Liz Hardingham






With a background of working with the University, Colleges, arts and community projects in Oxford Liz brings deep experience in prospect research and trust fundraising to the Philanthropy Company team. Liz has a particular interest and focus in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Liz is passionate about the transformational role the arts and cultural sector has in supporting vulnerable people with their mental health and wellbeing and has worked with theatre and opera companies, community centres, arts festivals, orchestras, youth projects, heritage organisations and mental health charities.

Liz built her experience working on one of the world’s biggest fundraising campaigns having spent over eight years in fundraising roles at the University of Oxford, contributing to the £3.3 billion Oxford Thinking Campaign. Her work included developing a proposal to secure a £1m gift towards the Ashmolean Museum’s £25m endowment campaign and raised funds for the museum’s exhibition and conservation programmes.

Liz has held in house roles at The Bodleian Libraries, the University of Oxford Development Office and Brasenose College, Oxford. Liz began her career at Modern Art Oxford and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Working independently Liz secured a six-figure grant for arts and youth mental health charity Ark-T Centre, worked on a successful bid with Oxfordshire Mind and has secured several five-figure Arts Council England bids. During the pandemic Liz raised over £50,000 in grants to enable The Orchestra of St John’s to adapt its outreach programme to deliver workshops for young people at SEN schools and performances for mental health patients at local hospitals. Liz most recently supported grassroots charity At The Bus, fundraising for creative workshops in schools for young people facing mental health challenges.

Liz is a driving force in the Philanthropy Company’s Fearless Fundraisers Network and has a BA in History of Art from the University of Bristol.