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 and was 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. Cohorts work collaboratively to come up with new ideas and solutions to an area of concern to the wider arts fundraising sector – the next cohort will focus on the Cost of Living. 


The eight fundraisers selected to participate are: 

Ashton Mullins, Grants and Programmes Manager, Foundation for Future

Emily Hicks, Fundraising Officer, Libraries Unlimited 

Camilla Johns, Head of Development, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Andrew Higgins, Director of Development, Imperial War Museums

Lucy Furneaux, Head of Development, Kings Place

Fiona Daborn, Grants Fundraiser, Bridges for Communities

Jo Warmington, Head of Development, Reform Radio

Anna Snell, Development Officer Trusts and Foundations, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Cost of Living Enquiry

The enquiry will explore how arts organisations, their audiences, donors and funders are adapating and could adapt during this challenging time. It 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?


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.


We thank members of our previous Enquiries cohort, including:

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