About Apollo Fundraising

Apollo Fundraising provides consultancy, training and support to help arts and culture organisations to achieve their fundraising goals. Whether you are looking to raise money for a specific campaign or project, grow your core funding or starting fundraising from scratch, we can help!

Our areas of expertise include developing fundraising strategies for revenue, project and capital costs (including Heritage Lottery Fund campaigns), building individual giving and legacy programmes and helping organisations to identify their best prospects.

Our experience includes raising private income for a wide range of arts and culture organisations, including opera houses, historic buildings, theatres, orchestras, music festivals, museums and art galleries.

You can find out about some of the organisations we are working with here.

About David Burgess - Director

David is an experienced fundraiser specialising in securing support for the arts and culture sector. Prior to setting up Apollo Fundraising, he helped to raise philanthropic support for a range of arts organisations, including Manchester Camerata, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Glyndebourne and English Touring Opera. During this time David secured 5-and 6- figure gifts from Trusts for revenue appeals and capital projects. He also increased Individual and Legacy giving while at English Touring Opera.

David moved into consultancy in February 2015, initially as a fundraising consultant and trainer with the Management Centre (=mc), before founding Apollo Fundraising in Spring 2016. David continues to be a course leader on the National Arts Fundraising School.

David’s areas of expertise include writing fundraising strategies, developing individual giving programmes, securing funding from trusts, foundations and statutory sources, developing legacy fundraising and integrating digital channels to support fundraising strategies.

In 2014 David was awarded the Highly Commended prize at the Legacy10 Award’s for Excellence. In 2016 he was named as one of the UK’s “Top 25 Fundraisers under 35” by Civil Society’s Fundraising Magazine.

David is a regular speaker at conferences, both in the UK and internationally. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network’s Professional Development sub-committee, a Charity Connect Champion and a Trustee of Fabrica, a contemporary art gallery in Brighton.

David’s current projects include:

  • Providing fundraising training for 15 museums in the East of England, helping them to increase income from individual giving and Trusts
  • Writing the fundraising strategy for the HLF-backed restoration of a Grade II listed theatre in the North of England
  • Identifying opportunities for a music organisation based in London to increase income as part of an organisational change programme

You can find out more about David’s current projects and other Apollo Fundraising clients here.

Email: david.burgess@apollofundraising.com

Phone: +44(0)7745 033699

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Sponsorship and CSR

At Apollo Fundraising we think it is important to practice what we preach. In addition to making donations to a range of causes, we are delighted to be partnering with the following organisations: