Programme News

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

Investigating UK fundraising and philanthropy

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23rd November 2015

A survey of arts and cultural organisations is being conducted by the University of Leeds as part of the evaluation of the programme. The information collected as part of this survey helps us to assess the success of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme and levels of engagement by arts and cultural organisations across the sector in fundraising, and in securing resources through philanthropic giving. It also explores how and why the arts and cultural sector is developing innovative and effective practice and a more entrepreneurial approach to income generation.

We are seeking the involvement of a diversity of organisations across the arts and cultural sector to contribute their views and experiences through completing this survey. If you would like to take part it should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Click here to take the survey – the closing date is Friday 29 January 2016.

Catalyst: Evolve workshops – update

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18th November 2015

All the Catalyst: Evolve workshops are now fully booked, but one of the sessions will be filmed and a recording will be made available for a limited time in January 2016 for those unable to attend in person. Full details will be announced on the Catalyst: Evolve webpage when confirmed. The workshops are 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. These will reflect on the learning from the first Catalyst Programme, and Arts Council England’s ambitions for Catalyst.

Essential Fundraising Skills – training courses – December 2015

Essential Fundraising Skills

13th November 2015

The last two Essential Fundraising Skills training courses of the year will take place in Bristol and Birmingham in December 2015. Each course costs £95+VAT. Group booking and multi-course discounts are available, with additional savings for members of our Sector Partners. Find out more and book online via this link.

Networking and Making the Ask
Wednesday 2 December at Watershed, Bristol
If you find the whole concept of initiating and developing relationships with donors and funders daunting, this introductory course with Frances Tipper is for you. In one day, you will find out how to make a good first impression and build new business relationships at networking events. You then discover how to manage the relationship and develop confidence to make the ask.

Using and Managing Data in Fundraising
Tuesday 15 December at Mac, Birmingham
In an age when organisations are becoming swamped with data, how can you make best use of it to enhance and develop your fundraising? Leo Sharrock will demonstrate the importance of data, and will help you to understand the practical tools and skills required to harness its potential for fundraising.

Groups & Networks: call for applications – January 2016

Groups & Networks

11th November 2015

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 for a second round in January 2016. Decisions will be made in January 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.

UK Theatre & ABO ‘Essentials of Fundraising’ course

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10th November 2015

Our partners UK Theatre and the Association of British Orchestras have an ‘Essentials of Fundraising‘ training course in London on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Led by Sarah Gee, the course aims to dispel the mystique of fundraising and show that anyone can fundraise successfully provided they follow some simple rules, can write and research, and are persistent. It will cover fundraising strategies and research techniques, charitable trusts and foundations, individual giving and membership schemes and how to get the most out of boards and development advisory groups. Click here for more information and to book.

Using and Managing Data in Fundraising

Leo Sharrock

30th October 2015

Last week, The Audience Agency’s Leo Sharrock ran our Using and Managing Data in Fundraising training course in Newcastle. The course runs again in Birmingham on 15 December 2015 (and then in London & Bristol in early 2016), and you might be interested in a blog Leo wrote for us earlier this year entitled ‘Where do you sit on the data maturity spectrum‘. You can read Leo’s blog via this link and find out about his forthcoming training courses via this link.