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LIFT Arts Fundraising Mentoring Program

In 2019/20, Creative Partnerships Australia supported 11 Australian arts organisations through the LIFT Arts Fundraising Mentoring Program. This mentoring program offered a unique opportunity for organisations to work with an experienced arts fundraiser to develop and realise strategic goals. These mentorships were particularly important and welcome during COVID-19.

The 11 recipient arts organisations for 2019/20 were:

  • 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne (VIC)
  • Abbotsford Convent Foundation (VIC)
  • Arena Theatre Company (VIC)
  • Canberra International Music Festival (ACT)
  • Circa Contemporary Circus (QLD)
  • Metro Arts (QLD)
  • Monash Gallery of Art (VIC)
  • Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NSW)
  • Omega Ensemble (NSW)
  • Shoalhaven Regional Gallery (NSW)
  • Shopfront Arts Co-op (NSW)

“The LIFT mentorship has provided new perspectives on how we can better connect with supporters of 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, from our on-air and online listenership to our patrons and sponsors. In particular, the invaluable advice adopted from inspirational mentors has allowed 3MBS to further position itself at the forefront of Melbourne’s fine music community and reinforces its relevance as part of this city’s cultural landscape.”
Steven Pyke
Philanthropy Manager, 3MBS, mentored by Caroline Sharpen, CEO, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

“Creative Partnerships Australia’s LIFT mentorship has connected us with sector leaders in the development space. What has been especially inspiring is that all the mentors work for organisations whose fundraising programs started from humble beginnings. I have appreciated the support, strategic advice and encouragement provided by our mentor Sandra Robertson, and look forward to the long-term impact of the changes we are making because of LIFT.”
Shaun Comerford
Executive Director, CIRCA, mentored by Sandra Robertson, Director of Fundraising, Breast Cancer Network Australia, previously at Melbourne Recital Centre

“The LIFT mentorship has given Metro Arts access to leading thinkers in philanthropy in the arts at a crucial time for the organisation. Our one-on- one relationship with Malcolm Moir proved invaluable as we undertake a once in a generation shift with the set-up of the Metro Arts Future Fund. Metro Arts is securing the future for our community of artists, cultural producers, and audiences. The LIFT mentorship has given us a solid foundation and framework to achieve our goals in this regard.”
Genevieve Trace
Development and Partnerships Officer, Metro Arts, mentored by Malcolm Moir, Consultan

LIFT has had a valuable impact on MGA as an organisation, particularly during the turbulent period we are now in, when philanthropy is even more vital. Having the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on different approaches, events, ideas and communications has been extremely useful and has helped us to stay engaged with donors at such a pivotal time.”
Lara Goode
Development and Sponsorship Coordinator, Monash Gallery of Art, mentored by Jill Colvin, Director of Philanthropy, Australian Chamber Orchestra

“Through this program our organisation has taken a significant leap forward in our development strategy. While other resources available might outline steps to success, they can’t respond to our own ideas or the unique challenges facing our organisation. Working with a mentor does exactly that. Janine Collins has not only provided us with valuable advice gained from her own experience, but also the necessary motivation and confidence to try out new ideas.”
David Boyce
General Manager, Omega Ensemble, mentored by Janine Collins, Cultural Strategist, J9 Consulting

“The mentorship has been such an incredible opportunity. We have learned so much and had some incredible lightbulb moments while gaining real clarity. The program has enabled Shopfront to create the scaffolding for a sustainable long-term giving program, with a combination of overarching principles and short- term concrete goals. Kenneth Watkins has been an inspiration; challenging us to reframe our thinking and supporting us to create organisational change. Learning from the man who literally wrote the book on philanthropy in the arts has been a gift for Shopfront and we feel so fortunate to have been part of the program, thank you!”
Cathy Nisbet
Development Manager, Shopfront Arts, mentored by Kenneth Watkins, Philanthropy Director, The Australian Ballet