Year 1 Fellows – London

The seven Year 1 Cause4 fundraising Fellows and their host organisations in London were:

1310 portraits (9)
Naomi Allen was Fellow at Free Word. Naomi contributed to a wide range of fundraising activity, including  helping the organisation to migrate to a new database.  Naomi realised during her fellowship that fundraising is, in essence, a creative endeavour.

Naomi was excited to take this knowledge with her into her new role, fundraising for an international charity.

“Raising money brings with it a sense of achievement – you are producing the means so that an organisation can thrive.” Naomi Allen


1310 portraits (99)Stephanie Graham was Fellow for the Barbican.  Stephanie worked across income streams on a number of different projects during the fellowship, including contributing to fundraising in support of a major classical music residency at the Barbican in 2015.

Stephanie is now Director of Adapt for Arts, a Community Interest Company that offers technology, marketing, design and fundraising services to artists and arts organisations.

“I was delighted to work within the social and historical context of the Barbican using the diverse business and resident community as a great inspiration.”  Stephanie Graham


1310 portraits (73)Sandie Mattioli was Fellow for the Whitechapel Gallery.  Sandie achieved some fantastic fundraising success with Trusts and Foundations at home and abroad.

Sandie is currently Head of Development at Cockpit Arts.

“Working with the Development department at the Whitechapel Gallery has opened up a world of insights and opportunities into fundraising and philanthropy. One day I might be approaching Trusts and Foundations for support, another working on details of a Patrons trip or preparing materials for Corporate partners. The variety and breadth of fundraising activity I have been involved in as a Fellow has been utterly fantastic – with lots more to come over the coming months I am sure!” Sandie Mattioli


1310 portraits (86)Emma Pickering was Fellow for Sadler’s Wells. Here, she worked with both the corporate and capital fundraising strands, with successes including developing and subsequently managing a brand new corporate membership scheme and co-organising a number of large scale events.

Emma now works as Grants & Assessment Officer at Help Musicians UK.

“Being an AFPF Fellow is a great experience for many reasons. It is an intense but stimulating learning journey, allowing you to gain knowledge of various strands of fundraising. It is a perfect opportunity to put theory into practice, ask questions and develop your own progression and ideas. The training we receive is also of a very high standard. As a fellow, you have such a strong support network around you and you are always encouraged to use this, whether this is your host organisation, the other fellows, Cause4 or external mentors. As a group, we have all become very close and it has been great to be a part of a joint journey with them.” Emma Pickering


1310 portraits (32)Jill Richens was Fellow at A New Direction. Jill was particularly proud of her work developing the organisation’s fundraising and business strategies, as well as contributing to their direct fundraising success.

Jill now works at the British Council in their Partnerships team, supporting British Council Arts to secure funding from trusts and foundations.

“During my Fellowship I have particularly enjoyed working on A New Direction’s fundraising strategy. Early-career fundraising positions often focus heavily on research-based tasks, whereas strategy work entails a broader perspective – answering big questions (who we want to be, and what we want to do) rather than small details. It’s testament to the team at A New Direction that they have created a space where I can contribute to the organisations’ future. This was a great learning experience and brought with it many new connections.” Jill Richens


1310 portraits (37)Sarah Ruff was Fellow at Dance UK. Sarah’s achievements as a Fellow included brokering new relationships with corporate organisations and helping to organise a major fundraising event.

Sarah is now working as an Events Manager in the Development team at RADA.

“Fundraising is integral to most arts business models to implement and sustain good artistic practice. I am so glad that through this fellowship I have had the opportunity to train in this area. I now have the confidence and expertise to a approach a much wider spectrum of arts funders, and so have a greater opportunity to increase capacity for the creation of artistic works.” Sarah Ruff, April 2014


1310 portraits (66)Dana Segal was Fellow for The Roundhouse. Dana led on developing the communications and advocacy of the organisations’ charitable objectives, growing both the individual donor and events income stream.

“The experience you get on the fellowship and within your host organisation is so much more than ‘just fundraising’ – I’ve really developed my communication & research skills as well as my knowledge and understanding of organisational strategy, business planning. Through the constant connection with the other fellows, I’ve been able to really understand the context and impact of the Roundhouse’s work within the wider arts & heritage sector.” Dana Segal