Are fundraisers too scared to take risks? In the latest in our series of articles for Arts Professional, Michelle Wright examines the issue and asks three arts fundraisers what they’ve learnt from their own failures.
"It’s tough for arts organisations at the moment. As I work with CEOs and artistic directors it’s not lost on me that most have the threat of funding cuts or failure in fundraising hanging over their heads like a sword of Damocles. Psychologically, that’s tough. How much time can we invest in fundraising and what can be exploratory? How do we walk the tightrope of risk, knowing that every decision is likely to be scrutinised by the public and our key funders? It is high stress stuff..."