Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

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Fundraising Cohort 2018-2019

Between 2014 and 2018 museums in the East of England had access to specialist fundraising training through SHARED Enterprise, an HLF funded project.  The programme included cohort-based training, which participating museums found highly effective because it combined group workshops with specialist one-to-one support and peer networking.

Now that the SHARED Enterprise programme has finished, we are planning to offer similar cohort-based fundraising training as part of the 2018-19 SHARE training calendar.  A small number of museums will attend group workshops and receive expert one-to-one support from an experienced fundraiser.  They will learn about fundraising strategies, including a variety of fundraising methods, and they will be supported to apply their learning in the real context of their own museums.

Workshop content will be tailored to suit the needs of the participating museums.  The following topics are likely to be covered:

  • Fundraising strategy
  • Case for support
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Corporate support
  • Individual giving

The fundraising cohort is for museums of all sizes that are serious about developing their fundraising skills, but applicants must commit to attending all group workshops and one-to-one sessions.  Ideally, the same two people should attend every session, as this makes the learning more effective and means you are more likely to be able to put the learning into practice and achieve fundraising success. Preference will be given to museums which have not had the opportunity to join any of the SHARED Enterprise cohorts.

The dates and locations of sessions will be arranged once the participating museums have been selected.  As far as possible, we will arrange workshops to be held in locations that are geographically sensible for participants, including asking participating museums to host a workshop if they have suitable facilities to do so.  Workshop dates are yet to be arranged and will be published as soon as possible.  One-to-one sessions will be take place at the participants’ own venues, by prior arrangement.

There is a small fee payable for taking part in the fundraising cohort.  This is £200 for an accredited museum in the East of England, or £400 for a non-accredited museum and museums outside the East of England region.  In return for this, you will receive training and one-to-one support worth approximately £1,600.  Information about how to pay will be sent to you if you are offered a place in the cohort, and payment is needed to secure your place.  If you would like to apply but have difficulty paying the fee, please contact us to discuss assistance.

How to apply:

Initially, please complete the Fundraising Cohort Expression of Interest form and email it to SHARE no later than 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Miranda via email or on 01603 493659.

Mystery Shopping Scheme

Mystery Shopping Scheme

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Mystery Shopping Scheme

A good visitor experience is absolutely vital to museums and their public facing mission, as well as supporting their ability to generate income in uncertain times.

Now in its 6th year, our Mystery Shopper scheme is open to participants for 2019.

The scheme allows museums to benefit from an objective assessment of their visitor experience – and so design and implement improvements.

The reciprocal nature of the scheme means that museums can access this support significantly cheaper than through commercial mystery shopping services. We are also able to tailor the scheme specifically to the needs of museums.

Which museums are eligible?
Any Accredited museum in the East is eligible.

How will the scheme work?
SHARE will be recruiting museums from around the region to take part. Each museum will provide a Museum Lead to be responsible for the scheme within their organisation and at least two volunteers and/ or staff members who will be asked to undertake visits to other museums. To book a slot on one of our training days, follow the links below.

To book a place on Friday 17 May click here

To book a place on Saturday 18 May click here

Please register your interest in the scheme by April 31 2019 by contacting Sarah Coleman or  Kathy Moore. We can also help with queries

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