Programme News

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme announces NPO award

27th June 2017

Arts Council England today announced that Cause4, which leads the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, with Consortium partners the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the University of Leeds, has become a National Portfolio Organisation due to commence from April 2018 for four years. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP)’s mission is to strengthen cultural organisations’ resilience and sustainability by transforming their fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success.

Michelle Wright, CEO of Cause4 and Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy said: “The announcement from Arts Council England that Cause4 is to become an NPO comes at an important time and allows us to look at the development of new business models, accredited training programmes as well as a new programme of new online e-learning and digital resources which will leave an important legacy of data and information about best practice in fundraising development for the sector.”

Shared Ambition – Participating Organisations Announced

AMA Conference

26th June 2017

The participating organisations have just been announced taking part in an exciting new action research project, Shared Ambition — fundraising and marketing together, managed by the AMA in partnership with Baker Richards as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme. This action research programme will explore collaboration between fundraisers and marketers to better achieve their organisation’s objectives. To find out who the 13 selected organisations are, follow this link.
Follow the participating organisations journeys’ on the AMA Blog and on Twitter @amadigital using #SharedAmbition

Culture Change Support Organisations Announced

Michelle Wright

16th June 2017

We are delighted to announce the five successful organisations taking part in Culture Change, an Arts Council England-funded initiative, tailored training and consultancy package led by Michelle Wright, Programme Director of AFP and CEO of Cause4. It is for arts and cultural organisations undergoing substantial change, to inspire improved leadership and team working towards the shared goal of increasing fundraising and income generation.

The 5 organisations are: Bath Festivals, Live Theatre Winchester, Marsden Jazz Festival, Rhythmix and Whitstable Biennale

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – FREE Introductory Taster Session

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9th June 2017

If you’re interested in discovering more about the arts and culture distance learning qualification ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate join us for a FREE session at Arts Council England in London on Wednesday 6 September from 3pm-4.30pm.

This introductory session will be facilitated by the Course Director, Peter Raymond who will give an overview of all aspects of the course including key content, syllabus and learning outcomes. It will be a great opportunity to meet with other potential students, as well a chance to ask Peter any burning questions that you may have about sponsorship with regards to the course.

Click here to find our more about the Arts Sponsorship Certificate and enrol today.

To register your interest in the taster session, please email us via this link.

New Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy e-learning platform!

1st June 2017

As part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme extension grant, generously funded by Arts Council England until March 2018, we are piloting a new e-learning initiative with digital partner, Proversity. 

As part of this partnership we have created a two-hour pilot e-learning course ‘Asking People for Money’.

This is a short course that can be accessed via web and mobile and you can see a preview video here.  It is specifically aimed at individual creative practitioners and smaller arts and cultural organisations – but we hope will have broad reach across the arts & cultural sector!

The initial course will be offered to the sector for free from 6 June 2017 for a period of six weeks. Please sign up at from now and we will alert you soon as the course is live.

Shared Ambition — Fundraising and Marketing Together

AMA Conference

24th May 2017

We’re looking for marketers and fundraisers working together in arts, culture and heritage organisations in England to take part in an exciting new action research project, Shared Ambition — fundraising and marketing together, managed by the AMA in partnership with Baker Richards as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme. In return for taking part in a sector-wide practice review you will receive a bespoke training programme and thousands of pounds worth of professional development at a fraction of the cost.
Apply by 12 noon, Monday 12 June.

Network Funding Projects announced for 2017

Groups & Networks

19th April 2017

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Networks Funding  projects we will be supporting for 2017. To find out more about the organisations and projects click here

Pamela Johnson joins Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy as the new Head of Programme

4th April 2017

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP) announced today that Pamela Johnson is joining the team as Head of the Arts Fundraising Programme from June 2017, to help grow and deliver the programme. Pamela joins the team with a wealth of experience, her 25-year career spanning arts marketing, fundraising, policy development and academia, as well as being a well-established consultant, trainer and Trustee.

Michelle Wright, Director of the AFP programme, commented, “We are delighted that Pamela will be joining the AFP team as we develop our next programme of work until March 2018 which includes a diverse range of accredited and one day arts fundraising training, new e-learning and digital programmes. Pam’s experience across marketing, fundraising and audience development will be invaluable as we look to refresh existing areas of work, develop new thinking and aim to keep the AFP offer relevant to the arts sector at a time of change”.