategy. Having engaged with donors through a single-story appeal the challenge is getting these donors involved in BAC’s wider case for support and vision.