SHARED Enterprise was a £3.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund project that aimed to increase resilience in the East of England’s museums by delivering a programme of fundraising training and bespoke one-to-one support. To read more about the project and its success stories, click here.
The following comments are from clients I supported through SHARED Enterprise:
The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden needed to purchase the freehold of the gallery to secure the future of the gallery and the collection. I organised day courses to give the team fundraising skills and create an ambitious elevator pitch – a very brief, persuasive pitch that contains key messages to spark interest in the organisation. With their key fundraising messages included, the elevator pitch helped create a buzz around the gallery with visitors, funders and the local press, raising an impressive £200,000 to buy the gallery.
“Creating an ‘elevator pitch’ with Miranda’s guidance has meant I know exactly what to say, giving me the confidence to ask for money. This has helped raise our profile and raise funds.”
Chair of Trustees, Fry Art Gallery
Girlguiding Norfolk had a new, purpose-built Archive Resource Centre (ARC) at Coltishall. They needed information and funding to enable the collection to be catalogued, preserved, labelled, packed and stored in the correct conditions, and to develop outreach resources to make the items accessible to as many people as possible.
I visited and provided advice about how to approach the task, and suggested people and organisations to contact for assistance. I involved them in SHARED Enterprise activities, and when they were considering making a bid for Heritage Lottery funding, provided advice and support, particularly relating to the employment of staff. I also agreed to act as referee for another funding bid, and the overall result has been successful funding applications totalling over £60,000
“Miranda’s invaluable guidance and support has enabled us to access sufficient funding to move our project forward, to preserve our unique collection and make it accessible to our members and the wider community.”
County Treasurer, Girlguiding Norfolk
Ely Museum is a small museum with big development plans. I supported the team through the various strands of the SHARED Enterprise project, including training, one-to-one consultancy, board development and coaching. With my understanding of the challenges faced by smaller organisations, I listened to the team’s needs to give them the most effective support possible. As a result, the museum is more invested in strategic fundraising, has a dedicated fundraising committee and has successfully raised £220,000 for a major acquisition.
“Miranda’s understanding that every small museum is different and that flexibility is sometimes needed even after a project has begun, coupled with her ability to build trust and adapt with us is what made the project so successful.”
“You’ve done a really professional job and it’s so nice to work with someone whose work is above and beyond what we asked for.”
Curator, Ely Museum