Grant fundraisers share tips of the trade

WaterAid is running a week-long summit for grant and major-donor fundraisers to share experiences and learn from other international development charities.

Throughout this week, the 34 participants from the charity’s UK and US programmes will hear 15-minute presentations from experts at the charity and other organisations, including Comic Relief, the Big Lottery Fund, the Dutch government, Caford, Bond, Plan and the UK Department for International Development.

WaterAid believes that the information exchange forum is the first of its kind run by an NGO. “The idea of the workshop is to build on shared experiences to enhance our capacity and capability to obtain these new monies while balancing this with an objective view of where our other funds are generated,” said WaterAid’s head of programme funding Ann Cropper, who will chair the event.

The charity says that large grant aid is the single fastest growing source of finance for international development charities and there is an increased number of ways to source this funding.

However, it says, with each new source of funding comes a new type of form to complete and a new format for feedback that makes the application process complicated. The workshops aim to make this process easier for its staff.

The charity plans to repeat the event.

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