Trustees of arts boards should be playing a significant part in supporting fundraising activities, according to Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Chair of Cause4. In this article, Sir Thomas explores the ways in which arts and cultural organisations can support their trustees to think about their leadership role in supporting fundraising. He suggests several key themes to help take the fear out of fundraising for trustees.
The very best organisations that I work with have the whole organisation − trustees, executive and staff − behind its fundraising strategy. If any part of the team does not believe that fundraising is important, and a key responsibility, it will not work. It is all too frequent that we see a disconnect between trustees and executive: the trustees wanting to help but not knowing how to, and the executive frustrated because they feel that trustees are not engaged or leading from the front.