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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From the side to the centre

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Amy Simcox is the Development Manager at Derby Museums and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. This past year of being a fellow has consolidated my belief, that fundraising needs to move from the side, to the centre of your organisation. I have found that Arts fundraising still at times invokes …

Is partnership fundraising a terrible idea?

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Kata Gyöngyösi is Head of Revenue Funding at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and supports The Our Future City Fundraising Network. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. This question was raised at the Our Future City (OFC) Fundraising Network event held last month in Brighton. Where better to ask the question and provoke …

East London Arts Fundraisers Launch Event

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Jill Meredith is a Development and Communications Officer for Newham Music. East London Arts Fundraisers Network is a collaborative group of forward-thinking arts and cultural organisations that aim to find new ways to diversify funding and increase financial capacity to produce high-quality, innovative experiences that are accessible to the whole of East London. Supported by Arts Fundraising …

Exploring Fundraising Options with Sunderland Family Arts Network

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Kathryn Tye is a Director and Trustee of arts charity Creative Cohesion in Sunderland. Supporting young and emerging creative businesses, the charity also coordinates the Sunderland Family Arts Network (SFAN), a collaboration between multiple arts, cultural, heritage and community organisations, which aims to improve accessibility to arts and creativity in the City. Supported by Arts Fundraising …

ITC Fundraising Conference – Network event

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Sasha Alsop is Project Manager for Independent Theatre Council (ITC), Fundraisers Forum aims to support Chief Executives, Managers and professional Fundraisers from member companies to share knowledge and skills, hone their practice, access expert advice and keep up to date with developments in the sector. Supported by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Funding Network Projects 2017. …

One Voice – GDPR training, Birmingham January 2018

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Our event took place in mid-January 2018, with a core group drawn from One Voice – a consortium of arts organisations from across Birmingham, who have collaborated to pursue development in relation to public sector commissioning opportunities. Representatives of Ex Cathedra, Women in Theatre, Craftspace, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Reel Access were joined by Writing …

Collaborative fundraising – Cast’s first Christmas Appeal

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Lorna Clayton-Rawle is the Fundraising Manager at CAST in Doncaster and 2017 Professional Fellow on the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellowship Programme. This year, for the first time, Cast ran a Christmas Appeal to support our work with children, young people and communities across Doncaster. Theatre Christmas appeals are nothing new, but this was a really …

The Changing World of Fundraising Regulation: what we learnt at Bold, Brave & Compliant

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With only 6 months to go until the new General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018, there were a lot of emotions flying around Bristol’s Watershed venue – a mixture of anticipation, nervousness and just plain old confusion. Which was why clarification around GDPR with a focus on the arts and …