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Institute of Fundraising launches mentoring and bursary scheme for the arts

Institute of Fundraising chair Martin Kaufman. Photo: IoF Institute of Fundraising chair Martin Kaufman. Photo: IoF
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A development programme specifically aimed at fundraisers working in the arts has been established to boost the charitable case for culture.

Launched by the Institute of Fundraising, the Raise programme will support fundraising and development professionals working within the arts, culture and heritage sectors in England.

It has been funded for four years by Arts Council England, and will use the money to offer a networking programme, peer-learning and mentoring schemes, and provide access to further education.

The IoF, which is the UK’s professional membership body for fundraising, said the programme is designed to “fly the flag” for cultural fundraising, and empower fundraisers in the sector to achieve more. It is also intended to support greater inclusivity and diversity within arts and heritage.

Announcing the new initiative, IoF chair Martin Kaufman, said: “This will make a huge difference to cultural organisations across England, many of which are struggling to find the funds they need.”

As part of this aim, the IoF is offering discounted bursaries to attend its fundraising convention, the largest of its kind in Europe, which is being held in London in July.

To apply, fundraisers must either identify as being from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, be an arts fundraiser in the first five years of their career, or work for a small charity with a voluntary income of less than £5 million.

Applications close on June 8.

The IoF launched a dedicated network for the culture sector in 2015, within which this new programme will sit.

Kaufman added: “By greatly expanding [our] Cultural Sector Network’s support to build fundraising skills and capacity, it will mean we will be able to support a highly diverse range of cultural organisations to raise the funds they need to continue and to grow their wonderful work across the country.”

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