Arts Fundraising & Philnthropy new Professional Fundraising Fellows

From: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Six years since the launch of its Professional Fellowship Programme, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy today announce a new cohort of 10 fellows for 2019, made possible thanks to ongoing funding from Arts Council England. Since its launch, the programme has successfully supported 65 arts professionals to become confident, skilled and entrepreneurial fundraisers.

The programme was originally set up as a response to the sector-wide skill gaps in fundraising and development, evidenced by the demand for basic fundraising courses and has since grown from a graduate programme to one for mid-career professionals. With a thriving alumni network, the course has helped raise over £2 million worth of new income for organisations as well as tangibly influencing the ways that organisations fundraise.

The initiative forms part of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s wider mission to embed fundraising skills within all levels and job roles in arts organisations with the aim of building sector-wide resilience and sustainability. This is reflected in the range of roles and responsibilities held by this year’s intake who hold a variety of posts in senior management, programming, events and development nationwide.

As part of the fellowship, participants will benefit from a flexible 12-month training programme that fits round their current employment. Receiving expert one-to-one mentorship, and access to a range of resources and networks to support their learning, each will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy accredited by the University of Leeds upon successful completion of the programme.

Their employers will have the benefit of having a member of staff that will feedback the latest fundraising learning, plus each organisation will also receive access to online training resources for all their staff, and a training bursary for their organisation towards their team attending any Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy one-day training courses.