transform your fundraising potential

the UK’s only residential arts & culture fundraising training programme.

Our next available programme runs from 9th - 14th November 2014

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Price = £1785 + VAT. We even have a money- back guarantee! Click here to find out more.

Our March 2014 programme is now fully booked. Please Click here to book for November.

We’ve held our prices for the 4th year running

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,
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.


The best people

The School is led by Bernard Ross – a leading national and international fundraising consultant who has designed fundraising programmes to raise sums from £5K to $50B. He will be assisted by several senior =mc colleagues including Jules Bellingham, Cathy Anderson and Philly Graham working on different aspects of the programme. Finally there are guest speakers sharing insights on issues as diverse as online 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.

Michelle Carwadine-Palmer,
Administration & Development Director,
National Theatre Wales
Kevin Walsh,
Buildings Facilities Manager,
Graeae Theatre Company
Gemma Rooke,
Business Development & Fundraising Assistant,
Harris Museum & Art Gallery

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Our next programme runs from 9th - 14th November 2014

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Price = £1785 + VAT. We even have a money- back guarantee! Click here to find out more.

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Photo credits: Scottish Opera, The marraige of Figaro 2010 - photographer Mark Hamilton. Future Warriors photo by Benjamin Amure © 2012.Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Theatre, photographer Paul Ross
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