Free fundraising workshops for local artists

Fundraising experts Janet Reeve (left) and Anita McKegg of fundraising consultancy GivingWorks will present at the free events | GivingWorks

Artists and arts organisations of the Queenstown Lakes District can learn how to attract funding via two free workshops this month.

Organised by arts advocacy body the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, the workshops will be held in Queenstown on March 24 and Wānaka on March 25. They will include presentations by fundraising experts Janet Reeve and Anita McKegg of fundraising consultancy GivingWorks, as well as Glenorchy-based Three Lakes Cultural Trust board member Leslie Van Gelder.

Three Lakes Cultural Trust chair Bill Moran said the free workshops would provide a rare opportunity for local artists and arts and culture organisations to learn how to achieve their funding goals in 2020.

 “One of the most significant challenges our artists and creatives face in the Queenstown Lakes District is lack of funding,” he said. “The aim of these workshops is not only to inform and educate our arts people about what funding sources and options are available but to provide guidance on how to access them.

 “GivingWorks has vast experience in this area, having worked on some of New Zealand’s largest fundraising campaigns. This knowledge will help to empower those in the Queenstown Lakes arts sector to develop a personal strategy to achieve necessary funding in order to sustainably continue their craft.”

 The workshops will offer practical advice around fundraising, including how to tell compelling stories and present costs to potential donors based on real New Zealand case studies. 

The Wānaka workshop will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the Wānaka Community Hub. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-in, first-served basis. Those interested can register by emailing by Friday, March 13.



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