• Wed. May 22nd, 2024

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Emsy Fundraising goes from strength to strength

Manchester based fundraising consultancy firm Emsy Fundraising is set for an amazing autumn and will be expanding its staff and client base while Founder/Director Marla Cunningham commences a new contract at Factory International as Development Director to help them develop the fundraising programme for the exciting new venue.

Factory International is a landmark new cultural space set to open in the heart of Manchester in June 2023, that will be programmed and operated by the team behind the the world famous Manchester International Festival(MIF) . Designed to be ultra-flexible, Factory International will be a global destination for arts, music and culture, commissioning and presenting a year-round programme by leading artists from across the world.

This comes at a time of growth with new clients such as UK Youth, Girlguiding UK, Offset Projects CIC, and continuation of work with key cultural clients such as Manchester City of Literature and Sing for Pleasure too.

With further project work planned for later this year to support even more charities to generate much needed income, Emsy have expanded their team to include, Lisa Northey Dennis, who has over 18 years experience of the charity sector having previously raised over £12m for health and educational charities and working closely with Emsy during the Cultural Recovery Fundraising drive for the UK’s cultural institutions during Covid-19, which raised over £50m for the sector.

Director, Marla Cunningham, said;

“This is a pivotal time for Emsy Fundraising as charities are finally able to generate income after Covid-19. Now, with the Cost of Living Crisis impacting so many people, charities must maintain a strong focus on generating as much income from as many different sources as possible. Emsy Fundraising has helped our clients generate millions and we plan to continue to do this through 2022-23.”

“We are delighted to welcome Lisa Northey Dennis as an Associate.  She will help grow the business as I take a part time role at the Factory International helping to develop a year-round home for the Manchester International Festival, and a new stage and one of Europe’s most ambitious and adventurous year-round creative programmes. Factory International will be ultra-flexible, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition that isn’t made anywhere else and I’m excited to help develop the fundraising programme there. I’ll still be involved heavily with Emsy and with the new expanding team and I am looking forward to helping more charities this year.”

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Marla Cunningham, (as in MC=Emsy), has over 20+ years experience working across all fundraising streams. She set up Emsy Consulting in 2013 but launched Emsy Fundraising with zeal in 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, she’s help over 100 charities raise vital funds.

Past campaigns include raising –

  • £50m for the PSA – helping media industry firms to survive the pandemic
  • £19.8m Urban Nature Project- Grounds/Gardens at Natural History Museum
  • £5m Barnardo’s Gap Home Project for young care leavers (Scotland/England)
  • £50m + for organisations through ACE Cultural Recovery Fund
  • £20m New Hospice Build in Greater Manchester Strategy
  • £26m Capital Campaign (HOME Arts Centre, Manchester)
  • £20m Children’s Mental Health Facility- (Alder Hey Children’s Charity) Strategy/CFS



About Factory International 

Factory International is a global destination for arts music and culture opening in the heart of Manchester in June 2023. The design of the landmark new cultural space is led by Ellen van Loon of the world-leading practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Its development is being led by Manchester City Council, with backing from HM Government and Arts Council England.

Programmed and operated by the team behind Manchester International Festival (MIF), Factory International will commission, produce and present an ambitious year-round programme of original creative work, music and special events by leading artists from across the globe. It will also stage the city-wide Festival every other year at Factory International and at venues and spaces across Greater Manchester. Driven by the same interests and ambitions that defines MIF, artists will be encouraged to create work in new ways, to collaborate across disciplines and blur the boundaries between art and popular culture.

The building design is based around large, open, ultra-flexible spaces that can be constantly reconfigured, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition that isn’t made anywhere else in the world. It will offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy year-round, in a new world-class facility, the broadest range of art forms – from major exhibitions and concerts, to intimate performances and immersive experiences – including over 80 gigs a year. Its public spaces, from the foyers to its outdoor areas, will come alive with year-round activities such as family friendly workshops, pop-up food stalls, music, workshops and markets, many of them free, creating a thriving riverside destination for everyone to enjoy.

Through the Factory Academy, it will become a major training centre for local people, equipping them with the skills needed for careers in the creative industries and helping to build the technicians, producers and other creative talent that will bring the future alive.

Rooted in Manchester, Factory International will strengthen the city’s status as a national and international centre for culture, creativity and innovation, as well as a major visitor destination. The economic impact of Factory International will be considerable, creating or supporting up to 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and adding £1.1 billion to the city’s economy over a decade.

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