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Programme Leaders and Guest Speakers

The Programme Leaders

Bernard Ross

Bernard Ross is Director of The National Arts Fundraising School. For over 20 years, he has acted as a fundraising consultant to a wide range of bodies in the arts and cultural world, including the Scottish Opera and the Photographer’s Gallery. He regularly consults on fundraising projects for leading organisations such as UNICEF, NSPCC and Cancer Research UK. He is currently leading a major project to secure funding for arts and cultural agencies in the Arab world.

He is co-author of The Influential Fundraiser– listed as one of the top five non-profit books for 2009 by the New York Times Online. His latest book Global Fundraisingwas published in April 2013.

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David Burgess

David Burgess is a Partner Consultant at =mc. Before joining =mc David worked in fundraising for a range of UK arts organisations, including the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, English Touring Opera and Glyndebourne.

David specialises in legacies and developing indibvidual giving programmes. At =mc his recent customers range from Blackpool Museum to Babcock University in Nigeria, Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum (MEF) in Argentina to South Downs National Park Authority.

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Philly Graham

Philly Graham is Deputy Director on the school. She brings to the event significant fundraising experience, especially in commercial sponsorship and CSR gained while working at Alzheimer’s Society where she handled partnerships with major companies such as Tesco and Homebase.

Since joining =mc she’s worked with major charities like Macmillan and RNLI.

Philly delivers a number of programme modules  including corporate fundraising and legacies, and will provide small group coaching on asking and solicitation.

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The guest speakers

Every year we welcome outside speakers to the School in order to give you real insider knowledge into of a specific area.

For the 2016 Schools, we are delighted to welcome Howard Lake, CEO of UK Fundraising.

Howard Lake

Howard Lake is Director of Fundraising UK, a leading internet fundraising consultancy. After many years as a professional fundraiser for Oxfam GB and Amnesty International, Howard undertook pioneering research in the 1990s into the use of the internet. As a result he founded Fundraising UK, which helps charities in the UK and internationally use the web as a tool to enhance and extend their existing fundraising activities.

Howard is regarded as one of the leading UK experts on digital and online fundraising and has advised many major charities and agencies.

Howard will deliver two linked high-level sessions on:

  • The different social media techniques and their relative value
  • How to link marketing and fundraising in social media
  • Maximising returns on a small or tiny budget

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown is a freelance consultant providing European and international advisory and information services, especially regarding funding to enable arts & culture organisations to undertake trans-national projects. He is Director of EUCLID, founded in 1993, was Co-ordinator of the UK Cultural Contact Point from 1999-2009 and was Advisor to Visiting Arts, from 2010-2012.

Geoffrey provides a range of advice & guidance to applicants to EU funding programmes – including briefings & seminars, online materials & resources, and direct consultancy.

    Geoffrey’s session will cover:
  • The nature of European programmes
  • Which are relevant to UK cultural charities
  • How you can access funds

NAFS 2017 brochure

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“The School was fantastic – both an intense learning experience and thoroughly enjoyable. It’s really paid off too. We’ve raised £99,973 for our Young Artist Development Programme, and £99,602 for our touring festival programme”
Janine Irons,
Managing Director,
Tomorrow’s Warriors
“I found the School incredibly useful – it made me realise there are far more opportunities out there than I thought. We’re about to roll out our first individual giving campaign. I can’t wait to see the results!”
Alison Plumridge,
General Manager,
Mimbre Circus Theatre
“The School gave me a much more structured and systematic approach to fundraising and lots of practical tips.

It was a very well spent week indeed.”
Sasha Smirnova,
Projects and partnerships Manager,
British Council of Russia

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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