Welcome to Apollo's Muse!
A source of blogs, articles and handy tips for Arts Fundraisers
Here you will find blogs and articles covering a wide range of topics connected to arts fundraising. We hope these will provide you with inspiration and ideas. We’d love to hear any comments you have, or any suggestions for topics you would like us to cover!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I like tenuous Valentine’s-Day-themed fundraising blogs,
So I wrote one for you.
When someone gives money to your cause – whether it is £1 or £1million – they are taking the exhilarating, terrifying leap of saying “I love you”. Your Thank You is your way of saying “I love you” back. No pressure, but how you respond has a huge bearing on whether your relationship with this supporter is going to flourish and bloom or wither and die.
Find out how to make the most of this opportunity by making your Thank Yous SUPER!
What can a loud screech at the end of an orchestral recording teach us about thanking supporters? Could it explain why so many supporters complain that they haven’t been thanked, when every fundraiser insists they always thank for every gift?
This blog looks at what makes experiences memorable, with some thoughts on how this can be applied to the way we thank people for their donations.
Have you ever read something over and over again and still been none the wiser what the writer was trying to say? As fundraisers we send out lots of messages every single day. We may think we are communicating clearly but do our supporters really understand what we are talking about?
This Halloween we are taking a look at the terrifying curses that plague arts fundraising. This first blog explores the The Curse of Knowledge and the steps you can take to ensure clever never gets in the way of clear.
There’s nothing shameful about needing your supporters help to achieve your organisation’s dreams & ambitions. So why are so many arts organisations embarrassed by their need to fundraise?
The second part of our ‘Three Fundraising Curses’ series looks at The Curse of Embarrassment and the steps you can take if your organisation (or someone within your organisations!) has become embarrassed about fundraising.
If there is one thing the arts and culture sector should be good at it’s telling a story. So why is so much arts fundraising material devoid of emotion, intrigue, drama and conflict? Why is so much arts fundraising material boring?
The final part of our Halloween trilogy looks at The Curse of Boring and the steps you can take to make your fundraising story really sparkle.
Meeting a potential supporter – whether it’s an individual, company or trust – can be a daunting experience. Here are ten things you can do to feel more confident when meeting your prospects.
For those battling with the #BeastFromTheEast, here’s some Friday/Snow Day fun – 5 things fundraisers can learn from snow-based movies
Membership and Friends schemes are a staple of the arts fundraising world. But just because something is popular doesn’t meant that it is right. In fact, many schemes are completely inappropriate. So, how do you know if a Friends scheme is right for your organisation?
David shares some Top Tips when writing funding applications, based on the Peer Review session at the Arts Trust Fundraisers conference 2017.
Fundraising is not free money. It takes an investment of time and effort. So how does this work for small organisations with just one or two staff to do everything?
If you are developing a new strategy or business plan, changing your mindset can help you see new routes to success and help you avoid failure. This blog looks at how imagining the project’s conclusion can help.
While people around the world are already giving up on their New Year’s Resolutions, this blog explores the fleeting nature of motivation and what it means for us as fundraisers.
As Team GB take the Rio Olympics by storm, this blog looks at what the arts and culture sector can learn from the way the athletes have been acknowledging the support of the National Lottery.
Behavioural economics is changing our understanding of how donors make decisions. This blog looks at how you can use learnings from the field of behavioural economics to increase donations through your website.
This is a light-hearted look at the lessons fundraisers can learn from the popular film franchise, without mentioning “the force”!
In October 2015 David guest-hosted an online discussion on legacies for #MuseumHour. This blog is a write-up of the discussion, sharing thoughts and examples from across the museum sector.
There has been a lot of excitement about digital fundraising in recent years. This blog looks at some of the strengths and weaknesses of using digital channels in individual giving.
A reflection on the importance of creative thinking to overcome challenges in arts fundraising.
An introduction to new approaches to securing funding for arts projects, with a focus on the brilliant work being done at Live Theatre in Newcastle.
As more organisations turn to individual giving, this blog looks at the four internal cultures you need to be successful in this space.