Opinion

A New Look at Developing Major Donors

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Last Wednesday saw the first in a range of training sessions run by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, focusing on fundraising for people working in arts organisations, be it specialists within a department or managers who look after lots of things including fundraising. In the beautiful setting of the River Terrace at the Baltic, Gateshead, Patricia Castanha …

Thoughts on the Fellowship after Three months

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

A little over four months ago the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme announced its first cohort of graduate fundraisers, with the newly-appointed Fundraising Fellows beginning their placements at leading arts and cultural organisations in London and the North of England in late September. Having successfully completed my first three months as a Fellow, it seems appropriate to …

Donor Relations: From Seed to Flower

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

In a time of austerity, arts organisations are searching for sources of sustainable income to support them through the tough economic climate. The former lifeline that was public funding is no longer so readily available and if organisations wish to flourish, they must learn to encourage giving on a longer term basis. If there is …

An Introduction to Budgets and Finance Training

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Finance is the background to fundraising. We know as fundraisers that we have to – work hard to finance various different projects across the numerous different realms of development, whether this be capital, corporate, trust and foundations or individuals. Hence, all the London arts fundraising fellows knew that this training session was going to be incredibly …

Leadership in practice: Sharing knowledge with the next generation of arts fundraisers

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Since beginning my fellowship in October 2013 other than explaining to friends, family and colleagues that the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellowship Programme does not entail a J.R.R Tolkien-esque quest, I have been bombarded with requests to share information about the scheme with various educational institutions. So far I have been a part of panel …

In conversation with Chris Martin, Head of Development at Historic Royal Palaces

By Amanda Rigali on   |  

Sandie Mattioli, the Arts Fundraising Fellow for Whitechapel Gallery, attended the ‘In conversation with …’ event. Last week we were fortunate to have Chris Martin, Head of Development at  Historic Royal Palaces come and speak at the Cause4 offices. Whilst Historic Royal Palaces manages some of the most historic buildings in England, including the Tower of London, Kensington …