The Development Managers’ Forum, formally established in 2011, came about to build on the network of fundraising professionals that emerged from New Stream.

This group includes representatives from the National Cultural Institutions together with some of Ireland’s best known festivals, performance companies and galleries.

The key aims of the Group are:

  • To address the need for ongoing and regular mutual support by and for Development Managers and to continue to develop this network/community
  • To give Development Managers the opportunity to work together on areas that are not necessarily a business priority for Business to Arts
  • To empower Development Managers to take responsibility for their development and to show leadership, a collective voice, beyond the work they do with Business to Arts

Membership of the Group is restricted to full or part-time fundraising professionals or Directors/CEOs of arts and cultural organisations whose position includes a significant degree of fundraising from the private sector (businesses, trusts and foundations or individuals).

New members must be nominated and seconded by members of the Group.

The current Chair of the Forum is Michelle Reid, Senior Manager – Arts Programme at Business to Arts. The full membership listing can be seen here.


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