Programme News

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.

Fundraising training courses, Jan-Apr 2016

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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:

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

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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.

Find out more and book online via this link


Who would want to be an arts fundraiser?

Amanda Rigali

27th November 2015

NewProfessionals is a brand new service from Arts Professional for those just beginning their career in the arts. As part of this new resource, Amanda Rigali (Head of Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy) has written an article entitled ‘Who would want to be an arts fundraiser?‘, including contributions from three Arts Fundraising Fellows.

“My own career in arts fundraising has, I’m sure, followed a similar path to a number of arts professionals of my generation – I was thrown into it, with pretty much no training or support. As producer/manager for arts organisations, the assumption was made that income-generation in all its forms was ‘part of my role’, and it was up to me to juggle the work of negotiating earned income, securing public funding and fundraising from private sources alongside the multifarious demands of running an arts organisation…”

Read the full NewProfessionals article on the Arts Professionals website via this link

Ethical fundraising: do we need a new regulator?

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26th November 2015

In the latest in our series of articles for Arts Professional, Michelle Wright discusses how poor fundraising tactics have brought shame on the sector. Change is needed, but is a new regulator really the way to go?

“Fundraising can be the most brilliant profession. If you are raising money for a cause that you believe in, there is nothing like the buzz of it. And the current state of the economy has meant that fundraisers require even more ingenuity. It’s a profession not for the faint-hearted for sure, but for those wanting a challenge, what could be more exciting? Yet it has been a rough few months and as we see more scandal and problems come to light, I wonder just where we go from here…”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website