Are your trustees on board?

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12 Jan 2017

The Charity Commission’s new fundraising guide has transformed the role of trustees. Samir Savant considers whether it is a change for the better.  

From transactional to philanthropic

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12 Jan 2017

When member benefits proved uneconomical, Northern Ballet decided to stop offering them. Crys Whitewoods explains how the decision is paying off.

Matching the crowd

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05 Jan 2017

Can financial incentives prompt donors to give more, or more often? In their second article on crowdfunding in the arts, Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell discuss the findings of a new match-funding scheme.

More Grant in Aid must go to regional arts organisations, MPs say

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16 Dec 2016

The DCMS, Arts Council England and national arts organisations must all do more to support culture in the regions, a select committee has concluded. 

Further consultation to inform Gift Aid donor benefit rules

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09 Dec 2016

The Treasury’s initial consultation failed to result in consensus about reform to the value test.

Collaborating with the crowds

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08 Dec 2016

Crowdfunding is a growing into a vital source of finance for the arts. In their first of two articles on crowdfunding in the arts, Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell offer some tips on successful campaigning.

Myths or excuses?

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08 Dec 2016

Myths about arts fundraising are common, especially amongst directors and board members, says David Dixon. He identifies eight of the most commonly held ones. 

Talking comfortably about legacies

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08 Dec 2016

Many arts organisations feel awkward asking their supporters to leave a gift in their will. Rob Cope offers guidance on how to tap into this long-term income stream.

Legacy fundraising potential still untapped by arts organisations

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02 Dec 2016

Progress has been made by a sub-set of organisations that now regularly receive substantial gifts in wills, according to a new report.

British Museum breached ethics code, claim protesters

05 Oct 2016

Anti-oil campaigners are calling for the Museum’s sponsorship deal with BP to be reviewed following revelations that trustees weren’t involved in the decision to renew the relationship.

Positive and professional

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22 Sep 2016

Training has given many non-specialist fundraisers in the East of England the skills and confidence to make their case to potential funders, says Miranda Rowlands.

Noisy fundraising

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15 Sep 2016

Josephine Chanter reveals how The Design Museum ditched its quiet fundraising approach, starting with a glamorous benefit auction in central London.

All hands on deck

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08 Sep 2016

The Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform has given artists the chance to realise their dreams, but to make it happen requires hard work and commitment from everyone involved, says Rachel Mapplebeck.

Every tenner helps

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08 Sep 2016

Red Ladder’s #GisATenner campaign appealed to the company’s Twitter followers to donate as little as £10 to help save the company following funding cuts. Chris Lloyd reveals what happened next.

Making it personal

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08 Sep 2016

To make a fundraising project stand out from the crowd you need to create a powerful and engaging supporter experience. Bernard Ross explains how to do it.

Arts crowdfunding pilot to test impact of match funding

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02 Sep 2016

A £250k scheme backed by the DCMS will offer match funding to artists and heritage organisations.

Birmingham looks for new ways to fund arts and culture

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22 Jul 2016

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

Match funding can double fundraising results, report finds

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18 Jul 2016

While match funding can be a “brilliant booster” for charitable fundraising, it must not be relied on as a silver bullet, researchers have warned.

Exposing ethical questions

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07 Jul 2016

Following revelations that BP influenced curatorial decisions at the British Museum, Chris Garrard examines how arts organisations should be navigating the tricky ethical territory of sponsorship.

Arts charities could have to pay for new Fundraising Regulator

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30 Jun 2016

Charities are invited to weigh in on discussions on how best to fund the new Regulator ahead of its launch next month.

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