TRAINING FOR CHARITIES & SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
We run regular training courses, workshops and webinars on fundraising strategy, trusts and foundations fundraising and broader strategic decision-making for charities and social enterprises. Our training is suitable for fundraising staff, senior management and trustees. We can also arrange in-house training for your charity or social enterprise, tailored to your needs.
If you'd like to book a place on one of our open courses, please browse our upcoming courses and click on the relevant link below for booking information.
Please get in touch with us if you'd like us to run in-house training for your organisation, or if you work for a company that provides services to the charity sector and would like to discuss creating a bespoke training course.
TRAINING COURSES COMING UP
Developing a Fundraising Strategy
Our popular one-day course will walk you through our tried-and-tested framework for developing a fundraising strategy and making difficult strategic decisions. We'll show you how to analyse your current fundraising performance and funding needs, explore your strategic position using our 'Enhanced SWOT analysis' and identify and prioritise different fundraising audiences. We'll then explain how to scope out a range of fundraising activities and accurately identify how best to resource them and forecast the financial return. We'll also cover how to set up your organisation for long-term success, looking at marketing assets, performance management and organisational culture.
Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations
We've designed this one-day course for people who already have some experience of trusts fundraising but would like to add more quality and strategy to their approach, ensure they can maintain success in a competitive funding climate, and gain more insight into the mindset of funders. We'll be guiding you through our five key components of trusts fundraising, including prospect research, developing a compelling case for support and long-term relationship-building with funders. We'll also help you to understand things from the funder's perspective, including what they're looking for, what puts them off, and why they occasionally say frustrating things!
Crowdfunding For Charities and Social Enterprises
Crowdfunding is a great way to raise vital funds, engage your supporter base and attract new donors. But with fewer than 50% of campaigns succeeding, it’s more difficult than it looks. Our new one-day course will walk you through every stage of a successful campaign, including choosing your platform, designing your ask, launching with a splash, and keeping up momentum when donations inevitably slow down. Thanks to a combination of insightful presentations, interactive exercises and real-life campaign examples, you'll leave with a clear plan for running a successful campaign, and a much stronger understanding of crowdfunding in general.
Getting Started With Trading
With grant funding getting harder to come by, many charities and social enterprises are seeking to generate their own income by monetising their expertise, entrepreneurial flair, lived experience or community connections. This is an area of great potential, however there are various barriers to overcome including lack of confidence, difficulty persuading your Board to invest, or simply not knowing where to start. This course is for CEOs, Directors, Trustees and other senior leaders who want to overcome these barriers and develop a profitable and sustainable trading model that complements their organisation’s charitable, social, and environmental objectives.
Getting Started With Fundraising
This course is designed for people who are new to fundraising and want to start raising money for their organisation or project. You'll gain an overview of how fundraising works, what types of fundraising are most appropriate for you, and what you need to do next to begin securing grants and donations. We'll share guidance on how to develop your central 'case for support', how to make sure your fundraising is safe, legal and ethical, and some universal fundraising rules that will never let you down.
Navigating the New Normal - action learning leadership course
The Covid-19 crisis has put a huge strain on charities and social enterprises across so many areas: funding, financial planning, service delivery and teamworking. But to survive and thrive after this crisis, we can't simply resume previous plans as quickly as possible. The most successful organisations will anticipate the bumps in the road still to come, and identify opportunities to do things better than before.
Our new online leadership course is designed for a maximum 10 people. We're looking for leaders who want to give a lot of thought to mapping out the future landscape, positioning their organisations effectively, and openly sharing ideas. In return, over six months, we’ll help you to come up with an extensive list of challenges and opportunities, and devise a blueprint for how the sector can respond.
By taking part in this course, you will:
- Develop a recovery plan for your organisation to respond to the challenges emerging during and after Covid-19
- Identify new opportunities for your organisation to do things differently, better and more cost-effectively
- Identify ways to work more effectively with your colleagues and Board
- Benefit from tailored tools and templates to support your recovery (e.g. for risk management, budgeting, strategic planning)
- Build a new peer support network of like-minded sector leaders to discuss issues, share frustrations and test new ideas and approaches
The second edition of this course will take place across five online sessions during spring & summer 2021
WE'VE PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED TRAINING COURSES WITH:
National voluntary sector support organisations and programmes including:
Local organisations and voluntary sector support groups including:
FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS ATTENDEES
92% of people on our training courses have rated them as either 'very good' or 'good'.
97% of people said what they learnt was useful for their organisation.
93% of people rated their enjoyment of the day as either 'very high' or 'quite high'.