Fundraising training for heritage organisations funded by HLF, and run by WCVA in partnership with CyMAL and the Funding Centre.

Catalyst Cymru

Catalyst Cymru - Heritage Fundraising provides learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers in heritage organisations in Wales.  These learning interventions are designed to upskill and increase the confidence, competency and effectiveness in fundraising of staff and volunteers, so that they can increase their organisations' funding from private donors, corporate sources and trusts and foundations.

Recognising that people learn in different ways, Catalyst Cymru provides a diverse range of learning opportunities for staff and volunteers of all skills experience, expertise and knowledge. The learning opportunities in the second year include:

  • Training courses
  • Workshops 
  • Networking events
  • Action learning sets
  • Executive coaching 
  • Organisation visits
  • Online learning resources-WCVA's Learning Zone

Catalyst Cymru also offer delegates telephone and email access to our expert trainers following attendance at events.


Catalyst Cymru's training runs at locations throughout Wales, so you will always be able to find something suitable close to you. The training is for participants of all skills, experience and knowledge.

Our training incorporates a mix of presentations, case studies, practical group work and discussion.

The programme is supported by WCVA's Learning Zone, an exciting online learning resource available to heritage organisations in Wales. 

Learners will be able to access resources prior to training and after attending an event.

Specific resources can also be made available to those learners unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, who still want to find out more about sustainable funding. 

Please see below for details of upcoming courses. To book a place complete and return an application form to or contact Helpdesk on 0800 2888 329

Fees are £20 per person for 1 day courses £10 per person for ½ day courses. Our networking, action learning sets and organisation visits are FREE  

Demonstrating your impact - Designing an evaluation that works for you

8 February 2017 - Rhyl
16 February 2017 - Cardiff

The course has a practical focus and aims to enable participants to demonstrate the impact of their work. It aims to provide participants with the confidence, knowledge and skills to plan and carry out a simple evaluation of a project or piece of work they are involved in, and to demonstrate the difference they are making.


  • Setting the context. Brief overview of various approaches to evaluation and of the purposes of summative and formative evaluations.
  • Planning an evaluation. Things to think about when planning your own evaluation.
  • Tools for evaluation. Overview of tools and techniques to gather information, and what they can be used for e.g. questionnaires, part structured interviews, participatory techniques.
  • Making sure your findings are robust. A few simple things you can do to help ensure your findings are valid.
  • Analysing the findings. How to analyse and interpret information from quantitative and qualitative tools (e.g. structured questionnaires and interviews).

The course will be interactive, and will use a mix of discussion and group exercises as well as information inputs.  The emphasis will be on the practical aspects of carrying out evaluation and demonstrating impact.

Learning outcomes

  • Feel confident they are able to plan an effective evaluation to suit their purpose.
  • Be able to select appropriate tools and techniques for use in their evaluation.
  • Feel confident in analysing and drawing conclusions from simple quantitative and qualitative data.

Target group
The course is for people working in the heritage or environmental sectors who need to carry out evaluations of various aspects of their work and who have little or no knowledge of evaluation.

Bespoke training

Need to get your Fundraising in order, but unable to attend on the above dates? Don't worry. We can arrange bespoke training sessions for you.  You decide where the training will be held; what subjects your sessions will cover, how and when they would like training to delivered and we'll organise it for you. Again, availability is limited-get in touch to discuss your training requirements as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Organisation visits-Fully Funded-Up to £1,000 available per organisation!

Provide your heritage organisations with the opportunity to visit and learn from other flagship organisations who have achieved fundraising success.

Learning outcomes
Your organisation will:

  • Learn from flagship heritage organisations with firsthand experience of successful fundraising
  • Learn about the key issues to consider when adopting new income streams
  • Give you the opportunity to discuss fundraising issues facing your organisation and find out how other heritage organisations have overcome them

 For more information, contact Richard Roberts on 01970 631148.

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