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Arts and Business choose Charisma

Arts and Business choose Charisma

Arts & Business has chosen Charisma from
Minerva Computer Systems to merge all their regional and national databases into a single repository accessible by the organisation’s national network.

The system successfully went live on 9th December 2002.

Arts & Business, the not-for-profit organisation that helps business people support the arts, and the arts inspire business people, have been working with the Gloucestershire based company since April 2002.

Lew Hodges, Director of Finance and Planning at Arts & Business said: “Arts & Business helps its 350 members develop more effective ways of working together to bring art into the business environment. Charisma will enable us to work more effectively as an organisation; we used to have
individual access databases for each region as well as two at our London headquarters which was obviously inefficient. Minerva converted much of our existing data so that each region can now access information via one central database.”

Charisma also helps Arts and Business run other activities such as its New Partners investment scheme; The Board Bank, which enables people with business skills to join
the board of an arts organisation; and The Skills Bank which matches skilled business people with arts organisations to work on specific management projects.

Charles Bagnall, Minerva’s principal consultant, said: “Charisma was ideal for them as it brings together all their regional
databases. In addition, we were able to use our ‘nVision’ application extender to build screens that support their programs, without having to do any programming.”

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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