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Fundraising response to Covid-19: From Response to Recovery

To help fundraisers in this hugely challenging time, The Institute of Fundraising has worked closely with THINK Consulting Solutions to put together an important new resource. From Response to Recovery: Fundraising strategy and Covid-19 takes you through the key strategic questions and issues which face so many charities, providing you with tips, insight, and ideas ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Remaining Positive and Resilient – time to pivot

Throughout April and May 2020 Adam Gallacher, Ambitious 4 Growth delivered a series of free AMA webinars  encouraging cultural organisations to stay positive and resilient throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Here he sums up the series and tells us now is the time to shake-up tradition, test and explore, reform and respond.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Article

Culture in Lockdown. Part 1: We can do digital, can we do strategy?

In this first of three think-pieces, Andrew McIntyre, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (MHM) argues  that the phenomenal effort we’re all putting into giving audiences access to our digital content needs to be re-framed as a series of radical experiments that can make our post-Covid organisations far more audience-focused.


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Article

Let’s Create: Arts Council England strategy 2020-2030

Let’s Create: Arts Council England (ACE) strategy 2020 – 2030 sets out the change they want to achieve together over the next decade. It will help put in place conditions that enable creative practitioners, cultural organisations and their workforces to respond nimbly and effectively to what lies ahead, and to shape it for the better. And for Arts Council England, it will determine ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

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What is Resilience Anyway?

A comprehensive report covering key areas of what makes an arts or cultural organisation resilience. Research conducted by Golant Media Ventures and The Audience Agency. Commissioned by Arts Council England.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Shakespeare’s Globe – the journey towards a CRM strategy

Follow the journey of Shakespeare’s Globe as they put in place a comprehensive CRM strategy. This in-depth article gives you useful pointers to powering up CRM within your organisation (whatever its size) and a framework that you can use for your own projects to make a business case for change.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: article

GDPR – what is it and where to start

By now, you may have heard that GDPR is on the way, and have the nagging feeling that you probably should do something about it… Audience development agency Thrive share their quick and easy guide to what you need to know to get started.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Ethical Fundraising Policy Template

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy have drafted a best practice Ethical Fundraising Policy Template. A perfect tool to help you design your fundraising policy or check that the one you have is ethical.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Knowing and Growing Your Audience

Knowing and Growing your Audience is a new Prosper resource from Julie Aldridge helping you to develop a practical and strategic approach to audience development. The guide was adapted from a Prosper webinar delivered as part of Creative United’s Prosper programme.


Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Power Up

Chrissie Tiller re-evaluates what we mean by offering people access to culture. This Creative People and Places case study is an attempt to contextualise the journeys being made by participants, artists, partners and teams on the CPP programme.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

Shared Decision-Making

Tips, tools and case studies from Creative People and Places projects.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Choreographing your fundraising strategy

In this article, Fern Potter likens fundraising to choreographing a dance – starting with a clear vision that is developed into a strategy that can be used to achieve your organisation’s fundraising goals. A good fundraising strategy can help fundraisers overcome the fear of asking people for money.  


Published: 2015 | Resource type: article

Creating ethical guidelines for fundraising

Creating ethical guidelines for fundraising

This guide provides useful advice on how to set up ethical guidelines to ensure that trustees, staff and any potential commercial partners share a common understanding of your organisation’s ethical values.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Preparing for a meeting with a potential corporate partner

Preparing for a meeting with a potential corporate partner

This guide provides useful advice on how to prepare for a meeting with a potential corporate partner to ensure your ‘ask’ is presented in a way that complements your potential partner’s business activities.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

How to develop a fundraising strategy

How to develop a fundraising strategy

This guide will take you through the seven key steps in the fundraising strategy cycle and provide you with the essential ingredients of a good fundraising strategy.


Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Developing a fundraising strategy

Develop your fundraising strategy with confidence, supported by this handy guide from NCVO.


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Funder needs analysis tool

This useful tool provides an income spectrum that will help you understand the expectations and requirements that different income streams will have on your organisation. It will help you focus on the different approaches needed for funders, clients and customers. It was developed by the NCVO to help voluntary and community organisations to develop and implement a sustainable income ... Read more


Published: 2014 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Customer-centred strategies

In this short article Jim Rosenberg, National Arts Strategies (USA), promotes customer-centred strategies as the way forward for arts organisations.  He argues that an ‘ingrained’ fear of ‘pandering’ to customers could be holding arts organisations back and stresses that what audiences today seek is not necessarily very far from what many arts organisations strive to ... Read more


Published: 2009 | Resource type: article

Breaking down the barriers to the arts

To remain relevant to the communities they serve, arts organisations need to change – or they will die. This article examines a range of barriers to arts involvement, including marketing which might itself create barriers. It concludes that both organisational and social change are needed.


Published: 2000 | Resource type: article

Is all this technology actually helping?

Is it just possible that technology might be alienating our audiences and creating a barrier to the arts? ICT is used to develop advertising and marketing strategies and to enhance sales and provide customers with information, but are computers getting in the way? This article argues that it is possible to do technology well – ... Read more


Published: 2000 | Resource type: article