NAFS-convince your boss - The National Arts Fundraising School

NAFS-convince your boss - The National Arts Fundraising School
Let’s assume you’ve decided you do want to come to the National Arts Fundraising School.
Coming on the School’s possibly the most expensive investment you – your organisation –
could make. So you might experience quite a bit of resistance from senior managers or
volunteer Board members in your organisation.
Below we list some of the possible reasons you could offer to make your case.
You’ll come back with an
outline strategic plan to raise significantly
more money, and the know-how to flesh out
the plan. The biggest single
difference between the fundraising
School and other offerings is this
commitment to strategic thinking
rather than just tactical, one-off
You’ll return with a number of practical tools
and techniques – for example, you’ll know
how to draft a proposal to a US foundation,
how to assess a major donor’s
communication preferences over the
phone, and how to put together a pitch
for a corporate in three hours or less.
(And much, much more.)
You’ll be clear about what approaches and streams will work for you, and what won’t. There is a
synergy between certain kinds of funding and certain types of organisations. Once you know what
your core competencies are it’s better to focus there. We’ll help you identify those competencies
and make that focus
You’ll have 6 days to focus on one topic –
fundraising success. The School is based
in a beautiful but isolated country hotel
where the only things to think about are
fundraising… and which bird is that
singing outside. You’ll work intensively to
make the most of that focussed time.
Learning from the best. All the
programme leaders are experienced
practical fundraisers – among the leaders
in their fields. We’ve put together a team
of tutors with backgrounds in charity and
cultural fundraising, corporate and HNWI,
community based action and hard-to-sell
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The School uses a wide mix of
learning approaches including
expert presentations, group
exercises and activities,
coaching and case studies so
you’ll learn and retain a huge
amount in a relatively short
The approach is deeply practical, so
you’ll find out how the models and
approaches are relevant to your
organisation as well as building a
robust strategy and portfolio during the
week. You’ll come back to work with a
well-developed action plan to put into
place immediately.
You'll get a 350-page workbook
and digital resources to keep, as
well as access to the extensive
fundraising reference library
during the school. You’ll also
have access to free Alumni events
and future fundraising sessions.
If you don’t raise a sum at least equal to the School fee within 12 months of completing the
programme, we’ll refund the fee. All of it.
Ongoing support
Making it a risk-free investment.
You’ll have joined a very special
group of high achievers. And we
want to keep in touch and provide ongoing support.
You’ll be able to join the NAFS Facebook
group – exchanging ideas and experience. There’s also
a private LinkedIn group exclusively for Alumni where
you can seek advice on things you wouldn’t want to be
public – we’ll send you an invite after the School. You
can pick up the phone and ask us – reasonable! –
questions. And you’ll be invited to at least two special
Alumni events a year to learn about the latest
techniques, pick up on news about sources, and seek
advice and support from fellow alumni or =mc’s
What’s next?
You can find further information
on the website, including
Alumni testimonials, the current
timetable and a free download
section including insights on
behavioural economics, making
your case for support and more.
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