Programme News

Catalyst: Evolve workshops – update

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27th October 2015

The Catalyst: Evolve workshops being run by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy in November and December 2015 are booking very quickly. The London workshops on 10 November and 23 November are already fully subscribed, with just a handful of places left for the workshops in Manchester on 3 December and in London on 8 December.

Early booking is highly recommended to make sure you don’t miss out. Find out more and book your free place via this link.

Year 3 Fellowships Launch Event – Audio and Yearbook

26th October 2015

The launch of the third Arts Fundraising Fellowships took place at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds, in October 2015, attended by current and alumni Fellows, Host organisations, fundraisers and many others.

We were delighted to be joined by guest speakers who talked about “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I First Went into Arts Fundraising”. Panellists included:

  • Clare Titley, Director of Philanthropy & South West, Arts Council England
  • Rory Wardroper, Fundraising Consultant, Opera North
  • Jane Marriott, Deputy Director, Hepworth Gallery Wakefield
  • Georgina Brown, Development Manager, National Centre for Circus Arts

Have a listen to what they had to say and read about all 55 Fellows below…

Seagulls and carpet slippers – What are Trustees For?

23rd October 2015

Matthew Bowcock, CBE, is currently a National Council Member of Arts Council England and a trustee of Watts Gallery and a number of other charities. Matthew Bowcock was Chair of UK Community Foundations, a national organisation that coordinates over 48 independent foundations, each with their own board.

In this article he reflects on the role of boards and trustees.

Catalyst: Evolve workshops

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22nd October 2015

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is running a series of facilitated workshops across England in Autumn 2015 to support people who are interested in applying to Catalyst: Evolve, Arts Council England’s new strategic funding programme, either as an individual organisation or as part of a consortium.

The sessions will be facilitated by Amanda Rigali, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Head of Programme. Participants will be joined by an Arts Council England Senior Manager with responsibility for Philanthropy in their Area, and a guest speaker from an arts organisation which benefitted from the previous Catalyst programme.

Find out more and book your free place via this link.

Arts Fundraising Fellows Yearbook

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14th October 2015

On Tuesday 13 October 2015 we held a launch event for the Year 3 Arts Fundraising Fellowships in Leeds, and we will shortly be publishing a set of podcasts from the presentations and panel discussion that took place.

In the meantime, check out the Arts Fundraising Fellows Yearbook via this link that celebrates the achievements of the first two cohorts (2013/14 and 2014/15) and profiles the 25 new Fellows for 2015/16.

Attracting a diverse workforce

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9th October 2015

Michelle Wright, Programme Director for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and CEO of Cause4, recently interviewed Paul Amadi – a charity fundraising expert and one of the founders of the Black Fundraisers’ Network at the Institute of Fundraising – for The Huffington Post.

The resulting article – Attracting a diverse workforce – what do we need to consider in arts fundraising? – sees Michelle and Paul exploring some of the key issues and ideas. “Like the rest of the charitable sector, the arts is struggling to reflect the UK’s broader diversity. Arts Council England (ACE) estimates that just 9% of permanent staff in its National Portfolio Organisations and major museums are from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. But in our fundraising teams, it seems that attracting a diverse workforce might be even more challenging.

Read Michelle’s full interview with Paul Amadi on The Huffington Post website

Autumn training under way

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7th October 2015

Our autumn training is now under way. Many thanks to the 40+ people who have attended our first two courses in Birmingham and London over the last couple of days.

Later this month we have Using and Managing Data in Fundraising with Leo Sharrock in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 21 October. The course costs £95+VAT and there are sector partner and multi-course discounts available if you book for other courses in the ‘Essential Fundraising Skills’ series. Full details and online booking via this link.

This is followed by a half-day Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy with Matthew Bowcock in London on Tuesday 27 October. The course costs £75+VAT and if you book 3 places, you get 1 free! Full details and online booking via this link.

Essential Fundraising Skills – autumn training starts next week

Essential Fundraising Skills

29th September 2015

The first of our Essential Fundraising Skills autumn training courses takes place in Birmingham next week.

Planning a Fundraising Strategy with Ruth Jarratt will enable you to understand the different methods of fundraising, and will give you a step-by-step process to follow, and a framework you can adapt for your own organisation. The course runs on Tuesday 6 October from 11am-5pm and costs £95+VAT.

There are sector partner and multi-course discounts available if you book for other courses in the ‘Essential Fundraising Skills’ series. Full details and online booking via this link.