Major donor fundraisers are encouraged to eat, sleep and breathe their skills

A new three-day course will enable fundraisers to transform the way they approach major donors, says the IoF's Paul Marvell

Paul Marvell
Paul Marvell

After conducting a survey assessing the performance and aspirations of more than 100 major donor fundraisers, the Institute of Fundraising is responding to the training and development needs of charity major donor fundraisers by launching an intensive three-day residential learning experience for major donor fundraisers.

The inaugural residential course, developed in collaboration with the fundraising consultancy More Partnership, will take place in February 2014 and aims to enable fundraisers to transform the way their charities approach major donor fundraising.

The three-day course will be a unique learning experience that will transform the performance of major donor fundraising in the sector. Its unique style and small-group format means that it is suitable for both newcomers to major donor fundraising and those experienced fundraisers who need to brush up on their existing major donor fundraising skills.

Working with More Partnership allows us to offer an exciting new learning experience that will equip major donor fundraisers and their organisations with the right tools, techniques and knowledge to secure those large gifts.

Our major donor giving research last year recommended that charities develop cultures to ensure long-term support from major donors, calling for sharpening the skills and increasing the knowledge of fundraisers and senior charity staff through expert led presentations, facilitated role plays, group problem-solving tasks, plenary sessions, and tutorial groups delivered by a faculty of leading practitioners, consultants and donors.

This is what we’ve developed in in this groundbreaking Major Donor Residential. A number of bursaries and scholarships will be available to fundraisers from smaller size charities, funded by the Redmund Mullin Fund.

The Major Donor Residential MDR will take place from 4 to 6 February 2014 at Warwick University. To register your interest or to find out more then log on the IoF website.

Paul Marvell is director of professional development and membership at the IoF

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