Good meeting yesterday with Arts Council England leaders Liz Forgan, Chair, Ali Cole, Executive Director, Advocacy and Communications, and Alan Davey, Chief Executive at their headquarters in Great Peter Street.
We discussed fundraising consultants, the "culture of giving" and, perhaps more importantly, the "culture of asking" in the UK, as well as how the fundraising community can work with ACE to help arts charities, especially smaller ones, diversify their income in light of decreasing statutory and government funding.
Specific solutions will take time to develop, but this was an excellent start and I thank Alan, Ali, and Liz for their candor and their time.
More details to follow.
Rick Holland CFRE