Benchmarking

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Benchmarking is a helpful tool to help improve standards, or to support decision-making. Whilst data does not provide the complete picture, it can provide a practical starting point for any discussion of financial sustainability in your organisation.

The Heritage Dashboard

If you are interested in learning more about how you might use data to inform your strategic decisions, the Heritage Dashboard we’ve built in collaboration with MyCake Finance can help you.

The Heritage Dashboard benchmarks your organisation’s data against other Heritage organisations in. It’s a brilliant tool to help to you build a business model built on relevant sector data, to sense check your decisions and to understand how the sector is generating funds.

The Heritage Dashboard is free to access, so why not register and start exploring the data sets today. Get in touch with us at [email protected] to get your free login.

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Artspace Lifespace – photo by Holly Bennett

Heritage Compass Fundraising Benchmark User Guide

Benchmarking is a helpful tool to help improve standards, or to support decision-making. Whilst data does not provide the complete picture, it can provide a practical starting point for any discussion of financial sustainability in your organisation.

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Financial Sustainability: Setting the Right Direction

This report aims to use data to help us reflect upon the financial sustainability of heritage organisations. It provides a snapshot of organisations at the start of their Heritage Compass journey, prior to the onset of Covid-19.

It sets a benchmark against which we can compare future years, particularly as the sector emerges from the challenges of the pandemic. In a period of change, it is also helpful to understand what might be considered ‘normal’ and how your organisation compares.

Published: December 2023 / updated May 2024

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Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust- photo by Richard Curzon

Explore Heritage Compass

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Directory

From 2020-2024, more than 400 heritage organisations from across England took part in the Heritage Compass programme.

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Legacy

Whilst the core Heritage Compass programme has come to an end, as part of Heritage Compass Legacy, we are continuing to support the sector through a range of targeted activities.

Heugh Battery Museum
Impact

Since its foundation, Heritage Compass has supported more than 400 participating organisations through training, mentoring, peer learning, access to funding, and a wealth of resources.

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Court Barn U3A visitors
Resources

Explore a range of articles and publications including the Strategies for Sustainability report series.