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.

Investing in change

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21 Jul 2014

A funding system that protects the status quo is preventing arts organisations from developing innovative new business models that are less dependent on the public purse, argues Michelle Wright.

Job Ladder

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25 Jun 2014

As he takes the helm at the House of Illustration, Colin McKenzie reflects on his career, which started with him becoming the first ever male secretary at the Barbican Centre.

Competing for talent

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28 May 2014

With fundraising in the UK currently suffering from an image problem, how can we find the next generation of top arts fundraisers? Michelle Wright makes some suggestions.

My Gurus

28 May 2014

Emily Stubbs of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment tells us who has inspired her throughout her career in arts fundraising.

Job Ladder

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07 May 2014

Fern Potter takes us through her career, from setting up her own New York dance company to raising millions of pounds for dance in the UK.

Earned income disparity compounds regional funding imbalance

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09 Apr 2014

The combined value of earned and contributed income generated by NPOs in London has grown by £71m since 2010, but the North East has seen growth of just £1m over the same period.

The good trustee

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24 Feb 2014

Trustees of arts boards should be playing a significant part in supporting fundraising activities, according to Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett.

Live streaming explored

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10 Feb 2014

Live streaming offers exciting opportunities for both small and large arts organisations in many different ways, believes Andre Portasio.

Research will reveal fundraising progress

09 Jan 2014

A new survey examining revenue models in the contemporary performance sector aims to provide information to help organisations make more from philanthropy and commercial enterprise.

More breadth on boards

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04 Nov 2013

A Charity Commission report recently revealed that the average trustee is white, male and aged 57. To coincide with Trustees’ Week, Neal Green urges everyone to find out more about sitting on an arts board.

Job Ladder

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25 Sep 2013

Trystan Hawkins reveals his career path from Charity Officer and Administrator to Art Director.

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