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Can Rishi’s Riches Save the Arts?

09 Jul 2020

As news of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s £1.57bn arts and culture rescue package came through late last Sunday night, it was a good way to end the weekend… and enabled me to wake up on Monday morning much more optimistic about the future of the UK arts sector than I had been previously. But hold back on the knight to the rescue fantasy. I have some concerns.

Thinking beyond Rishi’s Riches: how to convince your boss you should attend the National Arts Fundraising School | Elephant on chair, afraid of a mouse

Thinking beyond Rishi’s Riches: how to convince your boss you should attend the National Arts Fundraising School

06 Jul 2020

Hurrah! The recent arts funding announcement from the government is good news. It will help. Maybe now is the time to persuade your boss that you can help your organisation build for the longer term.

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Tribal times: understanding our reactions to coronavirus and adapting our fundraising

01 Apr 2020

In these Coronaviral times when you listen to the or watch the news it’s all about death- despite the fact that most people, even those who are infected, recover. Why are we so focused on death?

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NAFS and Covid-19 Plan B Blog: A Message from the School’s Director Bernard Ross

12 Mar 2020

­­­­­­­­I’m sure, like me, you’re following the COVID-19 developments. In this blog want to fill you in on what plans we’re making concerning the National Arts Fundraising School set for May 1st-6th. It has bad news and good news.

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Testing Decision Science in NYC. Can you guess which worked best?

06 Nov 2019

October 31st was an exciting day for the =mc consulting team, testing out various decision science principles on behalf of MSF/DWB with a brilliant group of young Face to Face canvassers from GiveBridge.

How to make your ideas ‘sticky’

19 Apr 2019

Some ideas are ‘sticky’ – that is they seem to very quickly and easily acquire status and circulation. Some of these ideas are natural – that is they have grown up seemingly spontaneously – and some have been created – consciously designed by advertising executives, marketers or charity fundraisers.

How to convince your boss you should attend the National Arts Fundraising School

05 Feb 2020

So you’ve decided you want to come to the National Arts Fundraising School. Coming on the School is possibly the most expensive investment you/your organisation could make.

30 years running & £350M raised… is it REALLY worth the hype?!

22 Feb 2019

It’s crazy to think that the National Arts Fundraising School, or NAFS as it’s affectionately known, has been running for 30 years. Because 30 years ago, arts & cultural fundraising was a totally different space.

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What will I get from the National Arts Fundraising School?

11 Feb 2019

So you’re interested in coming on the National Arts Fundraising School and joining our elite Alumni of arts fundraisers at the top of their game… fantastic, we’d love to see you there. But just in case you need further convincing, here are 10 things you’ll personally get from the School.

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The five common questions about the National Arts Fundraising School

11 Feb 2019

Maybe the challenges you face are more regarding your own questions about the National Arts Fundraising School. Below we tackle some of the common ones.

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Five reasons not to come to the National Arts Fundraising School

04 Jan 2019

Before you try to persuade someone to support your attendance at the School ask yourself five key questions. If you can answer ‘yes’ to most of these then you won’t benefit. If you answer ‘no’, then you definitely should come.

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Myth No 5: The rational case for the arts drives donations

28 Jul 2017

In the final part of the #5Myths of Arts & Culture Fundraising blog series by National Arts Fundraising School Director Bernard Ross, he touches on the use of behavioural economics in fundraising.

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