Meet our four new Fundraising Fellows! Strategic planning and fundraising capacity is to be increased in a number of city cultural institutions through the appointment of four new Fundraising Fellows, who were officially announced yesterday. Over the next 24 months, they will each work in a fundraising or marketing & fundraising role with one of four participating cultural institutions.
The Fundraising Fellowship, which is a joint programme created by Business to Arts and Dublin’s Culture Connects, aims to develop the pool of fundraising expertise in Dublin cultural organisations.
The organisations involved and new Fellows are:
· Temple Bar Gallery + Studios: Muriel Foxton, Fundraising & Marketing Executive
· Helium Arts: Anna McCarthy, Fundraising Executive
· Fishamble: The New Play Company: Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Fundraising & Marketing Executive
· Dublin Theatre Festival: Paula Weir, Corporate Development & Fundraising Executive
More than 200 people applied for the scheme, which is the first of its kind in Ireland. Dublin’s Culture Connects will fund 50% of each role, with the partner organisation matching that figure. Over the two years, the Fellows will take part in an intensive programme of training and mentorship, worth an additional €15,000 per institution and led by Business to Arts and industry experts, to build capacity and to diversify revenue streams. As part of this, leading Irish and international experts will offer masterclasses to develop knowledge and understanding, offering practical and real life expertise. The Fellows will also work with smaller organisations to impart their expertise to them, thus increasing the reach of the programme.
Owen P. Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said:
“Building capacity in cultural organisations in the City, and further supporting the sharing of this learning and experiences with others that have less experience in fundraising and philanthropy will foster important new partnerships with communities, business, cultural organisations in Dublin.”
As part of the initiative, we’re looking to hear from Dublin-based community groups interested in learning from and partnering with the selected organisations. The closing date for applications for this element of the programme is September 11. Find out more HERE
At the announcement, Councilor Vincent Jackson, Chair of Dublin City Council’s Arts, Culture & Recreation SPC (Strategic Policy Committee) said:
“With more than 200 applications, it is gratifying to see so much interest in developing skills in fundraising. This is a key element of any cultural organisation’s survival and it is an area where we’re seeing a significant deficit in expertise. I’m delighted, therefore, to see that this programme will not just benefit the four selected cultural partners, but that it will also have a ripple effect, with the trained Fellows working to support smaller organisations. We hope that this pilot programme will prove able to grow to even more significant impact.”
Find out more about our Fellows below:
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan – Fundraising and Marketing Executive, Fishamble: A New Play Company
Chandrika is an arts manager with ten years of experience working in the arts in the UK, including Christie’s Auction House, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery and the Be Smart About Art Academy. After moving to Dublin she began working in fundraising and business development for the arts, with Business to Arts, the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Liquor Rooms. Chandrika is also a writer, spoken word performer and storyteller and her work has aired on NPR in North America, Today FM and Near FM. Chandrika has an MA in Art History and an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy.
Muriel Foxton – Marketing and Fundraising Executive at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Muriel was appointed Marketing Coordinator and Arts Administrator at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in 2015. This was a new role where she developed and implemented the marketing strategy and played a key role in establishing the Supporters Club and its programmes. Muriel has also been working in a freelance capacity for South Dublin County Council since 2016 on ‘IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME’, a major public art programme (2016 – 2019) funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. She previously freelanced for Mason Hayes & Curran, working on its art collection catalogue.
Anna McCarthy – Fundraising Executive at Helium Arts
Anna McCarthy is a project coordinator and cultural/social entrepreneur with ten years’ experience working in non-profit settings, both in Ireland and Asia. Since completing UCD’s MA in Cultural policy in 2013 she has worked with a range of arts and community organisations on strategic development, fundraising and governance-related projects. Anna is passionate about supporting organisations to grow and increase organisational effectiveness and efficiency.
Paula Weir – Corporate Development & Fundraising Executive, Dublin Theatre Festival
Appointed in June 2017, Paula is the Corporate Development and Marketing Executive for the Dublin Theatre Festival. Before joining the Festival she worked as a web developer for RTÉ Digital and freelance contributor to the Culture and Lifestyle sections of RTÉ.ie. She has experience in digital development, content production and marketing across a diverse selection of the public, private and not for profit sectors. Paula holds a BA in Business Studies specialising in Marketing and Languages, Level 8 Awards in Digital Media and Web Development from DIT and a Diploma in Journalism and Broadcasting.
The Fundraising Fellowship, Dublin programme is a partnership between Dublin’s Culture Connects and the New Stream Fundraising Capacity Building Project operated by Business to Arts.0