Enquiries Cohort

Enquiries Cohort

Throughout 2022 - 2024, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will launch a series of enquiries in relation to challenging areas of arts, culture and heritage fundraising, with a view to informing future policy and research. Our last enquiry focused on the challenges of ethics in fundraising which will be published in October 2022. 

Each enquiry is made up of eight fundraisers working in arts, culture and heritage organisations.  They work with the wider Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy team to explore a topic of national significance.

Fundraisers are drawn from a wide range of types and scales of organisations from across the UK. Participants will be at different stages in their careers, from those taking their first steps into fundraising to Chief Executive level.


Who are we looking for?

The only requirement is that you are working in-house in an arts, culture or heritage fundraising team and that you bring curiosity and interest to the particular subject area that forms part of the enquiry. You do not need to be an expert to take part.

You should also be interested in working collaboratively with a team of fundraisers to come up with new ideas and solutions to an area of concern to the wider arts fundraising sector. We are looking to create a team that represents a wide and diverse range of views, opinions and experiences.


What will we be working towards?

The output will be a short publication outlining policy ideas and suggestions for key funders where all participants will be co-authors and credited for their participation. The publication will be disseminated to a wide range of stakeholders including Arts Council England and may be used to inform discussion at Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy events and related training courses.

Additionally, feedback from fundraisers in relation to their experience of Covid-19 has outlined that many have missed the networking potential of conferences, events and training, so we hope that this enquiry model also stimulates new networks where fundraisers can meet and learn from colleagues working in other parts of the arts, culture and heritage sector.


Cost of Living Enquiry

We are now recruiting for our Cost of Living Enquiry, to explore how arts organisations, their audiences, donors and funders are adapating and could adapt during this challenging time. The Enquiry will be based around several questions including:

  • How do we best support arts, culture and heritage organisations to navigate the cost of living crisis?
  • What are organisations doing practically to manage these challenges?
  • What can we learn from other sectors or the mainstream charity sector that would support good practice in weathering challenging economic times?
  • Is there any sector-wide stance or position that would support organisations during the cost of living crisis and which might help funders of the arts decide how to support?
  • What are the implications of the cost of living crisis on fundraising strategy and target setting within arts, culture and heritage organisations?


Applications for our Cost of Living Enquiry are now closed. Participants will be announced shortly.



With thanks to our previous cohort:

Sanayah Malik, Corporate Relations Executive, the British Library

Nick Jackman, Campaign and Projects Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Ruth Lee, Executive Director, Aakash Odedra Company

Akulah Agbami, Director, BLACK* Artists on the Move

Jack Charlesworth, Associate Director, Outset Contemporary Art Fund

Zulfiqar Ahmed, Director, The Leap

Zoe Baxter, Fundraising Officer, Elmhurst Ballet School Trust

Manpreet Dhadda, Interpretation Developer, National Railway Museum


“Participation in the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Ethics Enquiry was an enjoyable and thought-provoking process that allowed me to connect with a range of colleagues involved in arts fundraising around the country who I might not otherwise have met. The balance of material to prepare in advance is just right – enough to stimulate thought and debate but not too much to push the argument in any direction or to place a significant burden on bulging inboxes and to-do lists. The Cause4 team are ever supportive and helpful from basic admin to facilitation of the discussions, and I felt we came up with a series of recommendations on our topic which could help move the dial in our profession.”


- Nick Jackman, London Philharmonic Orchestra