Talent development

Creating entrepreneurial business models and supporting charities to develop new methods of income generation, or social enterprises to be able to develop their charitable giving is a key aspect of our core work at Cause4.

However, as we grew as an organisation we faced the same challenges as all charities – that of recruiting excellent fundraising staff. The superb enterprising fundraising leader can be an elusive talent.

The Cause4 model of talent development is experiential and stretching, giving participants extensive hands-on learning, mentoring and coaching, as well as access to a range of training opportunities focused on developing creativity, pro-activity, innovation and vision whilst being firmly rooted in best practice and ‘real life’ activity.

There are three main strands of our talent development programme:

  1. Cause4 Entrepreneurship programme
  2. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellows
  3. Guildhall School of Music & Drama Creative Entrepreneurs

Cause4 Entrepreneurship

Cause4 Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial-minded graduates with a drive to make a difference to charities and social enterprises.

They are either placed full-time at Cause4 or funded by partner charities to work partly at Cause4 and partly for the charity. Current placements include Shackleton Foundation, Imperial College, Thames Festival, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Space.

All Cause4 Entrepreneurs are developed through an intensive 12 month programme working directly to meet real, challenging funding targets and to prepare each graduate for future leadership roles.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Fellows

Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and run in partnership with DARE (Opera North & University of Leeds), this fellowship programme recruits committed arts graduates for a 12-month programme of hands-on learning, matching fellows with appropriate host organisations at sites across the UK (currently the North, South West and East London). The first fellows started their programme in autumn 2013 in host organisations including Roundhouse, Barbican, Freeword Centre, Dance UK, Sadler’s Wells and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

All graduates  participate in the National Arts Fundraising School course as well as a tailored schedule of training, mentoring and coaching.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama Creative Entrepreneurs

This scheme consists of an intensive 12-month programme for Guildhall School alumni with a pre-formed business idea. The scheme provides access to mentoring, coaching, business planning, marketing and sales and funding, as well as use of office and creative space for a 12 month period. Graduates are introduced to a range of entrepreneurial, community and partnership networks to support business development.

In addition, a programme of workshops and seminar activity is made available to graduates wanting to develop their knowledge of creative entrepreneurship and explore the creation of new initiatives. A series of seminars and monthly leadership events including core entrepreneurial management skills, such as customer development, digital development, sales, marketing, building teams, finance and pitching, take place throughout the year.

Recruitment and development

Graduates are recruited for their curiosity, ability to enquire, think and reflect independently, as well as for drive and ability to apply skills practicality. All strands of the development programmes aim to fast-track the graduate’s early career so that they can develop proven and effective business development knowledge and skills within twelve months.

If you are a graduate seeking a placement or an organisation interested in placing one of our graduates please contact us at