Young Arts Fundraisers & RAISE Evolve Programme 2023-24

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Evolve is a year-long professional development programme that aims to equip early-career arts fundraisers with the advice, networks and peer support that they need to succeed. 

Having grown rapidly since its inception as a pilot mentoring scheme in 2016, Evolve is run by Young Arts Fundraisers (YAF) in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network  and is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Chartered Institute’s RAISE: Arts, Culture and Heritage programme.

The Evolve Programme

Participant commitments

Evolve participants were expected to:


28 July 2023 - Introductions made between buddy and mentor/mentee pairings

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 6 September 2023 - Introductory peer-to-peer session

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 1 November 2023 - Peer-to-peer session 2

Week commencing 4 December 2023 - Participants attend 20-minute 1-2-1 Zoom check in calls with the YAF team. 

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 10 January 2024 - Peer-to-peer session 3

Week commencing 5 February 2023 - Participants complete mid-programme evaluation survey 

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 6 March 2024 - Peer-to-peer session 4

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 1 May 2024 - Peer-to-peer session 5

9.30 - 11.00, Wednesday 26 June 2024 - Peer-to-peer session 6

Week commencing 24 June 2024 - Participants complete end-of-programme evaluation survey

How to apply

The deadline for applications was Sunday 2 July 2023.

If you have any other questions about the programme, then please get in touch with Hannah Tookey, Head of Mentoring at

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The Chartered Institute of Fundraising of Canopi, 7-14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR is the Controller. 

RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage is a Chartered Institute of Fundraising programme of support to the professional development of fundraisers working in the arts, culture and heritage sector in England.  
The information you provide will be shared with Young Arts Fundraisers and Chartered Institute Cultural Sector Network (CSN) for the following purposes: 

All information you provide will be kept confidential and used solely for the purposes stated above. At the end of the mentoring process, your personal information will be returned to the Chartered Institute of Fundraising 

We will keep your personal data in relation to the Evolve Programme for 1 year  from the date you join the Evolve Programme after which it will be securely deleted. 

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