Who would want to be an arts fundraiser?

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26 Nov 2015

They raise the money organisations need to make great art, but who are they really? And what drives them to do what they do? Amanda Rigali meets three Arts Fundraising Fellows to find out.

Ethical fundraising

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26 Nov 2015

Poor fundraising tactics have brought shame on the sector, says Michelle Wright. Change is needed, but is a new regulator really the way to go?

Lighting up London

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18 Nov 2015

Artichoke’s Lumiere light festival is hugely reliant on sponsorship. As it prepares to come to London for the first time, Sarah Coop describes the unique challenge of securing support in a new city. 

Photodiary: A week with Michaela Nutt

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02 Nov 2015

You might know what a development associate’s job description includes, but what does a week in their life actually look like? Michaela Nutt reveals all.

Mixed success for Catalyst as scheme is scaled back

30 Oct 2015

Just £26m will be available to support fundraising in the arts over the next three years, down from £70m in 2012-15. 

Fund with philanthropy in mind, says think tank

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30 Oct 2015

Smarter funding decisions and help for the arts sector to evidence its impact are needed to boost philanthropy, according to a paper by NPC.

Friends on tour

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29 Oct 2015

Can a small touring company benefit from running a Friends scheme? Liz Hill examines the opportunities and the challenges.

Developing vital skills

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15 Oct 2015

Tracey Gregory reports on the lifeline provided by Catalyst funding for six small arts organisations in Milton Keynes.

Report proposes sweeping changes in charity fundraising regulation

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25 Sep 2015

A government-commissioned panel is calling for a ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ to be established, allowing the public to opt out of fundraising communications from charities.

Ready for change

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24 Sep 2015

Arts fundraising is in an exciting state of flux and Ben Walmsley is confident that the next generation will be steering cultural change in the sector.

Approaching the rich

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17 Sep 2015

How do arts organisations attract donations from wealthy entrepreneurs? One of them, Mahdi Yahya, offers his tips on how to approach and involve others just like him.

Catalyst Endowment loses momentum

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11 Sep 2015

Three-quarters of organisations eligible for match funding through the Catalyst Endowment scheme being run by the Heritage Lottery Fund are now behind schedule with their fundraising.

DCMS encourages arts organisations to boost legacy giving

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10 Sep 2015

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has come together with the Cabinet Office, the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Law Society to promote legacy giving to arts and cultural organisations in the UK.

Building a stronger case for support

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03 Sep 2015

Do potential donors really understand the value of small-scale touring theatre? Joanna Ridout considers how the sector might better articulate its value.

Knocking with intent

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01 Sep 2015

Want to attract support from local businesses? First you’ve got to learn to talk the talk, advises Jon Flinn

Researchers cast doubt on impact of match funding on donations

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27 Aug 2015

A new report by academic researchers finds no evidence that match giving will increase donations to crowd funding campaigns.

Gift Aid: speak now or forever...

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24 Aug 2015

Unless arts organisations make their voices heard in the Government's Gift Aid consultation, the sector could shortly be facing a whole new set of challenges, says Philip Spedding.

Study finds bleak fundraising prospects for outdoor arts

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07 Aug 2015

An honest assessment of the fundraising challenges facing outdoor arts organisations delivers a cautionary tale about the potential value of philanthropy.

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