Programme News

Five reasons to choose a career in arts fundraising

Amanda Rigali

1st September 2015

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s Head of Programme, Amanda Rigali, has written an article for Creative & Cultural Skills entitled ‘Five reasons to choose a career in arts fundraising’:

Within our team, we’re used to hearing some common questions when we talk about our work. The most common is: “Why do the arts need to fundraise?” This is closely followed by: “Fundraising… that’s a bit, well, dull. Isn’t it?” Firstly, arts and cultural organisations really do need to fundraise. The majority of them are charities, dependent on charitable donations for anything from one tenth to one half of their income, and yet only one per cent of all charitable funds go to arts and cultural causes. Secondly, in the words of Jess Hilton one of our Arts Fundraising Fellows, fundraising is “a lot of fun”. Here are some of the reasons why…

Read Amanda’s full article on the Creative & Cultural Skills website

Trustee Leadership training course: October 2015

Trustee Leadership icon

28th August 2015

Our popular half-day training course in Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy takes place in London on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 2pm-5.30pm. Led by Matthew Bowcock, this is the only scheduled Trustee Leadership session for the autumn, so we would recommend early booking to secure your places.

Trustees play an essential role in fundraising. They are their organisation’s chief ambassadors, supporting the executive team and helping to connect them with a wide range of external networks. Trustees who actively support their organisation’s fundraising strategy will significantly increase its potential for success. This training session offers practical guidance and tips on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy as important tools within your organisation’s fundraising and income generation strategy.

Cost: £75+VAT per person; book 3 places and get 1 free. Find full details and online booking via this link.

Action Learning training day – 22 October 2015

24th August 2015

Join us in London for an Action Learning training day on Thursday 22 October 2015.

Our day-long Action Learning and Coaching Skills training session will guide you through Action Learning Set structure and protocols as well as key Coaching Skills training. This training day is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to participate in peer-to-peer Action Learning Sets and to mentor, coach and support your own staff.

The session takes place at Toynbee Studios in London and runs from 10.30am-5.30pm. The cost is £50+VAT per person. Find out more and book online via this link.

Training opportunity for potential arts trustees

20th August 2015

Book now to secure your place on Close Brothers’ Trustee Leadership Programme for potential trustees interested in roles in the arts, heritage organisations and museums. The course begins on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 6.30pm, and there are currently only 20 places left.

Delivered by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy consortium partner Cause4 in partnership with the Clothworker’s Company, this specialised trustee training course covers the key regulatory issues with real-world insights from leading figures from the arts sector.

Offered over five evenings, including a matching event with arts leaders seeking new trustees, places cost £120 + VAT and can be booked online via Eventbrite for a small fee, or by invoice by contacting Tom Hoyle at Cause4 by email via this link.

Download the Trustee Leadership Programme flyer


UK Theatre residential courses – autumn 2015

19th August 2015

Our partners UK Theatre have just a handful of places left for their renowned Essentials of Marketing and Effective Management in the Arts residential courses taking place this autumn:

  • Essentials of Marketing (19-24 October 2015) – suitable for those with between six months and two years’ experience in arts marketing, ideally working in a performing arts context.
  • Effective Management in the Arts (2-7 November 2015) – suitable for those who are new to management, current managers looking to develop their skills and managers who have had no formal management training in the past.

Meanwhile, UK Theatre members can save up to £125 when booking our Essential Fundraising Skills training courses between October 2015 and April 2016. Find out more and book online via this link.

Regional training calendars

Training Map

11th August 2015

To help you to find training near you, we have produced a set of regional training calendars for our Essential Fundraising Skills courses that are running across England between October 2015 and April 2016. There is also a clickable map with links to each course, as well as online booking. Find out more via this link.

Autumn training courses now on sale

Essential Fundraising Skills

10th August 2015

Our ‘Essential Fundraising Skills’ one-day training courses return in October 2015. There are five topics covered, and each course runs in four different locations across England. They are suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector:

Each course costs from just £70+VAT each – find out more and book online via this link.

Guidance published to help arts organisations tackle ethical & reputational challenges

5th August 2015

Following a conversation at a What Next? meeting about the difficult situations cultural organisations can find themselves in when an action sparks controversy – for example, the presentation of a divisive piece of work, or a contentious sponsorship deal – What Next? has produced some practical guidance. The guidance responds to contributions from organisations across the UK to a What Next? survey on the subject of ethical and reputational challenges and is intended to help leaders meet such challenges with a greater sense of confidence.