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Trusts and Foundations (Fundraising and Philanthropy Seminar 3)

This seminar will explore pragmatic approaches to engaging with trusts and foundations.  We’ll look at matching projects to grant giving bodies, understanding what trusts and foundations are looking to support, making an eloquent case for funding, managing the application process and building on success.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 10:30

In recent years the museums sector has gone through a series of lasting changes to funding structures which have led to increased competition for available funds.  Museums need to get better at asking for money and focus their attentions on increasing and diversifying funding sources. This means that the people working in museums need to be equipped with the right skills and competencies to do the job well. 

Trusts and Foundations, is the third seminar in the ASPIRE fundraising and philanthropy series of events focused on specific areas of fundraising and designed to spark ideas, share and develop knowledge and increase confidence.  In this seminar we will look in detail at grants from trusts and foundations – a vital resource for museum funding as without them many important capital and revenue projects would not be possible.  Trusts and foundations can offer tremendous opportunities to museums, and as many are privately endowed, they are able to be creative and flexible in how they apply their funds. 

However, competition is fierce and completing application forms takes up valuable staff time, consequently it is essential for organisations to establish their priorities, be pragmatic and confident about who they are targeting and why, and ensure their messages to funders are clear.

Through case studies and facilitated conversations, participants will explore and share top tips on making the most of the funding opportunities that are available.  Discussions will include an overview of a range of areas including:

  • Matching projects, programmes and acquisitions to the appropriate grant-giving body
  • Identifying appropriate funding schemes and opportunities
  • Understanding what trusts and foundations are looking to support
  • Making an eloquent case for funding
  • Managing the application process
  • Building on success.

The day will be facilitated by Lucy Shaw, Oxford ASPIRE Manager, and Helen Duncan, Trusts and Foundations Manager at the Ashmolean.  There will be other speakers attending the day and their details will be confirmed in due course.

This event is for decision makers working in medium to large museums. 

Participants are invited to arrive from 10.30 for coffee. The day will start promptly at 11.00 and will include a networking lunch.  We aim to finish the day by 15.30.

Ashmolean Museum
Lucy Shaw

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Lucy Shaw has been working at Oxford ASPIRE since August 2012.  She has worked in the museums sector since the early 1990’s, firstly as a social history curator in the East Midlands but for the last 10 years she has worked as a consultant specialising in workforce and organisational development.   Lucy is a trained facilitator and coach. 

Helen Duncan is the Trusts and Foundations Manager at the Ashmolean Museum, where she has over 8 years of experience in fundraising from trusts and foundations. Previously Helen worked in marketing and communications roles in classical music and at Oxford Brookes University.

Sally Colvin is Collections Co-Ordinator at the Museums Association.  Sally runs Effective Collections and the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, and contributes to policy work on collections-related issues.

Paul Mainds is Chief Executive of the River and Rowing Museum, Henley.

Helen Vincent is Development Manager at the River and Rowing Museum, Henley.

Booking Details: 

This session is free of charge and ASPIRE will pay for reasonable costs of delegate’s travel (up to £50).  Places are limited and will be given on a first-come-first-served basis and will be allocated to one person per organisation.

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