Cultural Sector Network

Cultural Sector SIG logo 2017


A strong and financially sustainable cultural sector means a society in which all can flourish, with all the economic and social benefits that the cultural industries provide.  We can see state funding of the arts and heritage under threat, local government funding declining and the charity fundraising sector under scrutiny like never before. The charitable case for supporting culture is not promoted as powerfully and frequently as it should be. Despite all this, there has been no organisation to speak unequivocally for fundraising across the whole range of arts and heritage.  The Cultural Sector Network - as part of the Institute of Fundraising - aims to become that organisation.

Who are we?

We are a group of volunteers working with the IoF to address these challenges. The Cultural Sector Network is one of the IoF’s strategic Special Interest Groups. We see enormous added value in being part of a professional membership organisation with a solid record of training, research expertise and advocacy with government. The Institute has welcomed the opportunity to engage with cultural fundraising and strengthen the whole profession by working alongside arts and heritage fundraisers.

Who are we working with?

We have two main audiences

  • fundraising practitioners in organisations across arts and heritage
  • consultants and service providers working across the cultural sector


We also partner with public funders, cultural stakeholders, private donors, sponsors and academic institutions involved in research and teaching.

What is our vision?

Our aim is to break down the silos separating arts and heritage fundraisers nationwide and develop a truly public understanding of the charitable case for supporting culture.

What do we do?

Our mission has three principal goals:

1. To raise the profile of fundraising for arts and heritage and extend its influence 

2. To enhance the expertise of cultural sector fundraisers and share that knowledge

3. To engage with other charitable sectors to develop best practice and ethical fundraising

How do we deliver against our goals?

Our six sub-committees – Advocacy, Events, Marketing, National Networking, Professional Development and Research – work to deliver the following:


best practice knowledge through our events and our annual conference, benchmarking, training, mentoring and information


connecting the unconnected, linking up the unlinked and developing partnerships, in order to create a common language fostering co-operation and complementarity


engaging with national and local government, cultural stakeholders, philanthropy organisations and donors to extend the reach of cultural sector fundraising and awareness of the charitable case for supporting culture     

It’s your Network!

If you share these goals, please get involved. To find out more, please email us. 

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