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  

Running successful fundraising events

29 June 2016     Colwyn Bay
6 July 2016        Llandrindod Wells
12 July 2016      Cardiff

Increase the potential of heritage organisations to organise fundraising events to provide a sustainable funding stream.

This course will take a marketing approach to developing successful fundraising events. It will look at how to go about planning, promoting and delivering events to raise money from individuals, organisations and the community.

It is intended for those new to fundraising and those with some experience, wanting to learn more about how to use fundraising events to increase awareness and income, to provide a sustainable funding stream for your organisation.

Target group: Trustees, staff and volunteers in heritage organisations including museums, libraries, archives and environmental/ natural heritage organisations.

Learning outcomes:

By attending this course you will be able to:

  • Understand supporters' motivations
  • Develop appealing fundraising ideas
  • Plan, promote and deliver fundraising events
  • Make a profit (return on investment)
  • Be safe and accountable

Running a profitable heritage shop (Level: Beginners)

14 September 2016      Aberystwyth
22 September 2016      Wrexham       
6 October2016              Newport

Provide heritage organisations with a practical introduction to the key aspects of operating a successful retail outlet in a museum or heritage site

Learning outcomes:

By attending this course you will be able to:

  • Develop a planned approach to buying and product selection
  • Appreciate the importance of visual merchandising and display
  • Understand the financial aspects of retail management including key performance indicators
  • Understand the importance of selling and its vital role in the success of  a heritage shop

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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