Trustee Leadership in Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

A practical half day session on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy, for executive team members and trustees of arts and cultural organisations.

Wednesday 8 October 2014

3.00 - 7.00pm plus networking drinks and nibbles between 7.00 - 8.00pm

Barnwood Trust, Ullenwood Manor Farm, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9QT

£38 for Create Gloucestershire members and associate members 

£48 for non-Create Gloucestershire members


Bookings are now open!  

Trustees play an essential role in fundraising. They are their organisation’s chief ambassadors, supporting the executive team and helping to connect them with a wide range of external networks.  Trustees who actively support their organisation’s fundraising strategy will significantly increase its potential for success.

This bespoke, half-day session, led by Matthew Bowcock, specifically offers practical guidance and tips to executive team members and Trustees on how to utilise fundraising and philanthropy as important tools within their organisation’s income generation strategy. Drawing upon his considerable expertise in this field, Matthew will help to give participants the core knowledge and confidence to fundraise skilfully for their organisation.

The session will also include personal case studies from guest speakers.

This course draws on the training which has been run across England as part of the Arts Council's Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme.  Hosted by Create Gloucestershire, it has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of smaller, participatory and often more rural organisations.  Create Gloucestershire has been able to subsidise the usual cost, thanks to our ACE/Catalyst funding.  

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the opportunities for fundraising for their organisation
  • Understand their role as an executive team member / Trustee in developing and leading fundraising and income generation strategies
  • Understand how Trustees can best support their organisation’s cause, and what tools they require to achieve this

About the trainer

Matthew Bowcock was until recently Chairman of UK Community Foundations. He is a Trustee of the Beacon Awards and a member of the Big Society Capital advisory board. Matthew was a founding director of and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board.

In 2012, Matthew authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy. He has been appointed a Trustee of Watts Gallery, and has recently taken up a position as a National Council member for Arts Council England.

Who this course is for

This seminar is open to members of the executive team and one or more of their Trustees to attend together.


You are welcome to stay on for drinks and nibbles between 7 - 8pm and share your own experiences with colleagues.



We will only guarantee bookings when we receive details for both the Trustee (or Trustees) and a member of the executive team from an organisation. Unfortunately the seminars are not open to single representatives from an organisation to attend.


To book a place please visit the event page

Capacity is limited so please book by Tuesday 30 September at the latest to avoid disappointment.