HSLU launches fundraising course to support cultural professionals

Due to Corona, a number of cultural professionals are under a lot of financial pressure. For this reason, and with the financial participation of the cantons of Central Switzerland, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is offering a six-part online course that prepares cultural professionals for fundraising. The participation fee is greatly reduced.


It is often difficult for cultural workers and event organisers to find financial support for their own projects. This situation has been exacerbated by Corona. The specialist course "Fundraising for Cultural Professionals" is designed to provide participants with the basics for targeted fundraising for the cultural sector in six online events. Through close cooperation with Swissfundraising, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and IG Kultur Zug, all the important elements of fundraising in the cultural sector will be addressed. Participants will receive facts, figures and tips on applying for grants and dealing with funding foundations and patrons. 

Even after the specialist course, cultural practitioners should have the opportunity to stay on the ball. To this end, Swissfundraising will publish further links and tips on Swissfundraising.org. In addition, a "cultural fundraising" platform will be launched, where interested parties can network and exchange professional information. 

"With this offer, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, together with its partners, would like to make a contribution to overcoming the persistently difficult situation in cultural creation," explains co-initiator and course leader Marino Bundi from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The course is aimed at people who work in culturally oriented projects, associations, institutions and organisations or as freelance artists and cultural workers. Thanks to third-party funding from the cantons of Central Switzerland, the course is offered at a greatly reduced price: The participation fee is CHF 100.

The Online Course "Fundraising for Cultural Professionals Starts on April 26, 2021 and includes six events of three hours each.

The following topics will be covered by HSLU and guest lecturers: 

  • Fundraising basics
  • Project management in fundraising
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Successful fundraising with patrons of the arts
  • Cooperation with funding foundations
  • grant application
  • Crowdfunding

The registration deadline is 9 April 2021. The participation fee is CHF 100.

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