Knowledge Series 2


11:30am - 1pm AEST,


$40 per session.



Creative Partnerships' Knowledge Series returns

Creative Partnerships Knowledge Series is a master course of eight online seminars in arts fundraising.

Presented by leading Australian and international experts, the webinars cover essential fundraising topics contextualised and relevant to the unique Australian cultural landscape.

At 90 minutes each, the intensive sessions are perfectly structured to complement the high-demand work practices of fundraising professionals with short, monthly sessions designed to provide tangible value, immediately applicable to the workplace.

Who should participate?

Fundraising professionals, executives, Artistic Directors, Board members and CEOs seeking to enhance their knowledge in fundraising and build their skill set for the Australian arts and cultural sector.

The Knowledge Series is carefully tailored to be applicable for professionals at varied levels of experience and expertise, and is structured into two program streams: the Development Stream and the Leadership Stream

Professionals can book into either stream of four sessions, the entire program of eight sessions, or select individual sessions across the program, building your knowledge and expertise in discrete areas.

The Development Stream

  • Pro-Active Bequest Strategies for Arts Companies
    Andrew Sabatino, Donor Republic (AUS)
  • Corporate Partnerships in 2021 and Beyond
    Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann, Stellar Partnerships (AUS)
  • Effective Donor Cultivation
    Jimmy Buck, Deakin University (AUS)
  • Tax and Tips for Arts Fundraisers
    Presented by Creative Partnerships Australia, The Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Australian Tax Office

The Leadership Stream

  • Coaching and Mentoring Strategies
    Elayne Verner, Steople (AUS)
  • Storyliving: Creating Transformational Major Donor Experiences
    Tammy Zonker (USA)
  • Transforming your Fundraising through Decision Science
    Bernard Ross and Dana Segal, National Arts Fundraising School (UK)
  • Seven Steps to Capital Campaign Success
    Tammy Zonker (USA)

More information on sessions can be found in the program and below.


Jimmy Buck (AUS)
Deakin University

Jimmy is the Chief Advancement Officer at Deakin University. He started his career as a student, co-chairing Boston University’s class gift campaign, raising US$100,000 from graduates. At the University of Sydney, Jimmy led advancement services, alumni relations and development teams in higher education and medical philanthropy. His leadership role generated income for the $1 billion INSPIRED campaign, the largest philanthropic campaign in Australian higher education.  Jimmy brings experience from Boston University, the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and the University of Sydney.


Sharon Dann (AUS)
Stellar Partnerships

Sharon been in love with fundraising and the NFP sector for almost two decades. Starting her career in 2001 as a backpacking fundraiser, she then started her own face-to-face fundraising business. Her breadth of experience encompasses gifts, trusts and foundations, specialising in corporate partnerships. She is expert in winning, nurturing and growing corporate partnerships, raising millions of dollars for the organisations she has worked with. She is passionate about improving the capability of the sector, finding the solution to your organisation’s complex problems using corporate partnerships.


Linda Garnett (AUS)
Stellar Partnerships

Linda has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership and strategic management roles in the corporate sector in the UK, Canada, Japan and Australia. She has been responsible for billion-dollar deals, new strategic directions of businesses and innovative partnerships. She has worked in the NFP sector developing shared value partnerships, with organisations such as Save the Children, headspace, World Vision, febfast and Cancer Council. Linda is passionate about achieving positive social outcomes through collaboration between corporates and NFPs.


Bernard Ross (UK)
National Arts Fundraising School

Director of the UK’s National Arts Fundraising School and of =mc consulting, Bernard has written six award winning books on strategy, fundraising and social change including Change for Good – Behavioural Economics for a Better World with Omar Mahmoud. He has two new books including Making the Ask on the behavioural science of solicitation. Tate Gallery and the Science Museum NGOs including UNICEF, UNHCR, IFRC, ICRC and MSF/DWB. He’s raised money to refurbish France’s most famous monument; a museum to house the world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina; and to save the last 800 great apes in Africa.


Andrew Sabatino (AUS)
Donor Republic

Andrew is co-Founder and Director of Donor Republic, one of Australia’s leading fundraising agencies. Previously he led Guide Dogs SA/NT to significant fundraising growth over seven years from $1m to $9m. He later chaired the Guide Dogs Australia Fundraising Committee with annual income growing from $53m to $87m. He is a past state and national winner of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fundraiser of the year award.


Dana Segal (UK)
National Arts Fundraising School

Dana is the Deputy Director of the National Arts Fundraising School and a senior partner at =mc consulting. As a leading expert in the cultural and creative industries, Dana has helped a wide range of cultural institutions raise more and better funds, including Southbank Centre (UK), Charles Dickens Museum (UK) and Cuban Ministry of Culture (Cuba), through to grassroots organisations and artists including the vacuum cleaner (UK) and Zaluso Arts (Malawi). Dana is an award-winning Chair of Emergency Exit Arts, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network, and Curator of #ArtsSummit.


Elayne Verner (AUS)

Elayne is an Organisational Development Specialist with extensive global experience, and a deep appreciation of organisational challenges and opportunities. She delivers high-impact people solutions in leadership development, talent management, and coaching of employees at all levels. Elayne shares high-level strategic approaches and pragmatic, hands-on coaching and consulting. She focuses on coaching positive behaviour change, personal effectiveness, performance improvement and goal setting. She is passionate about creating sustainable change at both an individual and organisational level, with strong emphasis on authenticity, performance, and personal well-being.


Tammy Zonker (USA)

Tammy Zonker is recognised as one of America’s top 25 fundraising experts. She is an inspiring international speaker and trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy. She has trained, coached, and led NFP teams to raise more than half a billion dollars including a single gift of US$27million. When not speaking at conferences or fundraising, she’s leading webinars, online masterclasses, private workshops, and retreats or training her online membership community of Fundraising Transformers.