development partners

For 15 years we have provided fundraising and communications consultancy to over 100 heritage, arts and cultural organisations.

We help our clients with audits and feasibility studies, fundraising and communications strategies, training and mentoring. Whether you've fundraised before or are starting from scratch, we can show you how to make the best use of your resources.
Fundraising management
We are fundraising practitioners. Our team of experts has years of 'frontline' experience in a wide range of not-for-profit organisations. We can support individual fundraising activities by preparing your case for support, researching prospects, applying for grants, drawing up cultivation plans for major gifts, drafting and negotiating sponsorship arrangements and corporate partnerships, and implementing a communications strategy that supports your fundraising objectives. Or, we can plan and manage your entire campaign.
Grant applications
If you don't have the experience or the time to make the most of available grants, outsourcing this vital area of fundraising activity can be practical and cost effective. Our team has extensive experience and an excellent track record of success in securing funds from private trusts and foundations and statutory sources such as the Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.

some of our work

Brooklands Museum is home to the world’s first, purpose-built motor racing track and Europe’s most prolific aircraft manufacturing location, covering 80 years from the first aviators to the design and production of Concorde.

The William Morris Society and the Emery Walker Trust are concerned with the Arts and Crafts Movement and two significant Victorian figures.

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RT @StBarbeMuseum: To watch launch of #TheBoldreHoard appeal follow @thehistoryguy Dan Snow on @periscopeco & read more in this week's @Lym… — 6 weeks 6 days ago
RT @BrionyLeylandtv: A pleasure to meet some fierce Romans & Dan Snow @thehistoryguy @StBarbeMuseum who want to bring treasure to #lymingto… — 6 weeks 6 days ago
You guys did an amazing job - really impressed. Thank you! weeks 6 days ago


Donation boxes can be a source of significant income and also reinforce the charitable nature of a museum. Development Partners has written the first in a series of ‘Quick Guides’ published by the Association of Independent Museums on the subject of Donation Boxes.

Improving turnover and containing costs in economically challenging times is a major challenge for all museums. To address this, the Association of Independent Museums ran a series of ‘Sustainability Workshops’ across the country led by Development Partners.