Blogs

How to convince your boss you should attend the National Arts Fundraising School

So you’ve decided you want to come to the National Arts Fundraising School. Coming on the School is possibly the most expensive investment you/your organisation could make. So you might experience some resistance from senior managers or volunteer Board members in your organisation. Below we list some of the possible reasons you could offer to […]

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What will I get from the National Arts Fundraising School?

So you’re interested in coming on the National Arts Fundraising School and joining our elite Alumni of arts fundraisers at the top of their game… fantastic, we’d love to see you there. But just in case you need further convincing, here are 10 things you’ll personally get from the School. Six days of intense learning […]

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The five common questions about the National Arts Fundraising School

Maybe the challenges you face are more regarding your own questions about the National Arts Fundraising School. Below we tackle some of the common ones. Do call or email us if you have other questions, we’re always happy to help you decide whether it’s the course for you. 1. Will I be the youngest / […]

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Five reasons not to come to the National Arts Fundraising School

Before you try to persuade someone to support your attendance at the School ask yourself five key questions. If you can answer ‘yes’ to most of these then you won’t benefit. If you answer ‘no’, then you definitely should come. And if you’re not sure, call us to have a conversation – we’re happy to […]

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Lucy McNally

Alumna interview: Lucy McNally shares her story – NAFS and beyond

Lucy McNally attended the National Arts Fundraising School in 2016, three years after joining LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) as Development Manager (Individual Giving). We caught up with her to find out what impact the School had, and how she’s getting on in her new role (and sector) as High Value Partnership […]

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Suzanne McLellan

Fundraising in the arts might feel like an uphill battle… but to challenge is to change

One of our newest Alumni, Suzanne McLellan, Marketing and Audience Development Manager at The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr describes her experience on the School: On April 15 2018 I swapped my Scottish seaside stomping ground and native Glasgow for the English countryside for six intensive days of training at the National Arts Fundraising School. How did […]

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Lucy Blythe

Alumna interview: Lucy Blythe’s story – over 25 years of fundraising

Lucy Blythe is one of the outstanding fundraisers of her generation – having held the most senior roles at a number of leading arts and cultural agencies including the RSA, The Victoria And Albert Museum and Kew Gardens. Across these agencies she has led a number of successful high-profile campaigns and projects. She is currently […]

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Rachel Cockett

Perfect timing – Rachel Cockett, Director of Development, Birmingham Museums Trust

Shortly after she took up her first fundraising role at Birmingham Museums Trust, a promotional leaflet falling out of a magazine led Rachel Cockett to the National Arts Fundraising School at the exactly the right time. Find out how it gave her the skills and confidence to take the Trust to a whole new level […]

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Marina Jones, Royal Opera House

Getting to the top – Marina Jones, Royal Opera House

This blog celebrates the journey of one of the UK’s most successful arts fundraisers – Marina Jones, Head of Trusts & Foundations at Royal Opera House. Read on to discover what she gained from the National Arts Fundraising School, and how it helped her achieve her fundraising goals.  

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Colin McKenzie, Director, House of Illustration

It began at the Barbican… my 29 year NAFS adventure

When the National Arts Fundraising School (NAFS) opened it’s doors in 1988, Colin McKenzie was one of the first participants. Read about his fundraising journey since then and find out why he’s still benefitting from the programme, nearly 30 years after attending.  

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Fiona Mason

19 years post-NAFS and the learning is still having an impact

In this guest blog, National Arts Fundraising School alumna Fiona Mason, now a freelance writer, arts consultant and Development Manager for Pacitti Company, shares her story since attending the School.   It’s a bright, crisp November day in 1998 when I arrive at the country house hotel outside Bath, Gloucestershire, for the National Arts Fundraising […]

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Creating the fundraising ninjas at Northern Broadsides

In this blog, Kay Packwood, Creative Projects Development Manager at Northern Broadsides shares her experience on the National Arts Fundraising School in 2017. Right – Kay Packwood at NAFS 2017 Working for a company that has a small core of four full time staff means that we all wear many different hats.  So, when the issue of […]

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Cinema-For-All

A journey through film and fundraising

This guest blog is written by National Arts Fundraising School Alumna Deborah Parker, Chief Executive Officer at Cinema For All. We caught up with Deborah at a recent Alumni event and asked her to share her story since attending the School seven years ago: In 2009 I was working for one of the old Regional Screen Agencies in Manchester […]

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Alumna Blog: Zarko Koneski

In this blog, Zarko Koneski, Projects and Communications Coordinator, British Council Macedonia, shares his thoughts on The National Arts Fundraising School 2014.

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Georgina Brown

Alumna Blog: Georgina Brown

In this blog, Georgina Brown, Arts Fundraising Fellow with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, shares her thoughts on The National Arts Fundraising School 2014.

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Alumna Blog: Hannah Kirkham

In this blog, Hannah Kirkham, Project Manager for Locus+ shares her experience on The National Arts Fundraising School 2014. Locus+ is a visual arts commissioning agency that works with artists on the production and presentation of socially engaged, collaborative and temporary projects, primarily for non-gallery locations.

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Bill Vince

Alumna Blog: Bill Vince

As money gets tighter, arts funders are increasingly having to act as fundraising advisers – helping their client organisations to secure their income from a more diverse range of sources.Below is a blog from Bill Vince, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England who came on the National Arts Fundraising School in April 2014.

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