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Ethics in Fundraising

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This course is aimed at giving Trustees, CEOs and Senior Fundraisers guidance as to how to approach issues in relation to ethics in fundraising. It will support participants with guidance about how to implement a practical ethical fundraising strategy that protects artistic and organisational integrity and navigates issues in relation to reputational risk.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Outline the ethical principles of fundraising
  • Determine what can go wrong when ethics are not considered and implemented
  • Create an Ethical Fundraising Policy
  • Develop an ethical investment strategy
  • Recognise the regulations that govern fundraising within your organisation
  • Align your organisation’s ethical strategy with its fundraising strateg

Course Staff

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright is Chief Executive of Cause4. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle set up B Corporation and social enterprise Cause4 in May 2009. Since then, she has undertaken major strategic and business development projects, including campaign developments with a number of national charities and consultancy work for FTSE 100 brands, developing their cultural sponsorship programmes.

Michelle is the Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy funded by Arts Council England, which she set up in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association and the University of Leeds in 2013, looking to develop and professionalise fundraising and philanthropy practice across the arts in England.

In 2015 Michelle was voted by Salt Magazine as one of the top five compassionate business leaders in the UK, alongside leaders such as Richard Branson. Cause4 was voted one of the top 50 scale-ups in the UK by Silicon Valley Comes to the UK in 2016 and one of the top 10 philanthropic companies in the UK in 2017. In 2017, Michelle was invited to be part of the WISE 100 list for influential women in social enterprise.

Nicole Newman

Nicole Newman

Nicole Newman is an independent consultant, specialising in corporate fundraising with extensive experience in delivering transformational fundraising strategies in major cultural organisations.

Nicole has worked on regional and international projects for museums, galleries, performing arts, music, design, fashion and film. Nicole was previously the Development Director at English National Ballet, English National Opera and Somerset House, and led the corporate fundraising at V&A and Tate; establishing many of the commercial partnership strategies that exist today.

Nicole regularly teaches and lectures on arts fundraising and brand strategy internationally, and is a Trustee of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and Up Projects.

Shirley Coe

Shirley Coe

Shirley is Director of Business Development for Close Brothers Asset Management and is responsible for delivering the growth strategy for the business both in London and across all the regional practices. She joined Close Brothers in January 2016.

Previously a Director and Private Banker at Coutts & Co, Shirley has spent over 20 years working with high net worth clients and families both in the UK and internationally, including Singapore. Shirley has a BA Hons in German Studies from Birmingham University. She also holds the Investment Advisory Certificate, the Certificate in Financial Planning and the Private Client investment Advice and Management Diploma from the CISI.

Julia Farrington

Julia Farrington

Julia Farrington is a freelance arts producer and consultant, and an impact producer for documentary films. She was Head of Arts at Index on Censorship (2009 – 2014) and since 2014 has continued to work as Associate Arts Producer with Index, on her pioneering work on censorship and self-censorship in the arts in UK. In this programme, she has developed guidance for arts organisations and artists on the legal and rights framework impacting on what is sayable in the arts in the UK, and is currently developing Risks, Rights & Reputations - challenging a risk averse culture, a training programme funded by Arts Council England, for senior managers and board.

She is a core curriculum advisor/tutor for the ARJ Academy at Hildesheim University and she taught at the inaugural academy in 2017. She worked for Belarus Free Theatre (2014 – 2016) as their Head of Campaigns, leading campaigns in UK, US, Italy and co-producing campaigns in Belarus. She currently works with Kayd Somali Arts and Culture on the London-based Somali Week Festival, leading on a programme of transition and capacity building.

Julia has worked internationally with artists and organisations in Myanmar, Belarus, Ethiopia, Turkey and Somaliland, promoting artistic freedom. Julia is a founder/member of International Arts Rights Advisors a new collective offering a range of services to the sector.

Mike Mompi

Mike Mompi

Mike Mompi is currently the Director of Early Stage Investment at ClearlySo. ClearlySo works with businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment, and helps them to secure investment capital. Mike is responsible for their network of individual investors and in 2013 led the UKBAA Social Impact Investment Deal of the Year.

He also co-founded MakeSense, a community of professionals and students who provide consulting services in the social enterprise sector.

Mike is a Trustee of MyBnk and Makesense UK.

Sir Nicholas Serota

Sir Nicholas Serota

Nicholas Serota has been Chair of Arts Council England since February 2017 and is a member of the Board of the BBC.

He was Director of Tate between 1988 and 2017. During this period Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000 & 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Tate created the Plus Tate network with 35 regional galleries across the UK.

Clare Titley

Clare Titley

Clare Titley joined Arts Council England in 2014 as Director of Philanthropy. Based in Bristol, Clare has regional responsibilities and is the national lead for Philanthropy.

Clare oversees the Catalyst funding programme and the training and skills development programme which supports the sector to build fundraising capacity. Working to encourage collaboration and thought leadership on philanthropy, Clare is passionate about learning lessons and positively influencing organisations in pursuit of increasing private giving.

Clare has over 15 years’ fundraising experience in international development and the arts. Before joining Arts Council England, Clare was at the Welsh National Opera leading on fundraising from companies, trusts, and individuals. Before WNO, Clare managed trust funding at Save the Children and visited West Africa to gather children’s stories, following time spent project managing Lottery Funded programmes in India.

Clare is an Advisory Council member for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at anyone involved in leading or supporting ethical fundraising or investment decisions in their Charity.

Do I need any previous knowledge of ethical fundraising to enrol in this course?

No, the content is structured to be relevant to those individuals with some knowledge of ethics in fundraising, as well as for more experienced Trustees wanting to refresh their skills and awareness of current case studies.

How long does this course run for?

This course will run over eight weeks.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Once you are enrolled in the course, you can work through the content at your own pace. Feel free to access any part of the content at any time. You will need to complete the final assessment at the end of the course to receive a certificate of completion.

Can I access this course using my smartphone or tablet?

Yes, this course is available on both desktop and mobile. If you would like to take the course on a smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the Cause4 app for either Android or iOS, depending on your device.

Is there any accreditation linked to this course?

Our e-learning courses for Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy are not currently accredited; however, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, should you pass the summative assessment.

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