Local fundraising training scheme for volunteers offered to other CVSs

The Fundraising Hub, created by the local infrastructure body Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, has helped volunteers to raise more than £650,000 since 2011

The Fundraising Hub
The Fundraising Hub

A programme created by a local infrastructure body to train volunteers from community organisations in fundraising is being offered to other councils for voluntary service in England.

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester created the Fundraising Hub, which has helped volunteers to raise more than £650,000 for organisations in the Chichester and Arun areas of West Sussex since its launch in 2011.

It offers free training to voluntary organisations with annual turnovers of less than £50,000.

The CVS is offering the model to other councils for voluntary service so they can develop it for use in their area. It will cost about £5,000 to purchase from the CVS.

The Fundraising Hub in Arun and Chichester is provided in partnership with the University of Chichester, which provides a formal training programme for the volunteers. The hub also employs a fundraiser who mentors them. 

The university carried out an evaluation of the course, Introduction to Fundraising and Bid Writing, in January and found it had a return on investment of 218 per cent in its first year.

Kate Scales, development manager for Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester, said Worthing Council for Voluntary Service had established a hub based on the same model and Hampshire CVS is also looking at launching the initiative. 

"We established the hub to support smaller voluntary and community groups to secure the funding that is vital to their sustainability and growth, we recognised that smaller organisations often do not have access to skilled fundraisers and the hub looks to fill this gap and build the capacity of organisations in the process," she said.

"We are in the process of pulling together all of our learning into a social franchise model, which will be ready by the end of the summer. We have already supported Worthing CVS to establish their Fundraising Hub and hope that there will be many more setting up in the future."

Scales said many of the small community groups that have used the hub have modest fundraising needs. One such organisation raised £9,000 that would keep it afloat for several years, she said.

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