Northern Fundraising Fellows 2014/15

DARE Fundraising Fellowships

We are all aware that the changing funding environment means arts organisations need to think and act differently if we are to flourish – an issue recognised by funding bodies, fundraisers and sector agencies alike.

DARE is committed to addressing this and has worked with Cause4 and the University of Leeds to create the Arts Fundraising Fellowship Programme, a practice-based fundraiser development programme, the first of its kind in the UK.

The Programme offers paid, 12-month fellowships for talented individuals to gain a rounded experience of arts fundraising and the skills necessary to be future leaders in the field. It provides hands-on learning within the development department of a leading arts organisation, supported by a tailored schedule of training, mentoring and coaching.

In 2013 DARE, together with Opera North, the Royal Northern College of Music, Sage Gateshead and Tate Liverpool launched the first pilot of four Fundraising Fellowships in the North of England, certified by the University of Leeds.

The second cohort began their Fellowship in September 2014 at Hull Truck Theatre; Liverpool Biennial; Liverpool Philharmonic; Opera North; York Theatre Royal.

Year Three Fellows embarked on their Fellowship in September 2015 at the Halle in Manchester; Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds; Mind the Gap in Bradford; New Writing North in Newcastle; and Royal Exchange Manchester.

The programme is part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme, awarded £2 million by Arts Council England as part of the three-year Transforming Arts Fundraising programme.

The University of Leeds is also the evaluation partner and Opera North the grant-holder for the broader Consortium initiative.

Experience has already demonstrated a positive impact on both the Fellows and their Host Organisations.  In addition to fast-tracking the Fellows’ own learning and career development, it has provided Host Organisations with increased fundraising, infrastructure, knowledge and capacity, and more active fundraising networks.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of Arts Council England

“We have the opportunity, with Arts Council funding and a partnership between the University of Leeds, Cause4 and Opera North to bring on a new cohort of fundraisers with greater skills to raise more money for Arts and Culture in the future.

This programme will strengthen fundraising in the Arts by bringing forward a new generation of highly skilled and motivated fundraisers who can use all the new ways of funding, including all the possibilities of the digital world and data collection, so that is has multiple revenue streams to sit aside strong public funding and investment.”

Gaby Styles, Head of Development, Tate Liverpool – host to Bex Shindler

“As well as Bex making a significant contribution, including working on a new individual giving strategy and organising our first Legacy event, Tate Liverpool’s fundraising team has accessed arts fundraising training and networking opportunities that have elevated the skill of the department as a whole.”