Find the right donor

Finding great donors for your arts organisation is always a challenge. Here are some ideas that may help you:

Use existing networks

Contact your current donors and people on your mailing and membership lists and let them know about tax incentives for giving donations. 

Tell your audiences

After performances or at exhibitions, leave fliers asking people to contact you if they wish to support you by donating.

Gather business cards at your events and follow up with a phone call.

Build relationships with your local community

Get involved in your community. Use community events and publications to let people know who you are, what you do and how they can help.

Find out about existing community groups in your area − arrange to visit them and let them know what you do.

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Find out more about different charitable organisations at

Talk to other art organisations

Find out how they approach potential donors and how they maintain donor relationships.

Once you have targeted a potential donor, the next step is to talk to them.

Next: How to talk to possible donors