Opinion

We encourage debate and discussion about all aspects of Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy. As part of this, we regularly commission and publish blogs from a range of contributors, including our staff, Arts Fundraising Fellows, Regional Co-ordinators and trainers. You can read our latest blogs below.

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Arts Trust Group Conference – Funding Network 2017

By Maria Thomas on   |  

The Arts Trusts Group is a peer network of arts and cultural Trust fundraisers. The group is a non-competitive platform to share news and opportunities, and to offer peer to peer support on challenges that arts fundraisers face. Written by Clare O’Hara. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. On Monday 16th October, 100 …

A Bit Of A Do – new network for Artists and Arts Organisations working with disability

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Drunken Chorus – a theatre company and registered charity based in London. Written by Chris Williams. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. Last month we launched DISCO DISCO – a new company of adults with learning disabilities, with whom we are collaborating to make contemporary theatre pieces. Alongside our ongoing commitment to D/deaf audiences …

Connecting a new generation of UK Impact Producers

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Doc Society is a non-profit foundation headquartered in London and New York, committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. Written by Beadie Finzi for Doc Society. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. As part of our field building activities, we have been heavily involved in training and …

Returning to Academic Study with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Professional Fellowship

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Lorna Clayton – Rawle is the Fundraising Manager at CAST in Doncaster and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. I have a confession… It has been 10 years since I was last a formal NUS card holding student and the prospect of starting that journey again made me slightly nervous. It …

Failing Forward: Reflections on the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

By Maria Thomas on   |  

 Steph Hawke is Senior Manager for External Funding & Policy at Curious Minds and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. Thinking about failing During the Summer School, we were part of a group that undertook an interesting experiment. If you type the word ‘success’ into the search box on the Arts Council …

Learning about Fundraising Fundamentals in Non-Urban Areas

By Maria Thomas on   |  

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) works strategically with partners to develop a nationwide programme that delivers high quality artistic work and cultural experiences, broadens and deepens audience engagement and strengthens rural and other communities. Written by David Porter, Company Secretary for NRTF. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. I was …

Are single-donor museums the solution to private giving of art?

By Maria Thomas on   |  

Recent articles from the American publication Inside Philanthropy show a growth in single-donor private museums in the US. Whilst art collection-come-museums are nothing new, it is surprising to read that 80% of all single-donor museums were created in the 21st century. This change from the old partnerships between donors and private collectors with public museums …