Programme News

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

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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.

Arts Professional article – Ready for Change

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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

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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.

Essential Fundraising Skills training courses – book now

Essential Fundraising Skills

22nd September 2015

Demand is already high for our ‘Essential Fundraising Skills’ one-day training courses taking place across England between October 2015 and April 2016. Each of the five courses runs in four different locations across England, and they are suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector.

Each course costs from just £70+VAT each – find out more and book online via this link.

Online Workshops – full details confirmed

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21st September 2015

Full details have been been confirmed of the four Online Workshops taking place between October 2015 and March 2016, delivered by the Arts Marketing Association as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme:

  • Demystifying crowdfunding – Thursday 15 October 2015
  • Arts disaster appeals – Tuesday 15 December 2015
  • Fundraising for touring companies – Tuesday 19 January 2016
  • Acquisition, cultivation and stewardship – Thursday 17 March 2016

Each workshop runs from 10.30am-12.30pm and costs £45+VAT. Find out more and book online via this link.

ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate: enrolment deadline

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15th September 2015

Don’t miss out on your chance to sign up for the first-ever dedicated arts and culture certificate in sponsorship – The ESA Arts Sponsorship Certificate – which has been launched by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and Cause4.

This new course will enhance knowledge of how sponsorship works and will assist the arts sector in generating funds from the commercial sector in this much changed environment for corporate sponsorship. It is aimed primarily at arts sponsorship and fundraising professionals, arts and culture practitioners and those fundraisers with aspirations to work in the arts.

Case studies in Module One include BP and the arts, The Orange Prize for Fiction, The Science Museum, The Edinburgh International Festival, The Hay Festival, The Theakstone’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, The National Theatre & Travelex, The Unilever Series, AEG Europe & The O2.

The deadline for enrolment has been extended to Thursday 24 September at 12pm – find out more via this link.