Arts Fundraising Fellowships

Sir Peter Bazalgette meeting Arts Fundraising FellowsThe Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme, the first of its kind in the UK, aims to create the next generation of leading Development Directors skilled with the vision, entrepreneurial expertise and ingenuity to make significant difference to the arts fundraising landscape.

In Year One (2013/14), 15 of the country’s leading organisations across multiple art forms hosted an Arts Fundraising Fellow for twelve months in the Development Department. There were seven Host Organisations in London, 4 in the North of England and 4 in the South West. Find out more about the Year One Fellows via this link.

In Year Two (2014/15) there are five Host Organisations in London, five in the North of England and five in the South West. Find out more about the Year Two Fellows via this link.

In Year Three (2015/16), we have five Host Organisations in each of the following areas: London, the Midlands, the North of England, South East and South West. Find out more about the Year Three Fellowships via this link.

News about any future plans for the Fellowship programme will be announced via our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook.

Arts Fundraising Fellows event

This rare opportunity to learn on the job from experts in the field, supported by a diverse training and learning programme, is providing career development never before offered in the cultural sector. All Fellows are mentored, trained and gain hands-on experience in the many facets of fundraising. In addition, each Host is engaging their Fellow in challenging projects particular to their organisation. The University of Leeds is evaluating the programme and is breaking new ground in providing accreditation for the Fellowships.


Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England, which is supporting the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme, says:

“At a time when arts and cultural organisations up and down the country face such challenging economic factors, fundraising is becoming an increasingly important income stream. That’s why it is fantastic to see a new generation of arts fundraisers receiving training and hands-on experience, as well as the positive impact the programme is having on the organisations involved. I am very interested to see how, over time, the learning and impact can be shared more widely in the sector.”

David Platten, the University of Leeds Professor who oversees the accreditation process for the programme, added:

“The University of Leeds is delighted to have developed the first work-based Post Graduate Certificate in Arts Fundraising in the country. Through access to the latest research and with insights from leaders of some of the country’s leading arts organisations, it provides an academic and theoretical framework, allowing participants to put what they have learned into practice.”

The Arts Fundraising Fellowships were created as a partnership between Cause4 and the DARE Fundraising Academy (a partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds), together with leading arts and education organisations in three regions across England.

Thanks to additional support from Arts Council England, we launched a national rollout of the Fellowships programme for 2015/16 – this means that we are able to support five Fellows in each of the five ACE areas. Find out more about the Year Three Fellowships via this link.