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Governance advice and process

Most successful cultural sector organisations are also blessed with a cohesive and productive board.

That means one where the directors are committed to ethical leadership, where they know the true indicators of artistic and financial health (and what to insist upon), and where they’re committed to building positive and fruitful relationships – both inside the organisation and outside of it too.

We can assess your current board composition, skills and processes to make sure it’s setting your organisation up for success. We can also advise you on recruiting the most suitable board members, inducting new board members into their roles, and making sure your reporting procedures are the very best. And we can provide advice and support for your board if it’s seeking to be more engaged in your fundraising activities.

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Arts fundraising and the culture of asking

When you're a fundraising professional, it’s easy to compare our philanthropic landscape to the generosity of Americans and worry that we don’t have a culture of philanthropy in Australia. While it’s true that Australia’s high net worth individuals are performing...

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Arts fundraising: taking centre stage in the boardroom

It’s no secret that fundraising is the biggest issue facing most not-for-profit organisations. For the arts and cultural sector, the Australian Institute of Company Directors' 2015 Governance and Performance Study found that increasing private-sector income is the...

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7 characteristics of a successful arts Chairman

The Chairman of an arts organisation is not a figurehead – they play a crucial role that comes with personal repercussions if things don’t go well. Fundamentally, the Chair and Directors are there to take legal and fiscal responsibility for the organisation and, quite...

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