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Since 2014, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has worked in partnership with Arts Professional to contribute a series of regular editorial articles on the theme of 'Fundraising for the Future'.

On this webpage you can start reading the latest article; click on the title to read the full article. There is also a list of articles since September 2021; again you can click on each title to read the full article.

Visit the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy page on the Arts Professional website to read all articles since 2014


Latest article

Fundraisers are a scare resource, let's not make them scarcer (October 2022)

As we recover from Covid and navigate the cost-of-living crisis, fundraisers are ever more important. Yet we continue to undervalue the job, says Michelle Wright.

It is well evidenced that many fundraisers fall into the role by accident. We commissioned research from DHA Communications that finds fundraisers have precarious and uneven career pathways with poor terms and conditions and few chances to develop their leadership capacity.

Of course, we may recognise these problems across other disciplines but one area where fundraisers often feel under particular pressure is that, despite having responsibility for ever higher fundraising targets, they have very limited opportunities to influence strategically. High expectations without agency doesn’t make sense.

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

Recent articles

Grant funding in need of a radical overhaul (September 2022)

Many funders are changing their strategies around funding for arts organisations, but Michelle Wright thinks those changes inadvertently work against widening reach...

Comparing apples to oranges (May 2022)

Arts organisations increasingly use data to inform their decision making. But, argue David Johnson and Sarah Thelwall, if it’s not relevant, it risks being distracting, or even misleading...

Beware the Captain Tom trap (March 2022)

In implementing the levelling up agenda, the arts should pay attention to some worrying news on the legacy of Captain Tom, writes Michelle Wright...

Ethical trouble at the top (February 2022)

Day-to-day news is littered with questions over ethics. We care deeply about rights and wrongs. But Michelle Wright asks, do the arts care more than other sectors? 

Can corporate sponsorship be part of the environmental agenda? (November 2021)

As arts organisations struggle with post-Covid recovery, Michelle Wright asks whether sponsorship can grow in this economic climate...

Giving circles and the arts (September 2021)

Philanthropy is sometimes described as a ‘privilege’ of the wealthiest. But, as Michelle Wright argues, research suggests that giving circles can provide a meaningful and empowering experience at all levels...

Visit the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy page on the Arts Professional website to read all articles