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Inaugural arts & culture fundraising awards seek entries

Inaugural arts & culture fundraising awards seek entries

This spring sees the launch of the Emcees Awards to recognise best practice in arts and culture fundraising.

Launched by =mc and The National Arts Fundraising School, the categories are:

  • Best Campaign – £100,000 and above (sponsored by Richmond Associates)
  • Best Campaign – under £100,000
  • Best use of Digital Channels in a Fundraising Campaign
  • Best Corporate Partnership
  • Best Individual Giving Campaign
  • The National Arts Fundraising School Award for Innovation

The panel of judges will include: Bernard Ross, =mc and National Arts Fundraising School founder-director; Philly Graham and David Burgess, =mc consultants and co-leaders of the National Arts Fundraising School; Clare Titley, director of philanthropy, Arts Council England; Sue Fisher, director of development, Science Museum and Régis Cochefert, director – grants and programmes, Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Judges will be looking for campaigns and partnerships that demonstrate strong evidence of having a donor-centred approach and a strong underlying strategy, as well as an innovative or creative approach to engaging prospects and supporters.

Calls for nominations are now open, and entrants can nominate their own organisation, or another campaign or partnership in the sector that has impressed them. To be eligible, the campaign/partnership must have been active at any time between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015.

To nominate visit:

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on 11 March 2016, and the winners will be announced on 5th May 2016 at an event held at the London Science Museum.

=mc director Bernard Ross said:

“We believe there have been some outstanding campaigns as arts organisations become better and better at innovative ways to engage private donors, individuals, companies and foundations. This award scheme is our way of identifying and celebrating the very best in existing practice and sharing it with the rest of the arts community.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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