Arts Fundraising and Leadership Intensive

Arts Fundraising and Leadership Intensive

The Arts Fundraising and Leadership Intensive is an executive programme led by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds, as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme. Available as a professional development opportunity in its own right, it is also the first step towards one of the few academically accredited fundraising leadership courses in the UK.


This course focuses on arts fundraising leadership, and is essential for sector leaders at this critical time for arts and culture as we seek to rebuild income generation strategies post-Covid-19. The programme explores topics such as, how to manage change; how to build resilience; and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity to deliver results. It is led by academics, senior practitioners and consultants from the sector.

The programme also offers vital time out for reflection – a rare chance for delegates to step back from day-to-day pressures of working life, share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and actively engage in new thinking and strategic planning to support recovery from the impacts the sector is facing right now.


"The course has been exceptional in quality, with a high standard of theory presented in a variety of teaching styles. My aim was to learn and consolidate previous knowledge and this has been met and will feed into the future academic and professional practice."

- 2017 delegate


In 2021 the Intensive will run as online sessions over the weekend of 5th-6th June, with a follow-up Thought Leadership event in Leeds in the autumn at which you will meet academic staff and other attendees. Please note, the in-person training is subject to Covid-19 guidance. If we are unable to deliver the residential in Leeds it will revert to being delivered online.


If the price is a barrier to you attending the Arts Fundraising & Leadership Intensive a number of bursary places are available. The University of Leeds will be offering the bursary places dependent on need and the sector impact your attendance at the intensive will have.


To apply for a bursary you need to fill in this short expression of interest form by the 23rd May. The University will then be in touch with the awards.


After completing the Intensive, there is an opportunity to build on this as part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy PGCert with the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. You can find out more about this opportunity on their website.


Standard access information:

  • Slides will be made available before the session for you to familiarise yourself with them if you like. We can provide these in the colour combination/font size that is most readable for you, please request this on booking. Please let us know when booking if it would be helpful for slides to be screen reader accessible.
  • All slides will be read in full as well as being shown on screen. Any pictures or diagrams will be fully described. Videos will be described before and after being played.
  • There may be some short tasks which require unprepared writing. There is not any pressure to feedback. The tasks will be included on the slides for you to complete in your own time.
  • We may use a virtual whiteboard and encourage participants to write their ideas. The ideas on the virtual whiteboard will be shared verbally with the group.
  • At some points you may be asked to contribute in smaller breakout rooms with other participants. At the end of these, one participant may be asked to feedback to the full group. 
  • We encourage participants to keep their cameras on so that the speaker can engage with the full group. If you would be more comfortable doing so you can keep your camera off.
  • There will be one short organised break at approximately half way through the session. You can turn your camera off or take a break at any point outside this.


We are happy to arrange live captioning or anything else that you think might improve your experience and help you get the most out of the training. 

It is planned that the second part of this training will take place in real life in Leeds. We will make this experience as accessible as possible, and will make arrangements in conversation with the participants.