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18th August 2014 Sara Lock

Resources by David Dixon

Fundraising on a shoestring at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

The Watermill Theatre in rural Berkshire was converted in the early 1960s from a former watermill on the banks of the River Lambourn into a theatre and producing organisation. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how, in 2000, the theatre appointed its first professional fundraiser and by 2006 fundraising income had increased five-fold and The Watermill had also launched a £3 million capital appeal.

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Establishing a long-term individual giving programme

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is one of the UK’s three regional opera companies, touring Wales and central and southern England from its base in Cardiff.  In 2005 WNO moved into the new Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in the regenerated former docklands of Cardiff Bay. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how WNO not only had the challenge of selling 85% more seats than their previous home but also needed to develop a consistent programme of fundraising from individuals.

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Tyneside Cinema's Capital Appeal

Tyneside Cinema is an arthouse cinema based in the North East of the UK showing the best films from around the world. It also acts as a showcase for regional film-makers as well as training upwards of 6,000 adults and children each year in filmmaking skills. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how Tyneside Cinema planned to raise £500,000 as part of the £6.5 million it needed to undertake a complete restoration.

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Raising funds through a capital appeal

In 2000 the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) unveiled an ambitious project to refurbish the Royal Scottish Academy Building and to build an underground link adjacent to the National Gallery of Scotland. The project was partly funded by the Scottish Executive and Heritage Lottery Fund with the remaining funds raised through a capital appeal. This case study by David Dixon, was first published in 2006 in Theresa Lloyd's Cultural Giving, describes how the appeal raised a total of £14 million from individuals, trust and companies over a five year period.

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