We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in supporting museums develop their fundraising capacity as well as develop their own skills and build new connections. You do not need to have previous experience as a mentor, although this may be an advantage.
This mentoring programme is part of the ‘Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy’ project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will work directly with 30 museums in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight sub-region to develop long term relationships with segments of the philanthropic community and build practical skills in fundraising.
Each participating museum will be matched with a mentor for the duration of the first two project years. The role of the mentor is to work with the museum to develop an organisational action plan to achieve progress against the museum’s project objectives. The mentor reports back to the Project Director.
Mentoring will take place through bi-monthly mentoring meetings face to face and remote contact in between. Mentors will need to commit approximately 4 hours per month to the programme. We are looking for people with experience of fundraising, ideally within a museum, arts or heritage setting or an interest in this area.
Mentors will not be paid but will be given training and career development opportunities to develop skills and build new connections. The first free training sessions take place on 4th February (London) and 26th February (Salisbury). This is an opportunity to develop links with museums in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and share your fundraising knowledge to develop the skills of other fundraisers.
The project was developed by a partnership made up of Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council and Southampton City Council. Together with the Hampshire Cultural Trust (who now operates and funds museums and arts previously under Hampshire and Winchester councils’ control), they oversee the delivery of the project.
The programme will start in January 2015 and run until 2017.
Mentoring resources can be found below.
For further information please contact Romilly Beard, telephone number 01962 826701.