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.

You can also read our blog under the three themed headings of Fellows, Ideas & Innovation and Training.

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The Co-Working Group Network – Improving Current Fundraising Strategies

By Maria Thomas on   |  
Bianca Baroni

The co-working group is a network of non-profit art organisations coming together with the desire to boost our respective fundraising activities. In particular we share an interest in exploring private sources of funding and therefore we are always looking for new ways to learn how to best approach and engage with potential supporters. Written by …

My Key Tips for Entrepreneurial Leadership

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

I was extremely privileged to take part in a day-long exploration of The entrepreneurial leader as part of the Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme.  This residential leadership programme is run by Oxford Museums Partnership with the Saïd Business School, and attracts delegates working within the cultural sector from around the world. I joined a panel of …

Is it Worth Thinking about EU Funding Anymore?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

This blog was written by Rachael White, Fundraising & Development Manager at FACT in Liverpool and Regional Coordinator for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.  You can follow Rachael on Twitter @RachaelAWhite. As the end of March 2017 approaches fast, and the formal process of the UK exiting the EU starts, it may not seem logical to …

Arts Organisations Still Punching Below Their Weight in Legacy Giving

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Meg Abdy has been analysing the legacy market since 1994 when she coordinated the first ever legacy forecasting project, now known as Legacy Monitor. Today she is responsible for programme management and is a Director at Legacy Foresight. She has particular interests in in-memory giving, international markets and donor research. Legacy Foresight and Arts Quarter …

Why We’re Running a Professional Fundraising Fellowships Programme

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

We’ve just launched a new Fundraising Fellowships Programme aimed at people already working within the arts and cultural sector, giving them the opportunity to participate in an intensive year of training and development, whilst continuing in their current employment.  Why this change, and why now? We couldn’t be prouder of the 55 Alumni Arts Fundraising …

Arts Council England Data: A Question of Scale

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Arts Council England (ACE) has recently released its dataset with 2015/16 information provided by National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs).  This is published as a very useful Excel spreadsheet, allowing readers to filter this large dataset looking at specific groups according to their geographic region, artform/sector and organisation scale. This gives a …

My Five Golden Rules for Successful Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Kathryn Worthington was until recently Arts Fundraising Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  She has recently begun her new role as Alumni Relationships and Database Officer at Mansfield College, Oxford.  Here, Kathryn shares her five golden rules for successful fundraising. Whether you’re in conversation with a person who has the potential to make a transformative …

Developing Artists and Growing the Local Economy in Slough

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Oliver Laurenson-Gore, Business Manager at Resource Productions, writes about Slough Arts Forum’s ground-breaking arts and business event in September 2016, supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. Developing artists to grow the local economy in Slough is something Resource Productions believe in! We were awarded some support from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to grow the Slough Arts …