Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy for small organisations & artists

Notes, tips and toolkits to use for your small organisation or project

On 9 March VASW organised a fundraising workshop, delivered by the fantastic Amanda Rigali from Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy at Spike Island, Bristol. The workshop gave insights to individuals and representatives of small organisations. There was a great mix of people, mostly from small organisations or artist-led initiatives. Most people there had responsibility for many aspects of organisational operation, not just fundraising and so the tone of the event responded to the multiplicity of demands of the the attendees.

I jotted down a few key hints and tips during the workshop, but Amanda's presentation (downloadable) gives a brilliant overview of current challenges in fundraising today.

Hints and Tips:

  • Fundraising – needs to be strategic – you need to have a plan. Ad hoc applications are not well received.
  • Bad applications are not worth it – a waste of time - they need to be considered and strategic.
  • Private money – personal relationship – not strategy – not government funding – a different relationship.
  • All activity starts with you – not the giver.
  • Therefore, fundraising has got to start with you too.

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