DARE Arts Fundraising Fellowships develop much-needed skills through the first practice-based model of its kind.

Created by DARE and supported by Arts Council England, this 12-month programme, the first of its kind, provides emerging fundraisers with hands-on experience within the development department of leading arts organisations, supported by training including the first week-long National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership at the University of Leeds.  Successful graduates are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy.

“In order to produce great shows and exhibitions, arts organisations need to be robust businesses with diverse revenue streams.  To improve our fundraising skills, in 2013 Arts Council England supported the launch of the Arts Fundraising Fellowship programme that grew out of the DARE partnership and is testament to Opera North and the University of Leeds.”
Peter Bazalgette, Chairman, Arts Council England 2012-2016.

“My year as a Fellow at Opera North involved a steep learning curve. My greatest achievements in the role include helping to organise and deliver the launch event for the Opera North and University of Hull Partnership, 2014-2019, and securing a completely new stream of funding for the organisation through work with Trusts and Foundations. I’ve learnt immeasurable amounts about the world of work generally and where my passions lie.” 
Annelise Andersen, former DARE Fundraising Fellow

“The Fellowship has been excellent to experience all aspects of fundraising and feel like you are making a real contribution to the host organisation. The professional development and networks that we can build up from this programme are unrivalled and I am hugely grateful for the opportunity.”
Tom Bevan, Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music

“The variety and breadth of projects that I have been able to work on has been astounding and has launched me into a flourishing career in the arts. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.” Clemency Horsell, Fellow at York Theatre Royal.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is now managed nationally by Cause4.


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