The only fundraising programme to offer 6 days intensive training, 365 days of support & 4 webinars and alumni meet ups – all for the cost of a coffee and cake a day
Next available programme:
10 - 15 November 2019
2019 price: £2149 + VAT.
We even have a money-back guarantee!

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 1,800 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.

In recent years we’ve seen 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 30 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.

"I advise everyone I know in development to either go on or send a colleague on the National Arts Fundraising School – and at differing levels. I gained a wealth of transferable skills and networking opportunities which I’ve since used to strategise and steer colleagues and the team to raise over £3million."
Katie Milton Ovalhouse

Katie Milton,

Development Direct, Ovalhouse

“Less than 6 weeks after attending we successfully won a £20K grant – thanks in no small part to the learning gained on NAFS. Proof that the programme genuinely works!”

Ali King,

Chief Executive, Turtle Key Arts

"The School suited my needs very well in enabling me to absorb myself in the topics covered and not be distracted by work or home, which was of huge benefit. I understand now why the Arts Council were happy to fund my place – it was very well devised given the enormity of the topic and with an excellent and engaging pace I'd say it was essential to anyone who wants to survive in the arts!”
Hannah Mason

Hannah Mason,

Change Maker Associate, The Art House

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 and Jules Bellingham.

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

Ian Tabbron Arts Council England

Ian Tabbron,

Senior Relationship Manager,
Arts Council England

Sarah Mitchell, Tate

Sarah Mitchell,

Development Manager,


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2019 NAFS brochure

Our next programme runs 10 - 15 November 2019

2019 price: £2149 + VAT.
We even have a money-back guarantee!