INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING: A more inclusive course open to staff of all levels

David Parker, the Institute of Fundraising's head of accreditation and training

The fundraising world bridges a wide range of career levels. For some considerable time there has been a need for organisations with large and committed branch structures to offer training to more fundraisers.

This week, the Institute is announcing an important new initiative, the launch of An Introduction to Fundraising, an accredited training programme.

Effective training is an important part of every fundraiser's development and enables organisations to be better at what they do. For some time, the Institute has recognised the need for a programme that introduces fundraising to new audiences, particularly for those new to the medium or for whom it represents a small part of their role such as volunteers, trustees and service deliverers - all whom play a crucial role in the success of an organisation.

For some it will provide sufficient learning to meet not only their individual needs, but also the needs of their organisation. For others it will be the first step en route to a career in fundraising or to further training and achieving the Institute's professional qualification, the Certificate in Fundraising Management.

An Introduction to Fundraising is the first training programme to be delivered on a nationwide basis by the Institute's national and regional volunteer groups. This will ensure that it is available to fundraisers everywhere locally and at a low cost.

The course includes five hour-long sessions covering the role of the fundraiser, the planning cycle, fundraising techniques, regulation in fundraising, and ethical fundraising. Each is interactive and has been developed by fundraising professionals with a wealth of training experience.

The sessions can be run back-to-back to form a full day or as a series of shorter events. Those that successfully complete the programme will be awarded an attendance certificate signed by the person running the course.

We expect An Introduction to Fundraising to be available in your area by the summer. For more information, you should contact your local Institute of Fundraising group.

I believe that this is an important development for fundraising at grass-roots level: it will enable people who would not normally have the opportunity sample an accredited Institute training course, and will make the Institute's Codes of Fundraising Practice available to a new section of voluntary sector workers.

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