RAISE bursaries for Fundraising Convention 2018

RAISE bursaries for Fundraising Convention 2018

5 July 2018

For the first time through the RAISE bursary programme funded by Arts Council England, ten fundraisers from the arts, culture and heritage sector have been enabled to attend Fundraising Convention, Europe's largest event for fundraising professionals.

The bursaries awarded include a free pass to attend Convention and contribution  of up to £300 towards travel and accommodation. Applicants were asked to outline how Convention would benefit them personally, and their organisation to share experience post-event through blogs and on-going dialogue with the RAISE team.

Most of our awardees this year are early-career fundraisers working in small charities and are representing diverse art forms including heritage, museums, music, and performing arts. The majority of applications came from individuals based outside Greater London; our successful applicants are located in Portsmouth, Tunbridge Wells, Hulme, Coventry, Heckington, Nottingham, Durham, York and Oxford. 

At this year's event they will be personally welcomed by the RAISE staff team at the IoF Hub who are available for the whole event to ensure their experience is as positive and engaging as possible, and capture their feedback.

Glenys Garth-Thornton, Head of Professional Development IoF said: “Through our work with Arts Council England, IoF are thrilled to enable more arts, culture and heritage sector fundraisers to learn from other fundraising professionals, understand the challenges facing the wider sector and leave with new ideas that they can put in to practice and share with their colleagues". 

The RAISE programme is proactively seeking to support early career fundraisers, those working in smaller organisations and individuals that self-identify as BAME (Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background) to share the experience of attending Convention. We are particularly keen to welcome applications from individuals based outside Greater London.

Bursaries towards Fundraising Convention will be offered over the next three years, with details including how to apply and the application deadline announced in the RAISE newsletter on the RAISE webpages.