IoF to be awarded £432,000 Arts Council funding for Cultural Sector Network

27 June 2017

It has been announced today that the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) will be awarded £431,832 to expand the work of the highly successful IoF Cultural Sector Network, as part of ACE’s new National Portfolio strand of Sector Support. The funding, due to be awarded over a 4 year period, will support an ambitious programme of peer learning, mentoring and networking opportunities for arts and cultural fundraisers from across England, with a focus on linking fundraisers working for organisations based outside London.

Arts and cultural organisations play a vital role in our communities, enriching all of our lives. But too many, especially those outside London, face a daunting funding environment. This is why the work of the IoF’s Cultural Sector Network is so important. By providing training and ongoing fundraising support the network will help to ensure these important charities, groups and organisations are able to grow and flourish in the years to come.

The aim of this exciting initiative is to build a national network that connects cultural sector fundraisers from across England. This will join up the IoF’s Cultural Sector Network with all nine Regional IoF Groups (Chilterns, East Anglia, East Midlands, North East, North West, South West, West Midlands, South East & London and Yorkshire) and two Special Interest Groups (Black Fundraisers UK Group and Sole Fundraisers Group) working to enhance the expertise of cultural sector fundraisers and sharing this knowledge across the community. The programme will also be working in partnership with Young Arts Fundraisers to ensure that engaging with young people coming to work in arts and cultural fundraising will be a priority.

Chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network, Martin Kaufman, said;

“This new funding from the Arts Council will make a huge difference to cultural organisations across England, many of which are struggling to find the funds they need. By greatly expanding the IoF's 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.

Arts and culture are all about changing the world person by person, place by place and organisation by organisation. This funding will go a long way in helping us achieve that, and we are delighted that ACE have shown such confidence in us to do so.”


Marta Montague, Head of Development at the Institute of Fundraising said;

“We are delighted that the Arts Council has announced that they will be supporting the important work of the Institute of Fundraising, increasing the ability of charities and cultural organisations to raise the funding they need. This will make a big difference to our work with the cultural sector, and will continue to build the Institute of Fundraising’s role as the preeminent provider of fundraising training and support for the causes that change people’s lives.”

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Notes to editors:
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have over 575 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year, and over 6,000 individual members. www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk