Free E-learning Courses

Thanks to investment from Arts Council England, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is pleased to bring you free access to the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of online fundraising training for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the arts, cultural and heritage sector.

Cause4 Advance‘s short, on-the-go learning courses bring you the latest thinking about arts fundraising on the most relevant topics today, whilst the University of Leeds‘ two week ‘Effective Fundraising and Leadership in the Arts’ course takes a more in-depth approach. Our latest e-learning courses will be available from Autumn 2018.

To access our Cause4 Advance e-courses, please sign up and register here: where you will get a notification once courses are open for enrolment.

Cause4 Advance

These short courses are perfect for learning on-the-go and offer the latest insights on the hottest topics in your sector. You will hear from leading experts in fundraising and philanthropy, and can participate in forums with your peers about the issues you’re most interested in. Access to all content is completely FREE for the duration of the course and new courses will be added throughout the year.

Access courses on the go

Download the app and access your courses wherever you are. Sync videos to your device and watch offline, at a time that suits you. Available for iOS and Android. Download from the App Store or Google Play.

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Asking People for Money

This two hour course guides you through asking individuals for gifts and is aimed at anyone who engages in fundraising such as artists, leaders, managers, Trustees and volunteers. It provides an introduction to individual giving, covers the basics of setting a strategy, cultivating relationships, communicating with supporters, and managing donation schemes and events.

Trustee Leadership in Fundraising

This 1.5 hour course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable Trustee in supporting fundraising. It covers the key responsibilities of Trustees in fundraising, the regulations around fundraising, and how you might help build relationships with donors and funders to boost your organisation’s income generation.

Ethics in Fundraising

This 1.5 hour course is designed to give Trustees, CEOs and Senior Fundraisers guidance as to how to approach issues in relation to ethics in fundraising. It will support participants with guidance about how to implement a practical ethical fundraising strategy that protects artistic and organisational integrity, and navigates issues in relation to reputational risk.

We also have micro-learning modules which offer snippets of top-up information in Why Individual Giving, Trustees Leading Fundraising and Ethical Fundraising.


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Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture

Learn how to make your organisation thrive with the University of Leeds two week ‘Effective Fundraising and Leadership in Arts and Culture’ online course.

As the funding landscape is changing rapidly, arts, culture and heritage organisations are finding it increasingly challenging to raise funds. This free online course has been created to help organisations develop the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in today’s climate. You will learn about the importance of developing organisational resilience through effective leadership and management, and how to diversify income streams.

This course is designed for a whole range of learners, so whether you’re a leader working for a national organisation, a fundraiser in a small organisation, or a trustee trying to get more actively involved in supporting fundraising activity, this course will have something for you. Register here.