Opinion

Friends Schemes: How to make them work

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Sarah Gee

This post was written by Sarah Gee, co-founder and Managing Partner at Indigo Ltd. In the past 10 years, since I started I started consulting, the most regularly repeated mistakes I’ve seen have been around membership schemes. Initially, it was organisations which hadn’t worked out return on investment and were shocked to find they were …

Musicians as Fundraisers

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On the 6th April, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) held a 1-day training course, Musicians as Fundraisers, partly funded by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, which I coordinate. Musicians from some brilliant orchestras attended the day, and it was great to see so many artists enthused about fundraising. Musicians are increasingly expected to …

Fundraising for the Long-term: Trends Revealed in the Latest Private Income Data from Arts Council England

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Arts Council England has now published its latest Annual Survey Analysis for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the financial year 2014/15. The Analysis looks at the breakdown of income from all participating NPOs, of which there were 683 in this financial year. Income is broken down across strands, with Contributed …

Fundraising Ethics: The BP debate continues

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Jodie Marsden was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Artswork until September 2016, and is now Trusts Officer at Battersea Cats & Dogs Home. Fundraising ethics have hit the headlines once again. Most recently, the debate surrounding ethical corporate sponsorship has resurfaced with the news that BP is to end its sponsorship of Tate Britain after almost 30 years. …

3 Tips for Legacy Giving to the Arts

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Cat Palmer was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Wiltshire Music Centre until September 2016, and has remained at the organisation as Development Assistant. On 16th March 2016, the South West Fellows were lucky enough to be able to attend a training session with the development team at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO). With a varied and remarkable history, the …

4 Arts Fundraising Tips from Germany

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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. How the Städel Museum in Frankfurt inspired a whole city to fundraise… As a native Berliner my curiosity for fundraising practices in my home country is somewhat self-evident. In the minds of many, Germany …

How to Recognise your Fundraising Assets

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Phoebe Wild was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Nuffield Theatre Southampton until September 2016, and is now Development Coordinator at Dartington Hall Trust. In a recent training session on ‘Planning a Fundraising Strategy’ Ruth Jarratt recommended identifying an organization’s ‘Assets’ and ‘Constraints’ suggesting that determining these will help structure a fundraising strategy. Assets: your work; your people; your physical location. …

Brexit and Immigration’s Role in Philanthropy

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Michael Adamson was Arts Fundraising Fellow for Studio Wayne McGregor until September 2016, and has remained with the organisation as Development Officer. Britain’s decision on its future within the European Union (EU) will undoubtedly impact the non-profit sector. The Britain Stronger in Europe campaign has already released data that 249 charities received £217m in funding from the EU …