Opinion

Arts Fundraising – A Varied Profession

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

One of the most valuable opportunities I have had as an Arts Fundraising Fellow so far has been experiencing the sector in two very different organisational contexts. Fundraising, I am discovering, is a varied profession. A profession where replicating strategies doesn’t always work… The transferring technique It can be very tempting to transfer the fundraising …

Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

There is wide debate around the definition of an entrepreneur, and whether entrepreneurial thinking is innate, or can be taught. I’d contest that it is clear that entrepreneurship can be taught, with mentor relationships often cited as a key source of learning.  The more important question here is “what are the most effective ways in which …

‘In Conversation’ with Patricia Castanha – what should we be thinking about for Capital Fundraising

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

On the 19th February 2014, Cause4 staff and Arts Fundraising Fellows were lucky enough to share an evening (and a glass of wine!) with capital campaigns expert, Patricia Castanha. She kicked things off by taking us through her career and how she got to her current position as a fundraising management consultant with a wealth of experience behind …

Why start a membership scheme?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

It is widely acknowledged that in the current climate one of the most crucial steps arts organisations need to take is diversifying their income streams. It’s a nice concept, but the practicalities of achieving it require company-wide knowledge and focus. The optimum state of diversified income, I believe, would be three equal thirds of income: …

DONATE – Can Arts Fundraising go mobile?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Paul Cutts is the CEO of the National Funding Scheme, the pioneer programme of ‘DONATE’; the multi platform digital fundraising tool. We were lucky to have him come to present to the Arts Fundraising Fellows earlier in January. Paul started his presentation by painting the bleak but realistic picture of funding for the arts in …

Digital Fundraising – how can we use it in the arts?

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Digital Fundraising.  Everyone’s talking about it at the minute, particularly Crowdfunding, with the news this week that donation-based crowdfunding has raised £785m over the last three years, with 20% year-on-year growth.  Digital platforms engage and inspire people to become donors, and, being creative and passionate, arts organisations and professionals are well placed to capture people’s imaginations …