Programme News

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.

National Summer School timetable published

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15th April 2016

The timetable for the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership 2016 has been published and is available to download via this link. It outlines the plan for the week, running from Sunday 17 July to Friday 22 July 2016 in Leeds, and gives a good flavour of the content.

Please note this timetable is subject to change / further revisions, and we will update the PDF as necessary. Click here for full details of the Summer School and how to book your place online.

Simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefit rules consultation

Gift Aid consultation

7th April 2016

At Autumn Statement 2014, the government announced a review of the Gift Aid donor benefits rules, to consider whether the existing rules could be simplified. This document has been informed by discussions with a range of stakeholders and, particularly, the responses to the government’s call for evidence, which ran between July and October 2015. This consultation document invites respondents to submit their views on a number of options, and asks whether they represent a welcome simplification of the existing donor benefits rules. The deadline for responses is 12 May 2016.

Find out more and download the consultation document via this link.

Network funding – apply by 3 May 2016

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31st March 2016

We know that there are lots of fundraising groups and networks in place in the cultural sector, linking people through geography or sector area. We also know that networks can be fragile, dependent on one or two individuals, and subject to members having the time and money to attend meetings.

We want to support groups or networks to arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting. To do this, we set aside some funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events.

So far we have supported 20 cultural fundraising networks across England. The next deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 May 2016, and activity will need to take place by the end of September 2016. Find out how to apply via this link.