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

Donate Box
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

Emergency Exit Arts
07 Aug 2015

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

Government prepares for Gift Aid reform

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07 Aug 2015

Describing the current Gift Aid scheme as “no longer fit for purpose,” the Treasury is calling for evidence of the problems presented by rules that limit benefits to donors. 

Swipe, tap and donate

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16 Jul 2015

There are probably more millionaires in your audience than you think. Libby Penn reveals how to find high-net-worth individuals already in your database.

EXCLUSIVE: Facts behind National Funding Scheme exposed

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10 Jul 2015

The national online giving platform, which charges among the highest fees of all suppliers, has been propped up by a £125k grant that breaks through the official ceiling on grants from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Is our funding system still fit for purpose?

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25 Jun 2015

Arts organisations are changing rapidly to keep up with economic developments, but are grant-makers keeping up? Michelle Wright has her doubts.

Hull gears up for Year of Culture

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29 May 2015

Growing support from backers, and news that the city will play host to the Turner Prize in 2017, have prompted more ambitious fundraising targets for the UK’s next City of Culture.

Data-driven decision-making

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21 May 2015

Data management has to be everyone’s responsibility and not just seen as an “esoteric specialism”, says Michael Nabarro.

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