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News and updates on the Giving to Heritage programme


Over £3m raised by heritage projects due to ‘Giving to Heritage’ training

01 December 2017

Over £3m raised by heritage projects due to ‘Giving to Heritage’ training

An independent evaluation on the Giving to Heritage (GTH) programme has reported that heritage projects have raised £3.15m directly attributable to participation in GTH’s affordable fundraising training. GTH funding has had a transformative effect for the heritage sector – many of the organisations that took part could not have afforded fundraising training otherwise.

The evaluation, carried out by Consilium Research, noted that the £3.15 million raised so far will continue to increase year on year as new fundraising strategies are developed and implemented. The evaluation also reported that confidence and skill levels in heritage fundraising and capacity building have increased substantially due to the GTH training.

The Heritage Alliance (THA) and Institute of Fundraising (IoF) created the Giving to Heritage programme thanks to generous ‘Catalyst initiative’ funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and DCMS. The c£750,000 of grant funding has enabled over 1,700 individuals representing over 800 heritage organisations to access fundraising training and capacity building opportunities which included workshops, executive coaching, one-to-one support and webinars.

The success of the first ever project between the IoF and the heritage sector demonstrates the dramatic impact of seed funding which allows umbrella organisations like The Heritage Alliance to create innovative capacity building programmes. See the case studies in the notes to editors section below for more information and quotes from GTH attendees.

The Heritage Alliance and Institute of Fundraising are keen to hear from funders and donors who can help continue this important work. The scheme is now closed for live training, but you can continue to use resources and view webinars at the Giving to Heritage Website.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players Giving to Heritage has offered heritage organisations the tools to develop longer-term financial independence. It is great to see such positive findings from this evaluation, and we look forward to seeing continued benefits for the entire sector resulting from the GTH training”.

 Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, said: “We’re delighted that this evaluation has so clearly demonstrated the impact of funding training for small organisations. The GTH programme has successfully helped the heritage sector become more self-sufficient. We’re grateful for the transformative role the Heritage Lottery Fund has played in supporting our sector’s future. We would welcome new investment to continue to allow GTH to spread best practice in the heritage sector.”

Peter Lewis, IoF Chief Executive, said: ‘At a time when many smaller charities are struggling, this evaluation highlights the transformative impact that high quality fundraising training can have.  We are very grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this programme, which this report shows has made a tremendous difference to the sustainability of these heritage organisations allowing them to continue and to expand their vital work’.

A summary of the evaluation is here or you can read the full document here.




Giving to Heritage Training

07 August 2017

Giving to Heritage Training

The main workshop programme has ended but other training is still available.

One-to-one-support sessions: Free one-hour sessions with one of our expert trainers. Find out more and book here.

Social Investment support sessions: Free one-hour sessions with our Social Investment partners. Find out more here or complete this survey to book here.

In-house workshops: For £300 we can deliver a workshop to your doorstep. It can cover any of the 13 fundraising topics we have delivered workshops on previously. Find out more about the terms here.

Executive Coaching: 6-9 months of bespoke training. This is double match funded by the project (e.g. your organisation spends £1000 on training and the project will put in £2000). Contact heritage@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk for more information.




Legacy Fundraising Masterclass, Cambridge, 26 January 2017

06 January 2017

Legacy Fundraising Masterclass, Cambridge, 26 January 2017

Exciting new venue for this important workshop subject

Masterclasses are open to experienced fundraisers and GTH delegates who attended the same workshop subject earlier in the programme




Fundraising Planning & Strategy Masterclass 1 February 2017

20 December 2016

Fundraising Planning & Strategy Masterclass 1 February 2017

Workshop 10.00 to 16.30 at the Coffin Works, Birmingham

Suitable for experienced fundraisers and GTH delegates who attended the same workshop subject earlier in the programme




Want to save your local historic pub?

02 November 2016

Want to save your local historic pub?

Community shares may be the answer to saving your local heritage asset

Come to our special workshop at The Theatres Trust, 9 December and find out to go about setting up a Community Shares scheme and how other heritage organisations have gone about it.




First workshop on Applying for Social Investment Funds held

28 September 2016

First workshop on Applying for Social Investment Funds held

The first workshop was held on 27 September at Stephens House & Gardens, London N3

The first of our new series of workshops on ‘Applying for Social Investment Funds’ got underway yesterday, with a lively group and interesting discussions on how social investment funds can be used in a heritage context. There was a general feeling that the mystique of the subject had been stripped away for the delegates and that this valuable source of funds should be more widely know in the sector. Many of the delegates are now ready to move on to our workshop on setting up a Community Shares scheme, 9 December.




Last places available on Social Investment Funds Workshop, 27 September

23 September 2016

Last places available on Social Investment Funds Workshop, 27 September

Book now to reserve one of the small number of places available on this important new workshop run by The Heritage Alliance and CAN Invest. Stephens House & Gardens, London N3 (near Finchley Central underground station)

Access to social investment funds has never been easier, and there are several new initiatives offering funds to heritage causes. Some heritage projects like Live Theatre, Newcastle, have already taken advantage of these funds, in a mix with other sources, including trough traditional fundraising. This workshop strips away the complications and provides a clear and practical overview. Delegates will take away from the workshop a) how and where to apply for funds and b) whether social investment is right for their organisation.




All 9 Catalyst Umbrella programmes meeting their objectives

12 September 2016

All 9 Catalyst Umbrella programmes meeting their objectives

DC Research has published their interim report on all 9 Catalyst programmes on behalf of the HLF

Although the report is based on data up to and including December 2015, the report provides a useful update on how all the HLF-funded programmes are doing. The key successes are a) the scale of engagement achieved, ie the number of participants and organisations that have received training or support, b) the level of positive feedback received about the various activities delivered. Common themes are increased confidence in fundraising,, changes in fundraising practice and changes in attitudes to fundraising. A common issue is the limited capacity of the sector to make time to engage with the training.




Crowdfunding in heritage – when and how should we use it?

31 August 2016

Crowdfunding in heritage – when and how should we use it?

Workshop 4 October, London, 7 February Manchester

When is crowdfunding the right solution for your project? What is a reasonable target? What platform should I use? How to use your networks, using the right commumications strategy, and the pros and cons of a soft launch are all covered in these new workshops




Attendees at complementary workshops reap benefits

23 August 2016

Attendees at complementary workshops reap benefits

Evaluation Report shows attendees at multiple workshops are securing funds

Our recent independent Evaluation Report into Giving to Heritage shows that 650 different heritage organisations have attended workshops. A significant minority have attended a number of workshops – we are pleased to see that one delegate has attended seven different workshops! Most of our workshop subjects have content that is complementary to those of other workshops. So for example, ‘Measuring, Communicating and Sharing the Impact of Heritage’in London on 19 October would go well with ‘Structuring your Organisation’ on 8 December. Similarly, attendees at ‘Crowdfunding for Heritage’ on 4 October may also wish to attend ‘How to set up a Community Shares Project’ on 9 December.But attending just one workshop subject can also yield results, as our Evaluation Report shows.