Government offers low-cost fundraising training

The £200,000 scheme will offer 5,000 training opportunities in the first year

New fundraising training scheme
New fundraising training scheme

Fundraisers and small charities are now able to access low-cost and free fundraising training through a £200,000 government scheme.

The programme, which was opened to participants on Friday, will offer 5,000 training opportunities during its first year, including face-to-face training and workshops, telephone advice sessions, webinars, a mentoring scheme and bursaries to the Foundation for Social Improvement’s Fundraising Award Qualification, said a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

There will also be a dedicated small charities fundraising conference in Leeds in October.

The FSI will run the programme, in partnership with the Small Charities Coalition, the infrastructure group Localgiving and the Charity Finance Group.

These organisations will also develop and share fundraising training resources and toolkits to support small charities that cannot attend the training.

Charities with annual incomes of up to £1m are eligible to take part in the training, which has been funded by a £200,000 grant from the DCMS. 

Mike Smith, head of external affairs at the Institute of Fundraising, said the programme would make a big difference for those charities that were able to take part.

But he said: "It will still be only a drop in the ocean when fewer than one in four local charities say they have the skills to run a successful fundraising campaign.

"We believe there needs to be a more coordinated effort across government at all levels, in collaboration with the charity sector, to build fundraising capacity and ensure smaller charities can raise funds for their important work in a sustainable way."

For more information on the training, click here.

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