Introducing RAISE: supporting fundraisers working in the arts, culture and heritage sector

Introducing RAISE: supporting fundraisers working in the arts, culture and heritage sector

29 May 2018

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the professional membership body for charity fundraisers, is delighted to announce the official launch of their new programme RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage.

RAISE is a programme that supports fundraisers and development professionals working in the arts, culture and heritage sector throughout England. Working on the belief that a strong and financially sustainable cultural sector creates a society in which all can flourish, the IoF have put supporting cultural sector fundraising in the arts as a key part of its strategy.

The programme aims to raise the profile of cultural sector fundraising, enhance the expertise of sector fundraisers and share that knowledge, and enable fundraisers to engage with other charitable sectors to develop best practice.

To mark the launch of the RAISE programme, applications are open for bursaries to the IoF Fundraising Convention 2018, the largest event for the fundraising community in Europe, taking place at the Barbican in London in July. RAISE wants to help encourage diversity in the sector by offering funding to attend. The bursary is open to anyone from at least one of the following groups in the cultural sector: early career fundraisers, small and medium charities, and self-identifying BAME individuals.

The deadline for 2018 applications is 5pm on Friday 8 June.

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

I’m delighted to announce the launch of RAISE, which has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council England. This 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.

Click here to find out more about the programme, see

To apply for a bursary to attend Convention, see


For further information please contact Rosario Bellolio, RAISE Programme Coordinator at

Notes to editors: 

RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage is a four year programme funded by the Arts Council England and run by the Institute of Fundraising in partnership with IoF Culture Sector Network (CSN) and Young Arts Fundraisers.

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 6,000 individual members and over 575 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year.