Programme News

Recruitment Opens for Professional Fundraising Fellowships

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25th January 2017

We have now opened recruitment for our new Professional Fellowships Programme.  Ten arts and cultural professionals in England will benefit from this exceptional CPD opportunity. The application deadline is Monday 13th March 2017.  For further information click here.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to be Extended to March 2018

14th December 2016

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy logoThe Arts Council England-funded Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, led by Consortium members Cause4, the Arts Marketing Association and The University of Leeds, will to continue until March 2018, with additional generous support from Arts Council England.   Read the Press Announcement here.

Special Edition of Now, New and Next

6th December 2016

Our latest publication of our free digital magazine is a special edition, focussing on the updated Private Investment in Culture Survey published by Arts Council England.  Michelle Wright has written a blog for Arts Council England discussing fundraising post-Referendum.

Issue 2 of Now, New and Next

6th October 2016

Issue 2 of our free digital publication Now, New and Next contains a range of articles on cultural fundraising written by industry professionals. These include Pamela Johnson’s ideas on using data to develop fundraising potential; Georgina Wadham’s overview of corporate sponsorship in the arts, and Sanpreet Janjua’s funny side of fundraising.

Organisations with Staying Power

12th September 2016

Michelle-Wright-headshotA positive internal culture is key to building resilience in arts organisations, says Michelle Wright. She shares her tips for creating one in her latest article for Arts Professional.

“We often forget the softer areas that are at the heart of creating great organisations – a commitment to vision and purpose, an ability to collaborate, the way we treat our people, and overall the culture we create. These are the hallmarks of the organisations with staying power.”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

Networking and Making the Ask – training in Bristol

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7th June 2016

Our final one-day training course of the current season takes place at Watershed in Bristol on Thursday 30 June 2016. If you find the whole concept of initiating and developing relationships with donors and funders daunting, Networking and Making the Ask with Frances Tipper is for you. In one day, you will learn how to:

  • create the right first impression
  • recognise how to identify and develop rapport with a potential donor or funder
  • manage different kinds of conversations, from finding out what interests them about your work, to asking them to support you
  • manage interpersonal, tactical and structural relationship challenges
  • feel confident and comfortable about making the ask

Cost: £95+VAT (discounts available) – find out more and book online via this link

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – FREE Introductory Session

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27th May 2016

If you’re interested in discovering more about the ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate you can join us for a FREE introductory session at Arts Council England in London on Wednesday 20 July 2016 from 4pm-5.30pm.

This introductory session will be facilitated by the Course Director, Peter Raymond and will give an overview of all aspects of the course including key timings, syllabus and expected deliverables. It will be a great opportunity to meet with other potential students, as well as be able to ask Peter any burning questions that you may have with regards to the course itself.

To register your interest, please email ESA via via this link.

Find out more about the ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate and enrol online today.


National Summer School update

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25th May 2016

We have just 8 places left on the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership, taking place from 17-22 July 2016 in Leeds.

Led by the University of Leeds in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, this week-long residential course offers a breadth of insight, ideas and skills in how to lead arts organisations, and achieve long-term fundraising success, in ever more challenging economic times.

We are also offering bursary support for 3 individuals to attend the Summer School in July 2016 – the successful bursary delegates will have 50% of the School fees paid for by the programme. The deadline for bursary applications is 31 May 2016, so don’t delay if you want to apply!

Find out more and download the application form via this link.