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Four Cultural Organisations selected to participate in the Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme

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Business to Arts Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Today, Business to Arts in partnership with Dublin City Council and Dublin’s Culture Connects announced the four selected cultural organisations that will participate in a 24-month Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme for new Fundraising Executives. Dublin Theatre Festival, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Fishamble: The New Play Company & Helium Arts will each be part-funded to recruit a Fundraising Fellow who will take part in the programme. Recruitment for the Fellow positions will commence in January 2017.

Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin offers each of the selected organisations up to €30,000 toward the employment of full-time fundraising or marketing & fundraising human resources, contracted over a 24-month period. The four recruited Fellows will take part in a structured programme of training and mentorship worth an additional €15,000, developed by Business to Arts and Dublin City Council as part of the Fellowship. They will receive fundraising training and mentorship from experienced national and international leaders inside and outside the arts sector. The aim is to equip these Fellows and their cultural organisations with skills to build capacity in their own organisations and subsequently share the skills and knowledge with local smaller organisations. Business to Arts are currently seeking Dublin-based community organisations interested in learning from and partnering with the selected organisations.

The objective of Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin is to enhance the investment by arts, cultural and community organisations in their strategic planning and fundraising capacity. The programme addresses the lack of human resources dedicated to fundraising in the selected arts, cultural and community organisations, as well as facilitating a ripple-effect of the knowledge created, to smaller, less resourced organisations.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts states:

“This Fellowship builds on our existing partnerships and mutual objectives to address long-term human resource issues facing Dublin’s cultural sector. The four diverse organisations selected have the opportunity to develop and enhance their fundraising capacities, sharing their knowledge with local community organisations, through our intense programme of training and mentorship. We look forward to working with them over the next two years. Our extensive networks and resources will equip these organisations and Fellows with a range of resources which we hope will have a significant impact on the Irish arts fundraising landscape in years to come.”

At the announcement of the four organisations, Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said:

“The investment by Dublin City Council in creating positive legacies from the 2020 European Capital of Culture bid signals our commitment to the role that Culture will play in the future sustainability of the city, alongside Economic Development, Environmental Awareness and Social Inclusion. Building capacity in cultural organisations in the City, and further supporting the sharing of this learning and experiences with others that have less experience in fundraising and philanthropy will foster important new partnerships with communities, business, cultural organisations in Dublin.”

To learn more about the Fellowship click here

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