'Evolve' is our annual year-long professional development programme, featuring a flagship mentoring scheme.


The Evolve Programme aims to equip early-career arts fundraisers with the advice, networks, and peer support that they need to succeed. Our aim is to help foster a resilient workforce equipped with the tools they need to build a strong and thriving sector for years to come.

The programme runs from September to June, and applications typically open in Spring.

Evolve is run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network. From 2018 - 2023, Evolve was funded by Arts Council England, as part of the CIoF's RAISE: Arts, Culture and Heritage programme.

Questions? Please get in touch with YAF's Head of Mentoring at mentoring@youngartsfundraisers.org.

Testimonials #YAF

Click to listen to interviews with participants about their mentoring experience

Rosie Gitsham
  • I feel like my mentor really cares about my career development and really wants to help me make progress. She has been really generous in sharing her experiences and resources and her honesty has helped me make important decisions.
Sarah Jones
  • Being part of the YAF mentoring programme has made a huge difference to my career as a fundraiser. Having the support and advice of an experienced venue fundraiser has developed my confidence and given me a sense of direction within my career.


The YAF and RAISE Mentoring Scheme is a fantastic opportunity to improve and extend my fundraising skills, by receiving dedicated support from people who are very good at it. I've learned so much, so far!

I feel so much more confident and driven because of the support of my mentor, and much clearer on what I want from my fundraising career. I'd recommend the scheme to anyone!

As part of the programme, participants benefit from:

Application Materials

Applications for Evolve 2024-25 are open until 11.59pm, Thursday 18th July 2024. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified, and find out more about the programme below.

Evolve Publicity

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Evolve Participants

See who was selected for our current and previous cohorts