Funding awarded to help networks address issues of diversity and ethics in arts fundraising

Funding awarded to help networks address issues of diversity and ethics in arts fundraising

Nine networks in England have been successful in their application for up to £2,000 of funding to produce training, events and conferences for arts and fundraising professionals, addressing key issues in the sector.

The successful networks have been selected by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy against proposals that respond to five priority areas, including diversity in fundraising and how to ensure good ethical practice in fundraising.

In a recent article for Arts Professional, CEO of Cause4 and Programme Director for Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy, Michelle Wright said:

As our communities in the UK get more diverse, we need to work much harder to understand and engage them. In the 2011 census, 80.5% of people identified as white British and 19.5% as ethnic minorities. We cannot afford to exclude one fifth of the population. Our fundraising strategies also need to reflect differences in age, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, geography and source of wealth. 


Read the full article here.


Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy believes that collaboration is a powerful tool for stimulating innovation, sharing ideas, building knowledge and developing new funding. The Networks Funding programme offers financial support to help groups of cultural professionals grow and thrive.

Awarded twice-annually, the Networks Fund has supported over 50 fundraising training initiatives since 2015. To find out about the next round of Networks Funding, sign up to the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy email newsletter here.


The latest round of funding has been awarded to:


Association of British Orchestras

The Association of British Orchestras will deliver a Fundraising Managers Network day as part of their annual conference. This event will look at broadening diversity in the fundraising sector as well as building resilience.


Bristol Festivals

Bristol Festivals will deliver two sessions with a focus on fundraising, diversification and developing the next generation of fundraisers, as well as looking at what we can learn from other sectors and mainstream charities.


Hoxton Hall
The funding will support members of the local community in Hoxton to meet and shape Hoxton Hall’s community offer. Hoxton Hall will establish a new empowering model for community fundraising that puts local people at the heart of the offer.



This network will support the design of a series of inclusive panel events and workshops based around the fundraising needs of individual artists and musicians from non-classical music backgrounds.


BLACK* artists on the Move
The funding will support three fundraising action days in Derby, Bristol and online. The action days will support independent artists of Afrikan, Caribbean, Asian, South American and non-European descent.


Hip Hop Producer Collective 

This network will run an event to equip the current and next generation of producers, working within Hip Hop dance theatre, with the resources and thinking needed to strategise about fundraising.


New Art Exchange

The funding will support a one-day symposium aimed at arts professionals and creatives working across photography and film, music recording and production, graphic design, print and illustration, product design, craft, creative writing and visual and performing arts in the D2N2 area of the East Midlands. 


Share Museums East 

The purpose of this project is to set up and deliver digital fundraising networks for smaller museums in the East of England, specifically in Suffolk and Hertfordshire.


South West Museum Development Programme

SWMD will run a Hack Day, called “Hacking through the ethics of fundraising”, to encourage debate and discussion between museums in the West of England on ethical issues.