Finding a way with words

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06 Jun 2019

The ability to write clearly about an organisation’s ethos, approach, and audience needs is an essential skill for effective cultural sector fundraisers, says Caroline McCormick.

Fundraisers concerned about donors’ future income

17 May 2019

New research warns that “the wider macroeconomic environment will impact on the ability of charities to raise funds when individuals experience a decline in disposable income”.

Are you sitting too comfortably?

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02 May 2019

Great storytelling is about connecting emotionally with audiences and donors in a clear and succinct way, says Michelle Wright.

Financing future communities

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18 Apr 2019

The Conservatoire in Blackheath recently arranged a finance plan with Triodos Bank to fund its future activities. Phillip Bate explains how the bank’s ethos and belief in the cultural sector made it happen.

Letter: A candid friend

21 Mar 2019

Art Fund volunteer Jane Crease responds with incredulity to reports that the charity's financial support for its volunteer network can no longer be justified.

My Gurus – Hanna Streeter

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21 Mar 2019

Hanna Streeter, Executive Director at Orange Tree Theatre, reflects on the key influences on her career, including being inspired by theatre in-the-round and going full circle.

Ticking all the right boxes

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21 Mar 2019

Christine Harmar-Brown draws on her experience of submitting and assessing applications to offer some pointers on what works.

ACE plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs

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08 Mar 2019

The move follows a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded.

Big vision

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07 Mar 2019

How can the ‘fix-it style' philanthropy of the mega-wealthy US tech entrepreneurs be applied to the arts in the UK? Michelle Wright shares her thoughts.

Avoiding ‘grantspeak’

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28 Feb 2019

Don't make the mistake of thinking homogenous jargon will push a funder's buttons, says Phoebe Walker.

Income rises at national institutions despite funding cuts

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14 Dec 2018

In real terms, institutions sponsored by DCMS have increased their income by over a quarter in the past decade, despite a 19% reduction in direct funding.

The elephant in the room – should trustees be obliged to give?

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29 Nov 2018

Should trustees on arts boards always be expected to give a donation, as is commonly the case in the US? Michelle Wright weighs up the pros and cons of this thorny issue.

National museums’ fundraising income drops as major campaigns end

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09 Nov 2018

Tate, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums have all recently completed drives to gain support for large-scale capital work, but economic changes also played a part in the decline.

How to… develop a fundraising strategy

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18 Oct 2018

What would the ideal fundraising strategy look like? Michelle Wright discusses the key elements - from inspiring donors with creative content, to keeping tactics simple.

Arts organisations must be allowed to die, report claims

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28 Sep 2018

A new report on resilience in the arts encourages a shift in thinking from individual sustainability to the health of a sector as a whole.

Call for free business support for arts sector

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14 Sep 2018

Arts professionals show a “continuing aversion” to the language of business support, despite a strong interest in accessing business support services.

Government to boost charities’ role in public services

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16 Aug 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

Letter: We’re not here to defend the public

05 Jul 2018

CEO of the Fundraising Regulator Gerald Oppenheim responds to the charge it is a toothless regulator that doesn’t care.

Regulator resolute on decision to side with charity over artist

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21 Jun 2018

A complaint that Bow Arts Trust took donations from a tenant in one of its artists' studios without their permission was dismissed by the Fundraising Regulator because it could not reconcile “conflicting versions of events”.

Meet the Fundraising Regulator – another public champion that doesn’t care about you

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21 Jun 2018

No one in need should put any faith in this toothless ‘regulator’, which has just spent two years squirming out of its responsibility to regulate, writes Christy Romer.

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