Think Pieces

Thoughts about business planning, fundraising, income generation and more.

The Art of Strategic Organisation

Although I could write a dozen articles on the joys and challenges of capital campaign management, as well as a...

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Taking Advantage of Changing Trends in Philanthropic Giving

In the present and the future, identifying individual prospects to fund cultural projects and tailoring subsequent recognition will require a...

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Alternative Finance Models: A Digest

When I embarked on a career in arts management, questions of finance were quite far from my mind. After all,...

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Grants for the Arts 101 A practical, beginners’ guide to applying for Arts Council funding for the first time

I'm frequently approached by artists and emerging companies seeking help with their first Arts Council England 'Grants for the Arts'...

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Getting Your Board on Board Part Two: Give and Get

When was the last time a member of your Board of Trustees enthusiastically offered to help with the fundraising of...

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Getting Your Board on Board Part One: Towards a New Definition of Charity

An organisation set up to provide help and raise money for those in need. The body of organisations viewed collectively...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Statutory Fundraising

My career in fundraising started by a rather circuitous route. I'd been planning to open a cultural centre in Sheffield...

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Event Management (or how not to panic)

My professional background is in running events with authors in bookshops, although over the past 20 plus years I've ended...

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Panacea or Pain? A User’s Guide to Development Councils

In the United States, Development Councils are omnipresent – the model underlying all successful fundraising campaigns....

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A Guide to Trust Fundraising Part Three: Into the Spotlight

In the third installment of this three-part guide to trust fundraising, we will explore the actual application process, the chance...

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