MAKE (Milton Keynes Cultural Education Partnership) seeks Freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor 


MAKE seeks a freelance Fundraising and Development Mentor to deliver a programme of fundraising and development training and mentoring for MAKE members.

Through investment by Artswork, MAKE offers a Development Mentor fee of £4,200. The Development Mentor will provide two full-day bespoke fundraising and development training and mentoring sessions to a cohort of 24 MK arts and cultural organisations. These sessions will explore:

  • New revenue streams
  • Sponsorship and philanthropy opportunities
  • New sources of funding via trusts, foundations etc.
  • Cultural commissioning – opportunities, working with commissioners, becoming ‘commission ready’
  • Investment partnerships

Subsequently, the Development Mentor will work closely with a cohort of five. This work will take place between Autumn 2019 and Summer 2020 and will allow participants to develop a Fundraising Strategy and timeline for collaborative MAKE project bids. It will support the development and submission/implementation/pitching of bids, campaigns and proposals. It is expected that this group will become a Fundraising sub-group for MAKE and will continue to support the growth and development of cultural education in MK by supporting a range of collaborative projects and initiatives.

In addition to prep and planning for 3 full-day sessions and 4 half-day sessions the Development Mentor will:

  • Meet and liaise with the MAKE PM to discuss and plan the programme outline and its evaluation methods (Autumn 2019)
  • Independently develop programme, plan training and mentoring approach, source materials (Autumn 2019)
  • Share experience of programme at a MAKE partnership meeting (Summer 2020)
  • With MAKE PM compile and collate data for evaluation report (Summer 2020)

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a complex environment, ideally within the arts or an educational setting. They will have demonstrable experience as a trainer, and of working in a fundraising role, as well as a proven track record of raising funds from trusts and foundations, with experience of a wider fundraising mix. They will be a team player with a positive approach to work. Clear, creative and strategic thinking is essential.

Please submit a CV and covering letter stating why you are suitable for this role to by close of business, 12th September 2019.

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