Guides, Toolkits and Resources

Here are a range of excellent guides, toolkits and resources on ethical fundraising and sponsorship. We will update this page with new articles and materials as they are made available.


Creating ethical guidelines for fundraising – by Culture Hive

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Culture Hive provides this guide which ‘provides useful advice on how to set up ethical guidelines to ensure that trustees, staff and any potential commercial partners share a common understanding of your organisation’s ethical values’.

You can download the full guide here.


Take the Money and Run – by LADA/Platform

Take the money and run cover

In this Study Room Guide from the Live Art Development Agency, Jane Trowell from Platform has selected some key texts that are useful in helping to position yourself ethically with regard to financing or supporting artistic practice through business or corporate sponsorship. You can view it in full here.

Fundraising Policy Template – Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

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Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is England’s national arts and cultural fundraising programme. On their website they have a range of resources, including an ethical fundraising policy template, available for download here.

Mind the Gap: Contradictions in Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP – by Platform

Tate Ethics Perspectives

In 2015, Platform put together Mind the Gap, which drew together reflections and commentaries on the deliberations that were undertaken by Tate’s Ethics Committee as they prepared to make a recommendation on whether the Gallery should renew its sponsorship deal with BP in 2016. We now know that BP’s sponsorship of Tate did come to an end, and it is likely that these ethical complexities and the spotlight on Tate’s decision-making played a role.

With contributions from David Carrington (independent governance advisor), Bridget McKenzie (Director of Flow Associates UK) and Tim Crook (Head of Media Law & Ethics and Radio, Goldsmiths University), Mind the Gap is an invaluable resource for any members of staff undertaking complex ethical decisions but particularly around sponsorship.

You can view the full publication here.

Julie’s Bicycle

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Julie’s Bicycle supports arts organisations in reducing their environmental impact, primarily by helping them to consider operational issues and explore ways to cut their carbon footprint. However, they have many resources and blogs giving examples of how different arts organisations are embracing sustainability.

Following their ‘Leading Change’ event in 2015 where over 20 ACE National Portfolio Organisations came together, those present agreed that…

“We need strategies for ethical funding and sponsorship. The issues around ethical investment, sponsorship and fundraising are becoming more public, as evidenced by the divestment movement, and the focus on oil sponsorship in the arts and culture. Whatever the view of your board, organisations would be well advised to have a policy on investment and sponsorship, and be able to defend it. And it is always worth identifying alternative sources of income that can replace investment linked to environmentally damaging activities.”

Read the full blog here and find out more at the Julie’s Bicycle website here.

BP’s Cultural Sponsorship: A Corrupting Influence – by Art Not Oil

Artisits and faith groups protest BP sponsorship of the Arts in the British Musuem.

While Art Not Oil‘s report is a specific investigation into the impacts of a single sponsor, it raises a whole range of ethical questions around corporate sponsorship. It perhaps demonstrates the risks that an arts organisation might face if it fails to be consistent and transparent in how it goes about making decisions about sponsorship, or put necessary policies and processes in place.

You can read the report in full here.

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