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.

Engagement starts with communication

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28 Jun 2016

To engage visitors, a museum must start by cultivating dialogue between its staff members, says Corinne Estrada. 

Exceeding fundraising targets

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14 Jun 2016

Last year Youth Music more than doubled its fundraising income, exceeding its already ambitious target. Emma Holenstein reveals how they did it.

Art of our time

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26 May 2016

The Hepworth Wakefield is blessed with many great pieces of modern British art, but a priority is to grow its collection. Simon Wallis discusses the gallery’s approach to new gifts and acquisitions.

Training for senior fundraisers

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19 May 2016

How best can we serve the professional development needs of senior fundraisers? Amanda Rigali asked some development specialists what training they would like to receive.

Taking stock

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27 Apr 2016

A fundraising audit can help unlock your organisation’s potential. Wendy Smithers explains exactly how to conduct one.

Culture and heritage benefit from bequests

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22 Apr 2016

Fundraising efforts to stimulate legacy giving appear to be bearing fruit as more people are mentioning cultural charities in their wills.

Funding concerns force City of London Festival to close

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22 Apr 2016

Mystery surrounds the festival’s closure, which comes just months after the organisation was recruiting for a new director and in spite of repeated projections of a budget surplus.

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