Inspiring Fundraising: A digital toolkit

Inspiring Fundraising: A digital toolkit

A new interactive digital toolkit - 'Inspiring Fundraising' - has been unveiled to help people working in Scotland’s heritage sector to develop their fundraising skills. The launch follows the conclusion earlier this year of a four-year training programme, Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage (RSH), specifically designed to build up knowledge and skills in fundraising within the heritage sector.

Funded by The National Lottery and led by independent charity Arts & Business Scotland, in partnership with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland, the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage programme successfully delivered fundraising training and advice to 804 individuals from more than 519 heritage organisations throughout Scotland between its launch in 2014 and its conclusion in March 2018.

Carl Watt & Ian Gardner at Rosslyn Chapel for launch of Inspiring Fundraising digital toolkit

Carl Watt, Head of Programmes, Arts & Business Scotland, and Ian Gardner, Director, Rosslyn Chapel, at the launch for the Inspiring Fundraising digital toolkit. Click here to read the full press release.


About the digital toolkit

‘Inspiring Fundraising’ is an online resource that encapsulates many key elements of the training delivered through the RSH programme, using a combination of films, animations and case studies in a range of accessible formats, including British Sign Language and audio-description. It offers users a step-by-step guide to effective fundraising, from understanding the principles of fundraising to developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy.

Covering everything from crowdfunding to legacies and from writing a case for support to creating a charitable trust, the toolkit also provides access to a variety of sources of further information, training and advice. It has been made possible through expert input from a wide variety of organisations from across Scotland’s heritage sector, including the Abbotsford Trust, Glasgow Women’s Library, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Dundee Heritage Trust.


To access the ‘Inspiring Fundraising’ digital toolkit, visit 


Further support

• For heritage sector advice and training on all aspects of fundraising, sponsorship and governance, visit Arts & Business Scotland

• For built environment policy support and advocacy advice, visit Built Environment Forum Scotland

• For museums and galleries support and advice, visit Museums Galleries Scotland

• For support and advice on archaeology and bringing Scotland’s past to life, visit Archaeology Scotland

• For advice on the planning, development and sustainable management of our greenspaces and parks, visit greenspace scotland