Programme News

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

ACE logo

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

Fellows Yearbook

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

Paul Amadi

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

Training brochure - square

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.

Arts Professional article – Ready for Change

Arts Professional logo - square

24th September 2015

The latest in our series of articles for Arts Professional has been published today, written by Dr Ben Walmsley. Arts fundraising is in an exciting state of flux and Ben Walmsley is confident that the next generation will be steering cultural change in the sector.

“This August, the University of Leeds hosted the second national summer school for Arts Fundraising and Leadership. One of its stated objectives is to maximise learning through ‘thought leadership’, and this is where the summer school comes into play. As Director of the summer school (and of the corresponding Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy accredited by the University of Leeds), I enjoy the privilege of curating the content of this intensive week of executive sharing and learning…”

Read the full article on the Arts Professional website

Trustee Leadership training – new date added

Trustee Leadership icon

23rd September 2015

An additional date for our popular Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy training course has been added. It will take place at the People’s History Museum in Manchester on Thursday 25 February 2016 – click here for details and online booking.

Led by Matthew Bowcock, this half-day course offers practical guidance and tips on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy as important tools within your organisation’s fundraising and income generation strategy. The course also runs in London on Tuesday 27 October 2015 – click here for details and online booking.