Programme News

Fundraising training courses April-June 2016 on sale now

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2nd March 2016

Between April and June 2016 we have expanded our range of one-day fundraising training courses, suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector.

We have further dates confirmed for our five existing Essential Fundraising Skills one-day training courses, as well as the introduction of two new courses: Arts Fundraising: the fundamentals with Amanda Rigali and Making Friends in fundraising with Sarah Gee.

Our locations include Exeter, Leeds and Nottingham as well as our usual training hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Find out more and book online via this link.

The Musician as Fundraiser

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26th February 2016

Last year, the Association of British Orchestras – in association with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and the MU – announced a brand new training course for musicians, focusing on their potential role as fundraisers. A training day has now been scheduled for Wednesday 6 April 2016.

This course will be delivered in London by Sarah Gee, covering a range of fundraising techniques and sources of support, and will leave participants with greater background knowledge and confidence to approach organisations or individuals for support, either solo or working alongside fundraising colleagues in orchestras. The content has been developed following a survey of ABO members and musicians in 2014, and will include video case studies and a training manual. Find out more via this link.

Theatre Charities – Out and Proud

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22nd February 2016

Amanda RigaliAmanda Rigali, Head of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, has written an article for UK Theatre, sharing her thoughts on the barriers that theatre charities face when growing their fundraising and the first steps to overcome these.

You can download the article here.

Twitter Q&A with Frances Tipper

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15th February 2016

We are holding a Twitter Q&A with our trainer Frances Tipper on Wednesday 24 February 2016 from 12.30pm-1.45pm. Frances will be answering your questions on developing relationships with donors and funders ahead of her training course Networking and Making the Ask in Birmingham on 9 March 2016 and in Manchester on 5 April 2016.

Join the online conversation using hashtag #AskAFP – click here to visit our Twitter page

Network funding – February 2016


9th February 2016

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy actively encourages and supports networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector, and we have set funds aside to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising networking events.

Following a popular funding round in August 2015, we held a second round in February 2016, receiving 23 proposals and funding a further 10 Networks across England. These include an event in Brighton to support disabled artists to work in the arts and gain access to funding; a conference event for arts organisations near Sheffield; support for The Fundraising for Circus group; The Market Place based in Forest Heath & Fenland and the Midlands Arts Fundraising Forum. Find out about all 10 Networks via this link.


NewProfessionals career guide: arts fundraising

Amanda Rigali

2nd February 2016

NewProfessionals is a brand new service from Arts Professional for those just beginning their career in the arts. In her career guide to arts fundraising, Amanda Rigali (Head of Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy) reveals why it’s never been a better time to enter the field.

I didn’t really find fundraising, fundraising found me. Having worked as a senior manager in arts organisations, then as a Director at Arts Council England, I could see how important it was to get involved with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme, both for the wider arts and cultural sector and for me personally. The programme offers fantastic opportunities for arts and cultural professionals to develop relationships and secure new funds. Managing this Programme has given me invaluable opportunities to learn and share fundraising knowledge across the breadth of the sector…”

Read the full article on the NewProfessionals website

Essential Fundraising Skills – training course updates

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27th January 2016

There are just 8 Essential Fundraising Skills training course still to run between February and April 2016. Our next course, ‘Using and Managing Data in Fundraising’ in London on 10 February, is very nearly full. This is followed by ‘Planning a Fundraising Strategy’ in Manchester on 16 February and ‘Practical Digital Fundraising’ in Bristol on 18 February. Spaces are still available for both – book now via this link.

Further courses are running in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester up until 14 April 2016, and early booking is recommended. Find out more and book online via this link.

AMA conference 2016 – subsidised places for fundraisers

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22nd January 2016

AMA Conference 2016 — On a Mission to Matter – takes place in Edinburgh from 12-14 July 2016, bringing together expert speakers who are addressing the challenge of developing individual connections with hundreds, thousands or millions of individuals and building authentic relationships with them. People have the power to choose who they want to engage with and how they want to make connections. They can choose to unfollow, to block ads, to ignore you. The options are endless. This is where the real challenge lies.

Once again this year’s AMA conference will include a programme strand with a particular focus on arts fundraising and development (a part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme). As an arts fundraiser you can also apply for a highly discounted conference place at only £200 +VAT. Find out more and book online via this link.