Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising | Cairns

Zoe Graham, State Manager for QLD


Zoe Graham, State Manager for QLD



9.00am - 4.00pm AEST, 6 March 2023


$100 +GST


Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns

Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising

Understand the foundations of arts fundraising to build greater sustainability for your arts organisations or arts practice.

Registrations for our Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising workshop are now open to arts organisations and individual artists based in Cairns and surrounding North Queensland regions.

The Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising workshop is ideal for arts organisations and artists looking for the know-how, confidence and inspiration to kickstart or grow income from philanthropy, donors, and business partners.

Join colleagues in your cultural sector gaining insights into national trends; reviewing essential fundraising principles including the differences between sponsorship and philanthropy; how to be fundraising ready; and strategic insights into crowdfunding, donor circles and trusts & foundations. The course will also explain how to find, retain and build relationships creating long term support using best practice stewardship.

The course will cover the opportunities and resources provided by the Australian Cultural Fund as well as outline matched funding programs provided by Creative Partnerships.

This workshop is ideal for:

  • Arts professionals who want to learn the basics of arts fundraising, philanthropy and sponsorship
  • Arts professionals with some fundraising experience and knowledge
  • Board members of arts organisations interested in diversifying their organisation’s income streams

This interactive workshop will cover:

  • Business partnerships
  • Philanthropy
  • How to make your organisation fundraising ready
  • Building a case for support
  • Fundraising strategies
  • How to develop a fundraising plan

And includes lunch, snacks and coffee/tea.

This is a chance to connect with your peers and learn from Christina Chaim, your State Manager for NSW, who will provide local perspective, case studies and insights on how to implement what you’ve learned.


“The Creative Partnerships ‘Fundamentals of Fundraising’ workshop was a valuable opportunity to consolidate my on-the-job learning as an emerging fundraiser. From the workshop I gained a better understanding of the ‘bigger picture’ of fundraising, which I have applied every day in my role.” – Sophia Halloway, National Gallery of Australia

“Attending the Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising was a really insightful experience, providing me with the knowledge and tools required to refresh our company’s private fundraising strategy” – Katy Green Loughrey, Powerhouse Youth Theatre

About the presenter


With a background in arts management, fundraising, partnerships, commercial enterprise and marketing, Zoe Graham holds a wealth of strategic and operational experience across artforms including festivals, dance and visual arts. Zoe is a highly engaging fundraiser and advocate for the arts, and a skilled coach and mentor.

Zoe’s experience encompasses development and general management roles in regional and metro-based arts organisations including Horizon Festival (Sunshine Coast Council), Qld Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, and Woodford Folk Festival.

As a member of the Executive Leadership teams at both Museum of Contemporary Art and Queensland Ballet, Zoe led large multi-disciplinary teams to achieve strong financial results across philanthropy, corporate partnerships, enterprise activities, and audience development programs.

Zoe’s understanding of a wide range of artforms and operating models is coupled with a passion for nurturing strong creative relationships between artists, arts organisations, audiences and the private sector.