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!
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.
A “humorous” look at what fundraisers can learn from 5 pieces of music, based on Howard Lake’s ‘Tip of the Pops’ session at the Institute of Fundraising’s 2016 National Convention
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.