Arts and education fundraising

This is a collection of creative approaches to fundraising in education and the arts. Successful fundraising in the arts and educations sectors is merely a matter of knowing which buttons are which and pushing only the right ones. Easier said than done, of course.

The École Centrale Paris (Central School of Paris): alumni online challenge

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by SOFII

This online promotion raised double the amount of previous offline activities.

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The German Leprosy Relief Association: ‘Different Strokes’, the art show with a difference

A section of the electronic invitation

by SOFII

Different strokes – an art show with a cause – organised by the German Leprosy Relief Associaiton in India created a world of opportunity for disabled, or rather differently-able, adults and children artists by giving them the opportunity to show – and sell – their work alongside that of professionals.

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The Art Fund: the battle to save the Staffordshire Hoard

art fund pack

by SOFII

This emergency appeal captivated the imagination of the public and was so successful that it even closed a few weeks early. This will be a useful read for all fundraisers.

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Harvard University: how Harvard got its name. Major gift fundraising in the seventeenth century.

Harvard College

by SOFII

The examples in this exhibit are almost 400 years old, yet it would seem that we are still making the same mistakes today when it comes to major gift fundraising.

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Culver Academies: by example campaign

by SOFII

It’s not often SOFII gets to showcase an alumni fundraising campaign and this one is an absolute cracker. This campaign managed to exceed their (already ambitious) target, not once but twice.

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University of Oxford: legacy brochure

Bright, colourful, optimistic, helpful. Oxford University’s brochure is designed to look good and be very functional

by SOFII

The dream inspires. A classic legacy promotion brochure with multiple enclosures shows you how it’s done. By providing an inspiring vision in the main document as well as individualised content in the template insert, this brochure has the ability to be as broad or as narrow as required.

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University of South Carolina: ‘We are South Carolina Y’ALL’ (Young Alumni Leaving a Legacy)

Front of the postcard

by SOFII

Innovative and engaging alumni fundraising from USC shows the education sector how it should be done.

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University of South Carolina: search for ‘the face of Y’ALL’

by SOFII

Y’ALL stands for Young Alumni Leaving a Legacy and this exhibit chronicles an associated endeavour, the search for a face, or rather a couple of faces, to promote it.

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Ben Franklin touring education and fundraising shows

by SOFII

This creative example of fundraising educational entertainment seems to SOFII to be very flexible and potentially easy to copy.

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters from the 1940s, letters 1 and 2

The Bruce Barton Letters

by SOFII

Written between 1944 and 1960, the 22 letters in this series reputedly raised over US$2 million. Serious direct mail copywriters will study these letters carefully and will profit accordingly.

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Aline Reed

Aline Reed is a freelance copywriter and creative. She worked for fourteen years at Bluefrog, a London-based agency that specialises in fundraising, where she progressed from copywriter to creative director. She has written fundraising campaigns for all kinds of organisations – charities, museums, galleries and universities. Her work has successfully run internationally in the Netherlands, US, Australia, Ireland as well as the UK. Away from fundraising, she writes book reviews for the Sunday Express and blogs about books and travelling.

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