We guarantee fundraising success!
The National Arts Fundraising School is the UK’s only residential fundraising training programme designed exclusively for the arts and cultural sector. More than 1,200 museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and dance companies have benefited from the School. So far the learning they’ve gained has helped them raise over £200M.
Last year we saw some of the harshest ever cuts to the arts. To survive and thrive, you must be able to tap into the whole range of sources that are available. You need to know where to look and you need to know how to ask. That’s what the National Arts Fundraising School is designed to help you with.
For over 25 years former participants have shown that the resulting skills and know-how we share work.
Over six intensive, challenging days you’ll increase your knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, online engagement, individual giving, corporate sponsorship and legacies.
Whether you’re experienced, or new to fundraising, you’ll get new ideas, invigorate familiar approaches and tap into fundraising opportunities you’d never have considered before. You’ll also develop skills in powerful communication with donors. Above all you’ll build a rigorous, resilient fundraising strategy.
“During the current climate of funding cuts, we're delighted our theatre has been awarded over £1.45 million. The proof is in the money!”David Martin,
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
“The six days offered really practical advice. Since finishing, I've secured nearly £130,000 a year over three years as well as additional money totalling £90,000”Emma Forster,
Mimbre Circus Theatre
“I now recommend the School to everyone I meet. It's the only course I've attended where I've been completely confident to put what I've learnt into practice as soon as I returned to the office.”Tamsin Thomas,
Dance in Devon
five things you won’t get anywhere else
Enjoyable, memorable, intensive learning
Every session is carefully designed to stay with you long after the School. We use a mixture of expert presentations, group exercises and activities, coaching, case studies, online research opportunities, and time to read and reflect. The range of approaches guarantees you learn and retain a huge amount in a relatively short period of time.
The best people
The School is led by Bernard Ross and Julia Bellingham – top fundraising consultants with over 40 years experience between them, in both UK and international arts fundraising. There are guest speakers from other organisations sharing insights on issues as diverse as online giving and research. And you’ll have the chance to share knowledge and experience with your fellow participants.
Putting theory into practice
The School’s approach is deeply practical. We’ll show you how the models and approaches are relevant to your organisation and how to best use them to overcome challenges and build on opportunities. Building your strategy and portfolio as you go along, you leave the School with a well-developed action plan to put into place on your return to work.
Outstanding back-up resources
We reinforce the programme content to help you consolidate your learning in the weeks, months, and even years to come. A key learning element is a comprehensive 350-page workbook and a range of online resources. During the School you have access to our extensive fundraising reference library – including online databases of major fundgivers.
We’re so confident that what you learn will bring tangible results that we offer you a unique money-back guarantee. If you don’t raise a sum at least equal to the School fee within 12 months of completing the programme, we’ll refund the fee.
All of it. Guaranteed.
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