PRIVATE INVESTMENT CAPACITY BUILDING
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
The Arts Council’s RAISE programme is focused on growing private investment to the arts in Ireland by embedding a culture of sustainable philanthropy across participating organisations. The programme was launched to
develop the fundraising capability for the chosen arts organisations by delivering the skills and resources to build robust, sustainable organisations.
In July 2018, we appointed O’Kennedy Consulting leading fundraising and philanthropy advisors, to deliver a new phase of RAISE focusing on the following key outcomes:
To build capacity in the chosen organisations to generate significant new private investment including philanthropic investment
To develop skills in planned giving across all the chosen organisations
To deliver a scalable and sustainable private investment model for chosen organisations
Having successfully delivered the first phase of this new RAISE programme, we are now ready to commence the next phase of the programme – RAISE 2020-2021. The Arts Council, alongside O’Kennedy Consulting
are delighted to invite organisations to submit an expression of interest to participate in this RAISE Programme by Friday 10 January 2020 at 5pm.
The programme is operating two Tiers of support depending on the size of your organisation, the resources available and your fundraising ambitions. We have made some modifications to the last programme and will accept applications based on the following criteria:
Tier 1: Ready to Engage Organisations
5 Tier 1 organisations will be chosen for this phase of the RAISE Programme.
Criteria: Medium & Large organisations with annual turnover of over €500,000 and an ability to demonstrate a track record of fundraising support and donor engagement – fundraising/private income at a minimum of 5% of total turnover.
The chosen organisations must demonstrate that they have robust organisational structures, strong fundraising propositions, clear marketing plans and the internal capacity, leadership and board buy-in to ensure the development of impactful private investment/philanthropy strategies.
Selected organisations will participate in 5 group workshops and 80 hours of bespoke organisational support will be given to each selected organisation. Financial support will also be provided towards the salary of an appropriate fundraising resource. O’Kennedy Consulting will work with each Tier 1 organisation to develop tailored fundraising plans which are suitable to the organisation’s unique requirements. If you believe you meet this criteria and wish to be considered, please submit your Expression of Interest via the Tier 1 Online Application Form here.
Tier 2: Getting Ready to Engage Organisations
Up to a maximum of 15 Tier 2 organisations will be chosen for this phase of the RAISE Programme.
Criteria: Small & Medium organisations with annual turnover up to €500,000 that are deemed not to be fully ready to engage in multi-layered fundraising programmes. Note: There is no minimum fundraising income required for Tier 2 but organisations must
demonstrate some level of effort to secure donor income.
Of the Tier 2 organisations that will be chosen, preference will be given to those organisations who can demonstrate a commitment to developing private investment fundraising programmes in the medium to long-term, and those that have a clear, robust organisational structure
Note: Tier 2 organisations will receive quarterly group training workshops, 15 hours of individual mentoring and support as well as full access to online fundraising support tools. If you believe you meet this criteria and wish to be considered, please submit your Expression of Interest via the Tier 2 Online Application Form here.
In summary, if you are confident that your organisation meets the criteria for either Tier 1 or 2, we would encourage you to complete the relevant Expression of Interest Application Form via the links below.
Tier 1 Application Form
Tier 2 Application Form
Remember: The deadline for this response is 5pm on Friday 10 January 2020
Following an initial evaluation, we will invite those who we believe have the potential capacity to benefit from participation in RAISE to attend a half-day group knowledge share meeting with other shortlisted Tier 1 and Tier 2 organisations, as well as a short interview.
Tier 1 group interviews are set for Thursday 23 January
Tier 2 interviews are set for Tuesday 4 February
Note: Both will be Dublin based.
Those who apply for Tier 1 and are unsuccessful, will be considered for Tier 2 once they tick the relevant box on the Application Form.
Following on from these group interviews, participants will be informed if they have been selected to participate in this RAISE programme at the dates for commencement.
Note: Organisations that apply to participate in RAISE but are not selected will be invited to attend a one-day RAISE fundraising Conference in mid-2020. They will also receive RAISE newsletters and an Introduction to Fundraising handbook.
THE RAISE-UP FUND
In addition to the RAISE Programme, we are delighted to introduce a new initiative – The RAISE UP Consultancy Fund will allow previous or current RAISE applicants or participants to apply for matched-funding consultancy services from the OKC team at a special rate of
€200 per half-day or €400 per day. This represents 50% of the actual consultancy cost as the Arts Council will cover the other 50%. Minimum consultancy half-day and Maximum four days per organisation. Please note the Arts Council has set aside a restricted allocation of
funding towards the RAISE-UP FUND and once allocated the initiative will close.
We look forward to receiving your submissions by 5pm on Friday 10 January 2020.
Wishing you and Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
Please Note: All information submitted to O’Kennedy Consulting as part of this process will be held in the strictest confidence in line with GDPR guidelines and data will only be used in the context of evaluating submissions to RAISE. By submitting your Expression of Interest you are authorising O’Kennedy Consulting to contact you directly in relation to the RAISE programme.
For more information, please contact Kieran MacSweeney at email@example.com or on 087 2513986.
In 2019, the RAISE initiative was relaunched to great success, working with arts organisations of all sizes. Below are lists of those organisations that took part in 2019
The Tier 1 organisations for 2019 were:
The Tier 2 organisations for 2019 were:
The Tier 3 organisations for 2019 were: