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Fundraising Fellows complete Two-Year Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin Programme with Business to Arts & Dublin City Council Culture Company raising over €580,000 attributed to Three Fundraisers

Fundraising Fellows Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company); and Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium) with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, and Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company, at 14 Henrietta Street. Photo: Conor McCabe

Fundraising Fellows Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company); and Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium Arts) with Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, and Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company, at 14 Henrietta Street. Photo: Conor McCabe

Fundraising Fellows Anna McCarthy (Development Manager, Helium); Muriel Foxton (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios); and Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (Marketing & Fundraising Executive, Fishamble: The New Play Company) have graduated from the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme. The programme, which is a joint programme created by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council Culture Company (formerly Dublin’s Culture Connects) aims to develop the pool of fundraising expertise in Dublin-city based cultural organisations. The graduation was held at 14 Henrietta Street.

As part of the 24-month Fundraising Fellowship Dublin programme, the Fellows worked in a fundraising or marketing & fundraising role within an arts organisation. The programme saw Dublin City Council Culture Company fund 50% of each role, with the partner organisation matching that figure. Over the two years, the Fellows took part in an intensive programme of training and mentorship, worth in-excess of €80,000 per institution led by Business to Arts, Dublin City Council Culture Company and industry experts, to build capacity and to diversify revenue streams. As part of this, leading Irish and international experts offered masterclasses to develop knowledge and understanding, offering practical and real life expertise. The Fellows also worked with Calcutta Run, Common Ground, Dublin Cycling and 100 Archive imparting their expertise to these organisations, thus increasing the reach of the programme to community organisations in Dublin city.

The Fellows have raised a combined €580,000 directly attributable to their role in their organisation. Three case studies have been published highlighting the challenges, implemented strategies and outcomes of the Fellows and their organisations participating in the course. Each can be viewed here:

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“This two-year programme has enabled Business to Arts and Dublin City Council Culture Company to provide an intensive programme of training and support to four arts organisations. It has enabled each organisation to implement their long-term fundraising and marketing strategies. Each Fellow has secured additional funding for their organisation and we are very proud of their achievements to date. Having a dedicated human resource who is focused on building partnerships and new relationships is critical for organisations who want to develop their fundraising potential and invest in their capacity”

At the graduation, Iseult Byrne, Interim CEO, Dublin City Council Culture Company said:

“Capacity building is a core value of Dublin City Council Culture Company (and its predecessor Dublin’s Culture Connects) so we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with Business to Arts on developing this programme. Not only has the Fundraising Fellowship Dublin resulted in additional funds raised for the organisations involved, but more importantly, it has invested in developing and sharing a skillset that will impact positively on cultural and community organisations long after the programme has ended. We look forward to following the careers of the Fellows in to the future and wish Business to Arts every success as they grow this initial Dublin programme in to a national Fundraising Fellowship project.”

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