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Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is currently seeking its next cohort of Senior Fundraising Fellows.

Applications close at 12.00pm (noon) on Monday 3 June 2024.

The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme has been delivering the Fellowship for ten years, and has offered support, mentoring and training to an alumni of 114 fundraising practitioners in the cultural sector. Thanks to ongoing funding from Arts Council England, for 2024, a further ten senior Professional Fundraising Fellows will be recruited from across England.

Over the course of the Programme, Fundraising Fellows will:

Develop high-level fundraising and enterprise insight 
Fellows will take part in the Arts Fundraising & Leadership Intensive residential event delivered by the University of Leeds in September 2024 and in subsequent online seminars and tutorials as part of a hybrid Post-Graduate programme. There will also be face to face residentials led by Cause4 in December 2024 and April 2025 with a focus on fundraising and income generation. Sessions will offer a mixed model of training, covering practically applied knowledge and academic theory.

Exchange ideas and experience, upskilling their knowledge 
The year will be enhanced by a series of breakfast webinars, where Fellows connect with and hear from professionals that are leading change in their organisations. Fellows come together a final time for facilitated reflection and sharing; reflecting on their learning and developing future plans for individual development and collaborations, as well as an organisational plan. As a baseline accreditation pathway, Fellows will complete a Post-Graduate Certificate at the University of Leeds.  

Grow networks and peer support
Our Fellows often talk about the connection they make with each other as part of the programme, as being of huge value. Alongside this, the Fellowship offers access to a wide range of cultural sector professionals, policy makers and funders. 

Who is the Fellowship Programme for? 

This programme is for Senior fundraising professionals – CEOs leading fundraising, Development Directors or Heads of Development, as well as those aspiring to be a CEO in their next role.

How much time will it take up? 

To access the Fellowship, you will need to invest 24 days across the year. Seven days of this are full days in line with the residential element of the programme. The rest constitutes part days for mentoring, training, meetings or reflection. The academic component of the Fellowship requires c. five hours of personal study a week. 

What are the costs? 

The Professional Fellowship Programme is offered on a sliding scale based on the turnover of participating organisations. 

  • Organisation turnover < £2m – Places are free.
  • Organisation turnover £2m - £4m – Places are £800.
  • Organisation turnover £4m plus – Places are £1,500.

The fee includes all costs for the Fellowship including: residential accommodation, food and drink and travel. The total value of each Fellowship is c. £8,000 per Fellow. The Post-Graduate qualification is included in this cost. 

Before completing an application, please check that you fulfil the following essential criteria:

  • As the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme received funding from Arts Council England, all Fellows must be based within England for the full 12 months of their Fellowship and have the right to work in the UK for that period.
  • Applicants must either work for or with an arts and cultural organisation based in England.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they can support themselves financially for the duration of their Fellowship.

Please note that due to the nature of the programme, this Fellowship is not suitable for freelance fundraisers, consultants or independent practitioners, other than when their work is closely connected to a specific organisation.

Applications close at 12.00pm (noon) on Monday 3 June 2024.

This is a two-stage application process, with interviews taking place online from week commencing 10 June 2024. 

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in the Induction at the University of Leeds and Weetwood Hall from 11-13 September 2024. Although Fellows will engage in the University of Leeds Registration Process from July, the programme will begin with the residential in September 2024 and will run through to June 2025.

Further Information