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Advanced fundraising training (London)

Twice a year Brakeley Nordic organises an introductory training on major gift fundraising for not for profit organisations in the Nordic region. We are now inviting our alumni to an advanced training on fundraising in London. This gives us an opportunity to cover the different aspects of fundraising in detail, and to get inspiration from UK (and US) fundraising practices.  For this training we will involve several of our UK based international consultants  who are experts in their field. This will be a highly interactive training, where we will listen to UK best practices and discuss how this relates to fundraising in a Nordic context. The training will be held in English.

This advanced training will cover aspects such as:

  • Boards and fundraising committees
  • Events for successful fundraising
  • Working with alumni and friends
  • Stewardship
  • Leading a larger fundraising office
  • International fundraising
  • Corporate engagement
  • What can different sectors learn from each other? Higher education, arts & culture and charities

We also plan to include two study visits as part of this advanced training: one university and one museum.


Training leaders

In addition to the regular training leaders from Brakeley Nordic (Inger Stern, Åsa Formo, Olof Hugander and Johan Wennström), we also plan to include the following consultants in the international Brakeley network:

Bruno van Dyk has over 20 years of experience in development work, university advancement and international activities. During this time, he has led major university advancement endeavours, in both South Africa and the UK, exceeding targets in income and alumni engagement. Most recently, he served for 5½ years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University, UK where he led a team of 29 professionals. Before that he was Executive Director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation in South Africa.

Lucy S Blythe has over 30 years of experience in US and UK not-for-profits. She started her fundraising career at the San Diego Museum of Art. As Chief Executive of the Kew Foundation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a governance review, developed the Board and increased voluntary income by 400%, raising over £41 million. At the Victoria and Albert Museum, between 1999 and 2002, she completed the £31 million British Galleries Campaign. She now focuses on board development.

Claire (Kilner) Brownlie has worked with alumni relations and fundraising since 1996. Most recently she has been Director of Development and Alumni Engagement at the Queen Mary Univewrsity of London. Previously she has worked at the University of Manchester, the University of Nottingham and the University of Sheffield.

Hugh Aldridge specializes in corporate engagement, partnerships and fundraising. From 2014 to 2016 he was Head of Development – Corporate at the University of Oxford, where he was responsilbe for increasing the breadth and depth of the University’s engagements with companies around the world. Previously Hugh has worked with different aspects at corporate engagement at MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester.

John Kelly is a pioneer in British and European fundraising. Before becoming a consultant, John was the CEO of Regent’s College, London. As a fundraising and management consultant he has advised clients in many countries throughout the world, some large and some very small. He was the first consultant to introduce capital campaigns into several European countries including Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Belgium and many others.



14900 SEK excl VAT / 1490 EUR excl VAT. Early bird price for registration before 20 September: 12900 SEK excl VAT / 1290 EUR excl VAT.  The price includes lunch and dinner day 1 and day 2.

Participants make travel and hotel arrangements separately.

This training is primarily for  those who have attended Brakeley’s introductory training, for instance Introduction to Major Gift Fundraising (Helsinki) or Utbildning fundraising / insamling stora gåvor (Stockholm). Other participants with relevant fundraising experience may also apply.



Please contact Åsa Formo asa.formo@brakeleyeurope.com or +46 70 689 30 33

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