It wasn’t long after news of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire spread that people starting talking about how we might rebuild it. However, work to repair the damage caused by the fire might have already started. In fact, it might have started over 160 years before the fire occurred. How was this possible, and what does it mean for fundraisers?
It’s a horrible thought but, if a terrible disaster struck your organisation, would you know how to respond? This blog sets out some of the things you can think about and plan for in advance, saving you valuable time should the unthinkable ever happen.
We’ve run our popular Trusts Peer Review session at a number of conferences. Here are some lessons from the 2018 Arts Trust Fundraisers conference.
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. This blog shows you 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 been left with no idea what the writer was trying to say? If so, there’s a good chance that the author has been cursed! The first part of our Curses of Fundraising series explores 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? Part Two 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? Part 3 of our Curses of Fundraising series 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.
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?