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.

What is your core purpose?

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23 Apr 2015

Are vision, mission and values at the heart of good cultural fundraising? Michelle Wright explains why arts organisations need to be clear about their fundamental purpose.

Crowdfunding for the great and small

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19 Mar 2015

With little known about how small arts organisations can most effectively use crowdfunding, Oonagh Murphy decided to find out through leading a mentoring and development programme.

Arts fundraising impact too soon to judge

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18 Mar 2015

A review of Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme reveals a shift in attitudes towards fundraising but delivers little evidence of impact on the bottom line.

Attracting a diverse workforce

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26 Feb 2015

At a time when fundraising for the arts seems mostly to be done by white females, Michelle Wright speaks to development professionals about how we can face this diversity crisis.

Crowdfunding with a twist

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03 Feb 2015

Selling a new building’s fixtures, furnishings and finishing’s through the box office is a fundraising winner. Libby Penn explains how Lyric Hammersmith’s online capital campaign has been raising money and engaging audiences – one click at a time.

Our arts leaders can’t afford to forget politics

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03 Dec 2014

If ethical questions lead us to pick and choose what is right and wrong from an artistic perspective, or to judge the credentials of our corporate funders, where do we stop? Michelle Wright calls for more debate about the moral high-ground of art, in the context of what arts organisations need to do to survive and thrive.

Charitable income shores up cultural institutions

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28 Nov 2014

Fundraising success at DCMS-funded cultural organisations and Arts Council England NPOs is leading to a shrinking proportion of their revenue coming from grant in aid.

Change as a way of life

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29 Oct 2014

Mira Kaushik records the changes that her dance company has made in response to sudden cuts in government funding.

Expert advice on fundraising challenges

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13 Oct 2014

As arts fundraisers continue to put heart and soul into securing their organisations' financial future, we share four fundraising experts' advice on the key challenges they are facing, from communications and digital fundraising to data analysis and entrepreneurship.

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