Fundraising: Institute fund for training course

A scholarship scheme offering £500 to fundraisers studying for professional qualifications has been launched by the Institute of Fundraising.

The institute and the Open University Business School have made the scholarships available for fundraisers on restricted incomes who are studying for the Winning Resources and Support course.

The training is a distance-learning route to the Certificate in Fundraising Management - the main fundraising qualification offered by the institute.

Amanda Shepard, head of professional development at the institute, said: "Winning Resources and Support is an accessible route to learning the key skills to plan, implement and evaluate fundraising effectively."

The course, which starts in November, focuses on the skills fundraisers need to mobilise resources for their charities. It was developed by the OU Business School in partnership with the institute, with support from the Lloyds TSB Foundation.

The scholarship is open to fundraisers, either professional or voluntary, who earn less than £25,000 a year and work for a charity, or a community or voluntary organisation with an annual turnover below £2m. Application details are available on the institute's website.

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