Over the past four years, The North West Federation of Museums (NWFed) and Museum Development North West (MDNW) have developed a strong partnership, through joint working and shared resources, which has further strengthened the museum and heritage sector in the North West through the delivery of various training and development opportunities.
In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this programme has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.
This series of workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further. Each workshop will cover a different aspect to help organisations develop sustainable income streams and find alternative sources of funding and by thinking differently and creatively about how they approach funding.
This workshop will encourage organisations to source alternative means of funding and help them move away from trusts and foundations. Attending organisations will be invited to analyse their use of donations messaging, look to establish or refresh their online retail offers, be helped to demystify crowdfunding and look at the opportunities in working with external creatives. Speakers and workshop leaders include:
Anne Strachan, Crowdfunder UK – Crowdfunder UK is the UK’s top crowdfunding platform and has raised millions for businesses, social enterprise, charities and individuals, unlocking millions more through match funding and support. For this workshop we have asked Anne to talk about her experiences within the world of crowdfunding and offer workshop attendees advice on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to running a successful campaign.
Jo Beggs, Head of Development, The Manchester Partnership - The Manchester Partnership is a team of public, private and third sector organisations that work together on delivering Manchester's Community Strategy. Recently, as part of her role in Development within the Partnership, Beggs has helped redevelop donations messaging with numerous charities within Manchester. For this workshop we have asked Jo to talk about her experience and what works and what doesn’t when developing messaging for donations.
Rosy Ross, previous Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellow, MAC Birmingham – Having recently graduated as an Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellow, for this workshop Rosy will discuss her recent research on donations boxes and their efficacy, incorporating some of her own experience and several unusual and/or successful case studies from a range of arts and heritage organisations. Rosy will also look at recommendations for putting together a donations box strategy, particularly when budgets are tight.