Programme News

Networking and Making the Ask – training in Bristol

Frances Tipper

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.

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – early bird discount extended!

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20th May 2016

The early bird discount for enrolment on the ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate has been extended until 29 July 2016.

Led by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Cause4, the first ever dedicated arts and culture Certificate in sponsorship ran very successfully in 2015. It now returns for a second year, from 2 September 2016 to 31 January 2017.

This unique qualification is for practitioners in the arts and cultural sectors who deal with commercial relationships, and provides comprehensive content aimed at educating, inspiring and re-invigorating those who have responsibility for securing commercial funding. Find out more and enrol online today via this link.


Training for senior fundraisers: Arts Professional article

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19th May 2016

How best can we serve the professional development needs of senior fundraisers? In the latest in our series of articles for Arts ProfessionalAmanda Rigali asked some development specialists what training they would like to receive.

“As the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme has worked to develop a training offer for arts fundraising professionals over the past three years, the focus on early stage careers via the fellowships has led some senior fundraisers to challenge us. What about supporting the ‘old talent’, they ask.”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

One-day fundraising training courses: June 2016

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16th May 2016

The final batch of one-day training courses in our current season take place in June 2016 in London and the South West of England.

Click on the title of each course for full details and online booking:

The cost is £95+VAT per person, and there are discounts available to our sector partners as well as for multi-course and group bookings.

National Summer School – bursaries available

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22nd April 2016

We are able to offer bursary support to up to three individuals to attend the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership in July 2016.

The successful bursary delegates will have 50% of the School fees paid for by the programme, leaving them to pay only the remaining 50% costs themselves. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016 at 5pm, and we intend to inform applicants of the outcome of their application by Friday 10 June 2016. Find out more and download the application form via this link.

Now, New & Next

Now, New & Next

19th April 2016

Now, New & Next is a new digital publication that aims to bring together some of the learning from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme. It seeks to establish what is happening now, what is new and innovative, and what is coming next in relation to arts and cultural fundraising. It is aimed at Trustees, leaders of arts and cultural organisations and fundraising practitioners and anyone else making decisions about where to invest valuable resources in fundraising.

The first issue of Now, New & Next is available to read online or to download as a PDF – click here for details.