Programme News

Applications open for Regional Co-ordinators

Groups & Networks

15th August 2017

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are seeking to point a further five Regional Coordinators, who can individually contribute ideas, expertise and act as an important network to inform future programme developments.

The AFP Programme team currently works with a small group of enthusiastic, knowledgeable fundraising practitioners based across England, who offer support, advice and access to networks to help shape and develop our delivery. We have ambitions to broaden the diversity and geographic reach of this group.

The Coordinator role is voluntary, with expenses paid for attendance at meetings and at events, (delegate fees for attending certain training events are also covered, at all stages we want the Regional Coordinator role to enhance individual learning and development). Individuals will not be expected to give significant time in undertaking this role but will be asked to act as advocates for the AFP programme.

For further information please read the role outline here.  Regional-Coordinator-Role.pdf

To submit your interest, please contact  Deadline: 10th November 2017

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – FREE Introductory Taster Session

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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.

Autumn Network Funding Now Open

Groups & Networks

20th July 2017

We are pleased to announce that our next call out for funding Network projects is now open until 29 September 2017. If you are interested in applying, please read our submission criteria here  Autumn Networks Proposal 2017

Would you make a good Mentor? 

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16th July 2017

We are currently recruiting ten senior cultural leaders to act as informal mentors to our 2017 Professional Fellowship cohort. The 10 Professional Fellows have all been offered the opportunity to be matched with an appropriate mentor from October 2017 – March 2018. This is an informal commitment on behalf of the mentor but would involve the following:

  • Listen, discuss and show interest in the Fellow’s work and learning experiences
  • Offer support, but also challenge the Fellow where appropriate, to reflect on things that haven’t gone as planned, providing practical advice if required
  • Encourage Fellows to reflect on what they have learned, offering insight based on Mentor’s own experiences
  • Introduction or referral of Fellow to useful contacts and/or Mentor networks as appropriate

For more information and how to apply, please download  Professional Fellowship Mentor Brief

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.”

For full details, please read our press release here  AFP-NPO-Announcement.pdf

Shared Ambition – Participating Organisations Announced

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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

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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

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.