Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

New Forest Centre

Client: New Forest Centre

• The New Forest Centre (NFC) inspires its visitors to explore and value the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences.

Project

• In 2017, the NFC, secured HLF Transition Funding to undertake a comprehensive organisational and business review with a number of interlinked programme strands including business planning, trustee and governance review, fundraising, marketing and branding.
• The project was precipitated by a decision of the Trustees to remove admission charges.

How we helped

• CCN working closely with Trustees devised a workable Fundraising strategy, taking into account the limited resource and experience of the staff team. The strategy worked together with the Business Plan to anticipate the funding gap and how this would progressively be filled by effective fundraising.
• CCN undertook fundraising training for Trustees and staff, looking at possible funding sources, ranging from Trusts and Foundations to individual giving and legacies.
• CCN worked with volunteers to improve the level of donations received from visitors following on from the removal of admission charges, this resulted in a 50% increase in donations after 3 months.
• CCN compiled a compelling case for support which could then be used by staff and Trustees when making applications.
• CCN completed example funding applications which could be drawn on to be used in future applications by a volunteer fundraiser who came forward during the consultancy.

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