Young Arts Fundraisers (YAF) is a peer-and volunteer-led professional network for early-career fundraisers in the arts sector.

Overview

YAF runs a year-round programme of networking events, platform conversations, Q&As and interactive workshops, as well as a flagship mentoring programme, Evolve.

All activity is designed to support the professional development of individuals in the first five years of fundraising. Our mission is to equip fundraisers with the appropriate skills, mentoring and support networks that will enable them, and the sector, to thrive.

YAF’s mission can be summarised into three key pillars:

Connecting.
through a year-round programme of online and in-person events nationwide...
Learning.
by creating a platform of news and insights...
Mentoring.
with a flagship programme that facilitates at least 20 new professional relationships every year...

Founded in 2016#YAF

YAF is a non-profit organisation led by four Directors, who are supported by a group of ten Board Members. New Directors are recruited every two years, with previous leadership staying on in an advisory capacity for a third year.

The Team

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Emma Alexandra
  • Director of National Development
  • Senior Public Fundraiser (Community & Events) at Scope

Based in Chichester, Emma has always been a champion of the arts. Beginning her career working within the live music industry, Emma moved over to work in the charity sector. With experience in managing event portfolios to event development & public fundraising roles. As a music lover Emma is a drummer & guitarist, though with a keen passion for spoken word, Emma is a Trustee for the Chichester based spoken word charitable trust – Words Out Loud.

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Analiese Jackson
  • Director of Communications
  • Senior Stewardship Manager at London Business School

Originally from New Zealand, and with over nine years’ experience in the education sector, Analiese is currently the Senior Stewardship Manager at London Business School. Her career has expanded across roles in communications, marketing, and donor engagement. Analiese has always found herself drawn to roles where she has been surrounded by artistic and creative talent. Previous roles include Supporter Engagement Manager at the Royal Academy of Music, Senior Communications Manager at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, New Zealand, and Communications and Content Manager at Media Design School. Analiese is especially passionate about creating compelling content that resonates with donors and supporters in a way that is authentic and engaging.

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Tabitha Moore
  • Director, Professional Development
  • Development Manager, Individual Giving at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Tabitha has worked at several arts venues in the South East of England, fundraising across all income streams, but with a focus on Individual Giving and Events. She recently moved to Wales and is now based in Cardiff. Tabitha joined YAF in January 2020 as part of the National Development team before moving over to Professional Development in 2022. She is passionate about signposting fundraising as a career and ensuring there are learning opportunities in the cultural sector to retain and upskill fundraisers.

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Rebecca White
  • Director of Events and Operations
  • Individual Giving and Legacies Manager at Over The Wall Children's Charity

Rebecca is based in Hampshire and has over ten years experience across the arts, culture, and fundraising, specialising in events and individual giving. Her background is in museums and galleries, and her experience also includes community fundraising, managing volunteers, and digital marketing. Rebecca is passionate about improving accessibility to arts and culture. She joined YAF in summer 2022 and is looking forward to connecting with fundraisers from across the sector.

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Hannah Tookey
  • Board Member (Head of Mentoring), Professional Development
  • Independent Producer (This Little Rock & Upstart Theatre)

As a producer and fundraiser, Hannah works across theatre and live performance, film, audio, digital arts and games, with a focus on impact producing. At the heart of all of her projects is an urgent or timely contemporary social or political issue. She is a Trustee for imagine if Theatre Company, a Churchill Fellow for the arts and social justice, an RSA Fellow, and an alumnus of The Clore Emerging Leaders Course. As a previous YAF x RAISE mentee herself, she was eager to join YAF’s Board in 2020 to support the further growth and development of our mentoring programme.

Eve Alderson
  • BOARD MEMBER, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Individual Giving Manager at Science Museum Group

Based in York, Eve is currently Individual Giving Manager at the Science Museum Group, having previously held the role of Philanthropy Executive at the National Railway Museum. Eve began her fundraising career in 2022 and is fuelled by a passion for arts and culture, further honed by her master’s in Museum Studies which she completed in 2021. As a current YAF x RAISE mentee, Eve is excited to be joining the YAF board to support the further development of the mentoring programme for other early career fundraisers like herself.

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Jonathan Gunson
  • Board Member, Professional Development
  • Freelance Researcher and Consultant

Jonathan is a researcher with a particular speciality in arts philanthropy, having completed his doctorate in this area. He has worked in the cultural sector in a practical sense in events across Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Strasbourg, and Prague, and studied in Edinburgh, Maastricht, and Coventry, as well as working on cultural policy in Brussels. His particular passion in the arts is in the performing arts. He hopes that by bringing together his research background in arts philanthropy and his practical background across the cultural sector that he can help cultural organisations, in particular in their understanding of the landscape of arts philanthropy and fundraising.

Kat Themans
  • BOARD MEMBER, EVENTS AND OPERATIONS
  • Fundraising Officer at Barts Charity

Kat is based in London and works in major gifts in the healthcare sector. Kat has a Master's in Applied Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama, with a focus on outreach and accessible theatre, which greatly influences her work. Kat has been involved in various theatre companies and venues across the UK. Joining YAF in Spring 2024, she looks forward to connecting with fundraisers across the sector.

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Georgia Perkins
  • BOARD MEMBER, Professional Development
  • Philanthropy Manager at The National Portrait Gallery

Based in London, Georgia is Philanthropy Manager at The National Portrait Gallery, which combines her love of history, art and culture. Georgia has always worked in individual giving/trust fundraising but started her career in the charity sector working for health/mental health charities, and has always had a passion for people and relationship building. Georgia joined the Professional Development Team at YAF in 2024 and is looking forward to making new connections across the sector.

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Noa Jorge
  • Board Member, Events and Operations
  • Community and Events Fundraising Coordinator at Scope

Noa was raised in Luxembourg but is natively Portuguese and has over ten years of experience in personal fundraising. Based in London, she’s always been an avid supporter of the arts and spends a lot of her free time painting acrylics, creating new digital artworks and exploring national art galleries. Holding a master’s in Literature, Noa is very passionate about languages, and speaks six including French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Luxembourgish and English. As a keen fundraiser, Noa takes part in yearly sports challenges such as marathons to raise funds for different charities. After completing her second master’s in International Relations, Noa moved into the charity sector where she helps coordinate events and community fundraisers.

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Alex Williams
  • Board Member, National Development
  • Development and Partnerships Manager at Hope Mill Theatre

Previously a trained contemporary dancer performing around and the UK and internationally, Alex is now based in Manchester and has worked in a variety of arts organisations for the last 5 years. Alex now works within individual, regular and public giving and between 2021-2022 Alex was a part of the Creative UK advisory board. Alex joins the YAF National Development board from October 2022.

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Shania Selvendran
  • BOARD MEMBER, COMMUNICATIONS
  • Communications & Development Assistant at Punchdrunk Enrichment I Fundraising Assistant at Oily Cart

Shania is an arts fundraiser with a passion for cultivating funding support towards multi-disciplinary artistic projects that celebrate the imagination, empower accessibility and fosters creative innovation. She currently works at theatre & education charity Punchdrunk Enrichment, supporting at an exciting time in the company’s history with their brand new co-created immersive venue in Wembley. Also, she works for a fantastic sensory theatre charity, Oily Cart. Shania is thrilled to be part of the family at YAF that is driving positive action in the UK arts economy.

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Ilaria Pizzichemi
  • Board Members, Communications
  • Development Manager at Hampstead Theatre

After an early career in the publishing and communications sectors, Ilaria has worked in arts fundraising for over nine years, with particular focus on theatre companies and performing arts venues. Originally from Italy, she is passionate about inclusivity in the creative sector and in fundraising as a profession, as well as in the power of the arts as agent for change. She joined YAF in 2021 as Board Member in the Communications team.

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Lucy Pratt
  • Board Member, Communications
  • Programmes & Development Coordinator, Cause4

Lucy joins Young Arts Fundraisers with over 4 years experience in the visual arts sector. She is currently Programmes and Development Manager at Cause4 – previous roles include Digital Marketing Manager at The Shirley Sherwood Collection (The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), Art Researcher at Artelier Arts Consultancy and Creative Producer at Creative Youth Network. Prior to this, Lucy gained a First Class honours degree in Liberal Arts from The University of Bristol. She has acted as a Young Ambassador for The Royal West of England Academy, Young Advisor for Visual Arts South West and Young Advisory Board Member for Creative Youth Network. She has a vested interest in access and inclusivity in the creative sector, and this informs many of her professional goals.

Our Partners

YAF works with a number of partners across the sector to promote and deliver our work and to ensure that the voices and priorities of early-career fundraisers are heard in the wider sector.

JGA

The JGA Group is a well-established independent training provider, with a vision to empower people to develop their futures. We are delighted to have partnered with JGA to highlight their new Fundraising apprenticeship, designed to advance the practice of those working full-time or part-time in fundraising.

The programme has been developed and is delivered by fundraisers who have decades of experience in practical and strategic fundraising for small and large charities. Interactive online seminars led by expert tutors are combined with research tasks and individual study, as well as real-time workplace activities and regular skills coaching.

For full details on courses download the catalogue here

Please get in touch with us to receive an exclusive referral code to highlight your association to YAF when applying.

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