Introduction: fundraising

When it comes to fundraising, it's best to start with basics - approaching the right people, being clear about your plans, and showing who will benefit within and beyond the museum's walls

Planning a successful fundraising campaign

A successful fundraising campaign starts with serious self-analysis, says Julie Nightingale - knowing what you have and what you want to achieve

Write a star funding application

The evidence you need to back up a funding application is important, but can be dull. Give it impact with strong images and a clear structure

Working with funders

Applying for funding from a foundation can be complicated. But the key to securing money is making sure your project fits the funder's objectives

Attracting corporate sponsors

Corporate sponsors can be a lucrative source of funding. But if you want to tap into this, you have to show what the sponsor will get from the deal

Cultivating private donors

For smaller museums, cultivating private donors by matching their passions with your aspirations is often the most fruitful fundraising strategy

Trustees and fundraising

Trustees often have invaluable insights, experience - and contacts. So make sure they are a key part of your fundraising strategy

Case study: regular donors

A novel scheme run by Reading Museum Service gets local companies to become regular donors in return for being able to display museum artefacts in their offices

Case study: collection boxes

Tim Hunkin's anthropologists' collecting box provides a useful income and a quirky welcome to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford

Fundraising: further reading

A list of further articles on fundraising