Training & Events

The role of the Board in fundraising

Andrew Perry, 2020

Fundraising is an important item on any board agenda in the culture sector and key to the success of the organisation. As a trustee, how can you help and what do you need to know? Catriona Reynolds gives essential guidance in this two-hour session.

As a board member, your role is to ensure there are sufficient resources to pursue the organisation’s aims and objectives, and that any fundraising carried out is done effectively, legally and responsibly. But what else can you do – how can you help the fundraising activity itself?  What do you need to know?

This early evening session, led by Culture & Business Scotland’s Head of Governance & Engagement, explores:

  • Your responsibilities when it comes to fundraising
  • Is your organisation compliant with fundraising standards and regulations?
  • What you need to know about fundraising
  • Do you know where your own organisation’s funding comes from and how it is secured?
  • Is your fundraising activity sufficiently resourced?
  • Thoughts on sources of funding to suit your organisation’s needs – what might work (and what might not!)
  • How you can help the fundraising activity – and what the staff team expect of you

Ideal if… you are a trustee or board member wanting to know more about your fundraising responsibilities, or if you are the member of the staff team charged with fundraising and would like some help in putting across to the board the nature of the fundraising role.

Looking for more governance information? Follow the link to our  Governance resources.

This workshop helped me to see the big picture much more clearly.
Session participant, Eastgate Theatre

Meet the trainer

Catriona Reynolds

Head of Board Development, Culture & Business Scotland

Joining Culture & Business Scotland in 2007, Catriona’s role is to support capacity building in the culture sector, particularly in the areas of governance and management, through specialist skills training and engaging business organisations to share skills with arts and heritage organisations.

Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship at Scottish Opera for 10 years prior to joining us, Catriona also worked with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, with a range of membership responsibilities. A graduate in History of Art from the University of Aberdeen, she began her career as a paintings valuer with Philiips Fine Art Auctioneers. Catriona is a formidably experienced board member in the charitable sector and is currently Chair of the The Royal Society for the Support of Women in Scotland, a Director of Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival) and Chair of Kelvin Choir.


Date: Coming soon
£40 +VAT for members (Culture),
£65 +VAT for members (Business),
£65 +VAT for members (Culture),
£100 +VAT for non-members (Business)
Category: Board Matters


Catriona Reynolds



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