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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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 …

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 …