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The Fundraising Leadership Collective

The Fundraising Leadership Collective is a new programme from Academy Street Workshop for CEOs, EDs and Senior Leaders who have overall responsibility for fundraising within their organisation but who do not have previous professional fundraising experience. Specifically designed to leaders within small and medium sized organisations this programme will help you get a deeper grasp of fundraising as you learn from a leading fundraising educator and each other.


Through a series of individual and group coaching sessions you will:

  • Discover the key components of a high-achieving fundraising programme.

  • Realise strategies for fundraising success within your organisation.

  • Connect with your peers in the sector, leaders who create impact.


If you would like to increase your fundraising knowledge to ensure your organisation can continue to deliver its core services and build your own peer network of leaders who are understand and are facing the same challenges then the Fundraising Leadership Collective is the programme for you.


The Fundraising Leadership Collective is comprised of 4 to 7 non profit leaders and your Programme Lead. 


The Programme runs for 6 months and will comprise of: 

  • Monthly group conference calls with each session on a specific topic;

  • Monthly individual sessions to work through your own challenges while growing your skillset as an effective fundraising leader;

  • A peer-to-peer collective approach where members will learn from each others experiences and challenges. 

  • An onsite visit by the programme lead to review the operations of your fundraising department and review opportunities to increase efficiency, donor care, team effectiveness.


Group and individual sessions will be by video conference. Our experience is that this is the most effective method of maintaining the focussed attention of participants who have busy schedules.

There is also the opportunity to avail of a tailored workshop for your organisation which will focus on a targeted area you have identified during the programme.


From our work with CEOs and nonprofit leaders we have identified a core programme of topics to be covered by the Collective and there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss and review challenges that individual members are facing within the structure of the programme. A sample programme for the Fundraising Leadership Collective may be:


Group Sessions:

Month 1: Where are we with our fundraising today? What is working for you? - Understanding why

Month 2: CEO to CEO - Sharing and learning

Month 3: Donor Love

Month 4: Working with Boards - How to bring them on board with your plans

Month 5: Balancing the Fundraising Mix

Month 6: How to talk about Fundraising and the needs of your organisation

Individual Sessions:

Month 1: Analysis of your needs

Month 2: Why do you Exist & Why should I care?

Month 3: What fundraising areas will work for you

Month 4: Creating a fundraising plan and budget

Month 5: Leading a fundraising team

Month 6: What’s Next?


Programme Lead

For over a decade, Kevin Delaney has been leading non-profit projects and organisations. He is the co-founder of Academy Street Workshop a boutique agency providing workshops, training,  strategic planning and fundraising leadership for non profit organisations in Ireland and across Europe. 

One of a handful of Irish professional fundraisers to hold both the Certificate in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising UK and the Diploma in Fundraising Management from Fundraising Ireland (now Charities Institute Ireland) Kevin, having studied under Adrian Seargent, the world’s leading academic in fundraising and philanthropy, now regularly teaches fundraising and delivers workshops in Ireland and internationally. Equipped with a detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of fundraising Kevin is also a highly skilled motivator of staff and volunteers and enjoys mentoring fundraisers to help them achieve. 


Apply to the Fundraising Leadership Collective

The Fundraising Leadership Collective is now accepting applications for 2020. Applicants will be asked to complete a short statement of purpose prior to acceptance. 

The cost of the programme is €2,000 per member.

Contact for more information.

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