Opinion

6 Tips for Collecting and Using Data in Arts Charities

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Katy Price was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Black Country Living Museum until September 2016, and has remained with the organisation as Development Manager (Projects). Collecting and using data is extremely important for organisations in any sector, and fundraising is no different. Fundraisers require data about prospects and donors to understand their motivations and ability to give, internal …

‘Evaluation, Evaluation, Evaluation’

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Dafydd Williams was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Phoenix Dance Theatre until September 2016, and is now Development and Alumni Relations Co-ordinator at Leeds College of Music. As Tony Blair infamously once stated about ‘education’ in setting out his priorities for office – could the same be said for ‘evaluation’ within the arts sector in helping to defend and …

Lasting Partnerships and Meaningful Gifts with Major Donors

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Kathryn Worthington was Arts Fundraising Fellow for the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford until September 2016, and is now Alumni Relationships and Database Officer at Mansfield College, Oxford. Every charity large and small knows that the support of a major donor can change the fortunes of an organisation and be extremely rewarding for everyone involved. However, in order …

Digital – Meaningful: Trends in Digital Engagement

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Nadja Degen was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Apples and Snakes until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Co-ordinator. Since digital technology has become available and affordable for everyone, its impact on our lives has grown with dizzying speed and breadth. In her recent Fellowship blog on digital fundraising, Alessandra Green reminds us that …

Tangibility and Forming Long Lasting Donor Relationships

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Christie Johnson was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Writers’ Centre Norwich. Christie raised funds from Trusts & Foundations and helped to develop new communications and fundraising strategies for the organisation. On Wednesday 18th November I attended the Norfolk Arts Forum’s annual conference. Cause4’s Director of Programmes Amanda Rigali gave an excellent talk (found here) asking why …

How do You Ask for a Million Pounds?

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Nick Watts was Coordinator for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy until August 2016, and is now Individual Giving Officer at the V&A Museum. The Stage recently reported that million-pound donations to arts, culture and humanities have halved since last year, from £91m to £45m. That’s a huge amount of philanthropy missing! This is according to Coutts’ …