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Fundraising as a profession needs board support

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Caroline Sharpen

Boards are failing to invest in a discipline that ensures their very existence partly because many don't appreciate fundraising as a profession.

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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 primary issue over the next 3-5 years.

About the author

Caroline Sharpen is an experienced strategist, consultant and business development practitioner. She is also the principal of Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting, an alliance of specialists and independent consultants working with arts and creative-sector clients.