My experience with crowdfunding

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21 Nov 2017

Amy Zamarripa Solis’s first attempt at crowdfunding was not a success. She explains what went wrong and reveals how – after raising less than 50% of her target – she still managed to stage a successful fringe theatre production.

Charity Commission gears up for charging

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10 Nov 2017

Some arts organisations could be asked to pay fees to support the work of the charity regulator in England and Wales under proposals being prepared for consultation.

How much hope should we put in trusts and foundations?

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02 Nov 2017

With local authority arts funding slumping, are trusts and foundations picking up the bill? Christy Romer assesses a landscape under strain.

Why your organisational values should inform your fundraising

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02 Nov 2017

Fundraising in the arts has never been more highly regulated, but that doesn’t mean organisations should forget their own ethics and values, argues Michelle Wright.

Matched crowdfunding increases public donations and fundraising skills

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13 Oct 2017

The average public donation to arts projects increased from £63 to £74 when backed by match funding.

Welsh arts leaders call for national arts advocacy campaign

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06 Oct 2017

A ‘brand Wales’ campaign would raise the profile of culture and help the sector raise more non-public funds, the Welsh Assembly has been told.

Fundraising Regulator faces backlash over “naughty list”

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08 Sep 2017

Arts leaders have hit back at the Regulator for “behaving like a mobile phone company who refers a dispute to the debt-collector without engaging with the client”.

Fundraising Regulator names arts organisations that failed to pay levy

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01 Sep 2017

Unicorn Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Shape Arts have been listed among the charities yet to pay the controversial voluntary levy charged by the Regulator for policing fundraising activity.

National Funding Scheme under review again

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01 Sep 2017

The Charity Commission is reviewing the activities of the charity behind the DONATE digital fundraising platform for the second time, to determine whether there are ongoing “regulatory concerns”. 

Making contact

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04 Aug 2017

Contactless technology presents an exciting new fundraising opportunity. Rob Cawston explains how National Museums Scotland created a contactless donation experience.

Celebrating cultural philanthropists

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27 Jul 2017

With only 1% of philanthropic giving going to the arts, Caroline McCormick shares her thoughts on how the sector can convince more people to give.

Families go free

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26 Jul 2017

A ‘pay it forward’ pilot campaign aimed to help families most in need attend dance theatre performances, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Rhona Matheson tells the story.

Online learning revisited

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20 Jul 2017

Many professionals have reservations about online learning courses, but new developments are making them an appealing alternative for time- and cash-strapped arts workers, argue Michelle Wright and Ben Walmsley.

EXCLUSIVE: Artist squares up to Regulator over "manifestly unreasonable" fundraising investigation

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28 Jun 2017

The Fundraising Regulator has backed charity Bow Arts Trust’s claims that the £90 a month 'donations’ it took from a tenant on a live-in artist studio scheme were made voluntarily, despite concluding there was no supporting documentary evidence and accepting that the payments formed part of the monthly rent.

Job Ladder – Gina Fletcher

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01 Jun 2017

Fundraising from trusts and foundations is a more sociable job than you might think. Development Manager Gina Fletcher takes us through the steps of her rewarding career.

Developing fundraising ideas

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25 May 2017

Effective fundraising is similar to developing a new product or service – it too requires a stepped approach using business techniques, says Mahmood Reza.

Making the ask easier

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24 Apr 2017

Brewery Arts Centre increased its charitable income from box office donations by more than 40% when it approached customers at the point of sale. Libby Penn explains how this was achieved.

A steady look at costs

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30 Mar 2017

Cost cutting is as essential as fundraising, but it’s not often given equal consideration. Michelle Wright shares tips for arts organisations looking to reduce costs without compromising quality or long-term growth.

More cash for arts organisations to crowdfund

17 Mar 2017

A DCMS-backed funding programme is set to extend the value of match funding offered to arts organisations raising funds through crowdfunding.

Arts organisations celebrate record fundraising success

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03 Mar 2017

The amount generated through donations, sponsorship and membership by Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations has doubled over the past seven years.

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