The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is Britain’s first public museum, and the oldest University Museum in the world.
Established in 2001, the Ashmolean’s Development team has grown to one of the largest in its region (7.8 full time equivalent posts), and covers a range of fundraising specialities (major gifts; trusts and foundations; corporate fundraising; and individual giving, including membership schemes, legacies, annual appeals, donation boxes and online giving). The Museum underwent a major capital redevelopment in 2009, which provided the main focus of the Development team’s fundraising efforts for several years before and after completion of the project. More recently, the focus has shifted to increasing the endowment (the Ashmolean Fund) and securing the future of the Museum for generations to come.
The Fundraising Fellow will gain a broad range of skills while at the Ashmolean. The Development team will provide first-hand experience of closing major gifts, from prospect identification and research, via presenting prospect lists to The Ashmolean Fund Working Group (the Museum’s Development Committee) to learning how to ‘make the ask’. It is however equally important that in their time with us, the Fellow gains extensive experience of all areas of the Ashmolean’s Development operation, including corporate fundraising; applications to trusts and foundations; individual giving; handling Gift Aid claims; liaising with Front of House teams on data capture; and in-depth database training and management.
The Fellow will benefit from the training and coaching provided by the Ashmolean Museum to help them achieve their fundraising objectives. Furthermore, as the Ashmolean is a department of the University of Oxford, the Fellow will also be able to access the impressive personal development programmes offered by the University for its 80+ strong central Development team and those of its 39 colleges. Hosting a Fundraising Fellow will enable the Development team to consolidate and modify their own practice in response to learning gained from hosting of the Fellow, and will motivate participation in training and learning opportunities within the wider Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme. Hosting a Fellow also demonstrates the Ashmolean’s commitment to sharing knowledge and experience with the next generation of exceptional fundraisers, and helps encourage fundraising development across all staff.