About the National Arts Fundraising School

The National Arts Fundraising School was established in 1988 and is run by The Management Centre (=mc).

Over the last 30 years more than 1,800 arts and cultural organisations – representing local authorities, theatres, libraries, galleries, arts centres and museums – have benefited from the school.

Set in the beautiful East Sussex countryside, the school’s aim is to equip you with the skills needed to realise your own potential and the fundraising potential of your organisation. Over six intensive, challenging – and fun – days you’ll develop your understanding of the techniques, strategies and approaches used by the very best fundraisers.

Abdul Shayek, Youth of Creative Arts

Abdul Shayek,

YOCA (Youth of Creative Arts)



Dean’s Place Hotel
Seaford Road,
East Sussex, BN26 5TW.

See below for photos.

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11-16 November 2018



The price of the programmes is £1,950 plus VAT for 2018.

This includes tuition fees, five night’s accommodation, all meals and full documentation.


Money back guarantee

In return for your substantial investment, we believe you deserve training that is nothing short of excellent and that you have a right to expect tangible results when you implement what you have learnt. That's why we offer a unique guarantee: If, within 12 months of completing the programme you haven’t raised a sum equal to the fee, we’ll refund your fee in its entirety.
Bernard Ross Director

Bernard Ross

Director, National Arts Fundraising School

Terms & conditions for money back guarantee

We’ll refund the programme fee in full if the following criteria are met:

  • An additional cash amount equivalent to the course fee is not raised by the organisation that employs the attendee from new or existing sources within 12 months of attending the programme.

  • Audited accounts covering the 12 month period after the programme are produced to show that the fundraising income for that organisation has increased by less than the fee.
  • The individual attendee is still employed by the organisation that registered the place for the 12 months after the programme.

Please note, this guarantee does not apply to consultants or advisors attending the School who have no fundraising responsibilities for the organisation they are employed by.


Katie McCorkindale

Katie McCorkindale,

Development Manager at Royal Scottish Conservatoire (Katie was Development Officer at Scottish Youth Dance when she attended the School and this was filmed)

Getting help with funding your place

The National Arts Fundraising School is widely regarded within the sector as a sound investment, and each year many participants receive grants from external bodies to help fund their place.

These have included:

NEWS: we’re delighted to announce that the Arts Council of Wales are currently offering two bursaries for fundraisers in Wales to attend the November 2018 School (11th – 16th). If successful, your subsidised place will cost just £200 including VAT. For full details and to apply, visit the Arts Council of Wales NAFS bursary webpage.

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Please use the form below to order hard copy of the 2019 brochure, or click here to download a free pdf to print and keep or save a tree and read it online.

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2019 NAFS brochure

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Our next programme runs 7-12 April 2019

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

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