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Volunteers give their time, skills and expertise to support our work. There is no such thing as a typical volunteer. Individuals are motivated to volunteer for different reasons; to learn new skills, to use their spare time positively or because they believe in what we are doing.


Chartered Institute members were recently invited to share their thoughts on the skills, experience and qualities they wanted to see in their new Chair of trustees. It also asked them to share views on the Chair’s top priorities upon starting the role.

The responses overall indicated a strong preference for the next Chair to be an individual drawn from the fundraising sector, someone who has a thorough understanding of the needs of fundraisers. The individual would have previous trustee or Board level experience and a strong emphasis was placed on being able to evidence experience of change management, both cultural change and engagement.

Other areas of interest are lived experience within the spectrum of diversity. The key priorities expressed by respondents were to lead the Board to clarify the purpose and to ensure the Chartered Institute is able to truly represent its members, to rebuild trust with the fundraising community, support the leadership and cultural change, recognise volunteer contributions, listen to and advocate for fundraising across the UK nations.

The Chair will hold the Board and Senior Leadership Team to account for the Charity’s mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board of Trustees, ensuring that each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. The Chair will also support, and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the entire Executive of the charity to achieve agreed objectives. He or she will act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.


Our trustees are elected by our members and meet four times a year. Our trustees stand for three years and can be re-elected for a further three-year term.

Our trustees steer our strategic direction.  Their primary role is to ensure that the we fulfill our charitable objectives and that the income we receive is applied effectively.

National, Regional and Special Interest Groups

It would not be possible to run our national, regional and special interest fundraising groups across the UK without the help of our incredible volunteers, and we’re looking for committed and passionate people to join our team.

Governance committees

Our priorities are guided by committees made up of Individual, Organisational and Corporate Members.

MENTORING for early-career fundraisers working in the arts and culture sector across England

RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage supports access to professional development opportunities for arts and culture fundraisers across England through networking events, mentoring, professional development and bursaries.

In partnership with Young Arts Fundraisers and the Cultural Sector Network we offer mentoring opportunities for early-career fundraisers working in the arts and culture sector across England.

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