City of Culture ‘changed Hull’s image for the better’

28 Nov 2019

An evaluation says the programme brought “profound but somewhat fragile” changes to Hull’s economy, community and cultural sector.

Fundraised income grows by 10% in a year

28 Nov 2019

Publicly funded arts organisations attracted more fundraising in 2018/19, but the growth isn’t keeping pace with inflation and falling grant-in-aid.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

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01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

Asking nicely

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31 Oct 2019

As part of a fundraising strategy donation boxes consistently fail to fulfil their potential, but does it have to be this way? Bernard Ross explains what’s going wrong – and the research exploring how to put it right.

The crisis in arts fundraising talent

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24 Oct 2019

Arts organisations must change their workplace cultures so that young people see the profession as a rewarding long-term job, says Michelle Wright.

Let’s talk fundraising tactics

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19 Sep 2019

Finding creative ways to grab donors’ attention is at the heart of successful fundraising campaigns. Conor Coyle shares some winning tactics.

GDPR one year on: four things to watch out for

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05 Sep 2019

Following recent large fines issued by the UK’s privacy watchdog, Raj Shah offers some tips to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

Fundraising Regulator: voluntary levy is ‘not optional’

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14 Aug 2019

The authority says charities that don’t pay “need to reflect on the fact that they are not contributing to the costs of fundraising regulation”.

Design Museum under pressure from anti-arms campaigners

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06 Aug 2019

The institution has rejected campaigners’ claims that it has “done nothing” a year after promising to reassess its fundraising approach – but won’t make the review public.

Pledge Music liquidated owing thousands

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05 Aug 2019

The Insolvency Office will investigate the crowdfunding platform’s failure, but repayment of what’s “rightfully” owed to musicians seems unlikely.

Black arts philanthropy initiative under way

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01 Aug 2019

Researchers and fundraisers are looking to pilot new models for encouraging financial support to Black-led arts organisations.

Mayor steps in to plug V&A East funding gap

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12 Jul 2019

The GLA has agreed to underwrite a budget shortfall of up to £12m, which is expected despite a £9m a year boost in funding from DCMS.

London still dominates private fundraising

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21 Jun 2019

A growing number of organisations fear that a slowing economy will harm their ability to raise funds.

We need to work harder on donor diversity

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20 Jun 2019

For too long arts organisations have limited their individual giving efforts to white British donors. Michelle Wright urges an approach that prioritises donor diversity.

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.

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