transform your fundraising potential

the UK’s only arts & culture fundraising training programme that guarantees success.

Next available programme: 12-17 November 2017

Price for 2017: £1950 + VAT.
We even have a money-back guarantee!

Is the School right for you?


18 July 2017

Photo © Anatoleya 2017

2017 Emcees winners

Dana Segal
blogs live
from The School

2-7 April 2017

Should you come?

FAQs, reasons to come,
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what you’ll get and
what your organisation will get

2017 dates now available

We guarantee fundraising success!

The National Arts Fundraising School is the UK’s most intensive fundraising training programme exclusively for the arts and cultural sector – and the only one that guarantees success. More than 1,300 museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and dance companies have benefited from the School. So far the learning they’ve gained has helped them raise over £350M.

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 28 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, European funding 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,
Executive Director,
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,
General Manager,
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,
General Manager,
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.


Experienced high level programme leaders

The School is led by Bernard Ross – Europe’s leading fundraising consultant, who’s designed fundraising programmes to raise sums
from £5K to $50B. He’ll be assisted by his colleagues Dana Segal, Philly Graham, Jules Bellingham, David Burgess and Laurence Brady. Finally, there are guest speakers
sharing insights on issues as diverse as legacy giving, research techniques and European funds.


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.


Money-back guarantee

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.

Participant views

Zarko Koneski Zarko Koneski,
Projects & Communications Coordinator ,
British Council Macedonia
Beth Bate Beth Bate,
Director ,
Great North Run Culture

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Our next programme runs 12-17 November 2017

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Price for 2017: £1950 + VAT. We even have a money-back guarantee!

How else can we help?

Did you know =mc also offers a range of one-, two- and three-day training programmes on other topics?

The courses cover everything from Management and Leadership to Project Management, Influencing & Negotiating to Strategy, Presentation Skills to Managing Multiple Priorities – all skills that you’re likely to need as a fundraising professional.

The programmes are available as in-house training, which means our trainers come to you at a time and place that’s most convenient.

To find out more, visit the Learning & Development webpages on the Management Centre website, or call 020 7978 1516 to discuss your development needs with a specialist.

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