I’ve been meaning, and indeed been trying to get back into online learning this month. In fact, I did start a new FutureLearn course entitled ‘Social Innovation’, but somehow it didn’t click with me, so I’ve decided to leave that one and restart with a shorter course on ‘Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture‘. I’ve spent most of my career so far working in the cultural sector, but on the marketing and communications side rather than fundraising and development, although, of course, there’s always plenty of overlap. I’m currently writing this by swapping back and forth between my blog and the course introduction, and it looks very promising so far.
The introduction talks about a few basic ideas of funding models – the UK falls somewhere between the US style of arts funding via trusts and private giving, and the European model of centralised government funding. In the past, this has been presented to me as a positive, since it provides a diverse range of funding sources to draw on, and also means that an arts organisation shouldn’t be too influenced by one source and their views/needs. However, I have seen that in practice that is a very resource-heavy way of operating – there’s a lot of work involved in the planning, communication and administration of many different money pots, and many organisations aren’t able to keep up as a result.
Anyway, I’ll be checking back in with this course and with more notes before the weekend (hopefully!)