A comprehensive portfolio of free online learning

Cause4 Advance

In an exciting new partnership with E-learning specialist Proversity, Cause4 has developed the Advance platform providing a range of e-learning programmes in fundraising and governance development.

Cause4 Advance is a comprehensive portfolio of free online learning and professional development for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the arts and charity sectors. Each course features leading trainers sharing their key insights and experiences across a range of media including video, peer forums and data insight.



Being online allows us to update the material as legislation and technical information changes. Case studies throughout the training modules help inspire learners with great examples of new business models and quick wins for the long term. We combine each module with micro-learning content for those practitioners that struggle to fit learning into their working day.



Who is Cause4 Advance for?

Designed to fit around the schedules of busy and time-poor arts and charity practitioners, each module on Cause4 Advance is under two hours, and can be watched on or offline at a time that suits the learner/the user. These ‘learning on the go’ courses are available free of charge via desktop, laptop and smartphone app.

The courses also provide the opportunity to participate in peer forums on the issues that participants are most interested in and to get the latest insight into hot topics in the sector. Participants can measure their own knowledge and learning using our instructor devised assessments.


“We are pleased to support the development of these materials, through Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, to provide a comprehensive bank of knowledge and experience that can be easily accessed by leaders of arts organisations and practitioners, both in the UK and internationally. One of our priorities at the Arts Council is to help arts and cultural organisations become more resilient and sustainable as they explore new revenue streams.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of ACE



Learn on the go with our new app

Download the app and access your courses wherever you are. Sync videos to your device and watch offline, at a time that suits you.

Cause4 Advance app for iOS

Cause4 Advance app for Android


“Cause4 has had a transformational effect on the Festival, at the level of innovation in organisational development, as well as in fundraising.”

Chris Martin, Trustee of Salisbury International Festival

Stimulating new Creative Businesses - Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs

Supporting aspiring entrepreneurs in the performing arts and creative industries.

Michelle Writes for Wax Digital

17 April 2019

As part of their ongoing Art of Management feature - a series that picks the brains of industry experts to shine a light on common management issues – eProcurement specialists, Wax Digital tapped our founder and CEO Michelle Wright for her expertise. The perceived challenges of managing a growing team can seem difficult if you’re unsure where to begin. Luckily, Michelle’s vast experience made her a natural fit to provide some essential advice to deal with this very issue. 


Michelle Writes for I Am Recruiting

9 April 2019

Having your own charitable foundation, it seems, is as much a part of being a 21st century business leader as TED talks and flashy product launches. Most of the multi-billionaire CEOs of Silicon Valley based their company origin stories around their motivation to ‘make the world a better place’. Once these beneficiaries of the digital revolution reach a certain level of ultra-wealth, many are keen to apply their innovative, ‘fix it’ problem-solving mindset and business acumen to achieving that goal in the charity sector. This solutions-focussed approach, known as ‘philanthrocapitalism’, can also bring with it the added bonus of greater influence on Government policy, as well as improving the public perception of these highly profitable companies and their CEOs. What are these high profiles initiatives, though, doing for – or indeed to – the charity sector as a whole?