Fundraising Culture Change Programme

Fundraising Culture Change Programme

Transformational Change for Arts, Heritage and Cultural Organisations


Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP) is delighted to announce the five successful organisations taking part in Fundraising Culture Change 2019. 

Funded by Arts Council England, Fundraising Culture Change is a year-long training and consultancy package for arts and cultural organisations undergoing substantial change. Working with Michelle Wright, Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and CEO of Cause4, organisations will be supported to develop and grow their success in fundraising and income generation and to embed new strategies organisation-wide.

Responding to increased financial pressure on arts, culture and heritage organisations, this programme seeks to support organisations to develop their future resilience and to get all staff and Trustees on board with fundraising. Previous participants have upskilled their boards in fundraising, developed major donor and corporate giving programmes and created bold new Cases for Support.

The five organisations taking part this year have been selected following a highly competitive process, as being at pivotal moments of organisational change or development. 

David Johnson, Head of Programme for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy said: 

“As we enter our fourth year of the Culture Change programme we see the enormous benefits of bringing staff and Trustees together to discuss, debate and implement new directions for fundraising strategies within arts organisations. This programme is proven to make fast change by the way that it integrates the whole organisation into the future development of fundraising strategy.”

Helen Cooper, Senior Manager, Philanthropy at Arts Council England said: 

“The Fundraising Culture Change programme supports arts and cultural organisations to become more resilient, explore new ways of diversifying their income streams, and supports their staff and Trustees to make bold decisions about investing in their business models. Arts Council England is pleased to support this programme and we look forward to hearing the progress of the successful organisations.”

The five successful organisations for 2019 are:

  • Nutkhut is a London based performing arts company producing high quality work and telling stories of the British South-Asian experience.
  • Meadow Arts predominantly operates in rural parts of the West Midlands, taking contemporary visual art into unusual places
  • 20-21 Visual Arts Centre presents exciting exhibitions of contemporary visual art, craft and design in North Lincolnshire
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a nationally significant historic Botanic Garden that opened to the public in 1832
  • Wycombe Museum is a family friendly social history museum with an extensive community engagement programme

    What previous participants say


    The Culture Change programme enabled a fresh approach to assessing our organisational culture, providing support and advice which has helped us to move forward in an informed and re-invigorated way.

    Claire Somerville, Chief Executive Officer at Babylon Arts


    Culture Change was strategic but also practical, we had open discussions and moved forwards a culture of fundraising within the organisation

    Catherine Herbert, Deputy Director of Whitstable Biennale 


    I can't advocate for Michelle strongly enough. Her delivery has been as close to perfect as possible.

    Mark Davyd, Chief Executive Officer at Rhythmix Music