Philanthropy in tandem with government investment has a key role to play in promoting Ireland's vibrant arts and cultural sector, supporting organisations to create and share impactful work across a diverse range of art forms. The Arts Council is delighted to present RAISE which provides fundraising training and support to a diverse range of arts organisations, empowering them to engage individual donors, businesses and foundations as partners in delivering first-class programmes, events and exhibitions. #artscouncilRAISE
The RAISE programme supports Arts Council funded organisations to augment their regular funding by building capacity to generate significant new private philanthropic investment
RAISE was initially created in 2012 and after the first round of success has relaunched a second phase with the help of leading fundraising and philanthropy advisers
O'Kennedy Consulting (OKC).
RAISE Tier 1 organisations together with Arts Council and O’Kennedy Consulting members at the RAISE launch in December 2018. Back row, left from right: Nik Quaife (OKC Consultant) Muireann Sheahan (Poetry Ireland), Kate Cunningham (Dublin International Film Festival), Sarah Sharkey (Dublin International Film Festival), Meghan Elward-Duffy (The Gate), Hollie Kearns(The Butler Gallery), Diego Fasciati (Irish National Opera), Sarah Freeman (Irish National Opera), Sabrina Kevany (OKC Consultant). Front row, left to right: Martin O’Sullivan – Arts Council Deputy Director (Finance Director & Company Secretary), Mary O’Kennedy (OKC), Orlaith McBride (Arts Council Director), Kieran MacSweeney (Arts Council RAISE Private Investment Adviser), Anna O’Sullivan (The Butler Gallery)
What is RAISE?
RAISE works with all types of arts organisations across all art forms throughout the country.
Tier 1 organisations are considered 'ready to engage' in fund development, and feature both medium-sized (annual turnover €300,000 - €800,000) and larger organisations (annual turnover over €800,000). Tier 1 organisations receive both group and bespoke support from OKC with the Arts Council providing additional financial support towards the salary of an appropriately skilled fundraising professional. OKC is working with each Tier 1 organisation to develop tailored fundraising and partnership development plans which are appropriate to the organisation's unique requirements. The five Tier 1 organisations are: Poetry Ireland, Butler Gallery, Dublin International Film Festival, The Gate, Irish National Opera
Tier 2 organisations are 'getting ready to engage' in fund development, and mainly feature medium-sized (annual turnover €300,000 - €800,000) and smaller (annual turnover less than €300,000) organisations with a smaller group of larger organisations also participating. Tier 2 organisations will receive ongoing group training, mentoring and support as well as full access to online fundraising support tools and fundraising handbooks.
Tier 3 organisations - these 30 organisations attend two workshops during the year but also have access to quarterly newsletters and the online fundraising support platform. Tier 3 represents organisations who have expressed an interest in developing their fundraising capabilities.
RAISE Tier 2 organisations together with Arts Council and O’Kennedy Consulting members at the RAISE launch in December 2018
The overarching aims of RAISE is to give all these organisations the structures and the skills to allow them to generate significant new private investment in their organisations on an ongoing basis. RAISE provides formal training to key staff in these organisations, but it also allows them to engage in real life fundraising opportunities, allowing organisations to pitch in person to potential donors and patrons.
For more information on RAISE, see our FAQ here or contact Kieran MacSweeney, RAISE Private Investment Adviser with the Arts Council, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087-2513986.
For list of the latest RAISE workshops available for all three tiers, go here.
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