FREE New training in partnership with Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester!

We’ve designed a series of sessions to improve your fundraising skills. Overview of the sessions and more information about each session below.

  1. Prospecting and Research – Wednesday 13 October, 10-12 via Zoom
  2. Case for Support Bootcamp – Wednesday 24 November 10-12 via Zoom
  3. Writing for Impact: How can you make your applications and letters to trusts and foundations stand out? Tuesday 7 December 10-12  via Zoom
  4. Untapped Fundraising Potential: How can you find new ways to raise funds? Thursday 20th January 10-12 via Zoom
  5. Stewardship: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders – Tuesday 1 March 10-12 via Zoom

Grab a cuppa and join us!

Session Details

1. Prospecting and Research

Wednesday 13 October 10am- 12 midday

How can you do great research about Trusts, Foundations and Grants before you make an application? Where do you look for information and vitally – what is that information telling you?

2. Case for Support Bootcamp

Wednesday 24 November, 10am- 12 midday

Gym weights, representing the idea of "bootcamp"

Join us to learn what a case for support is and how to create one

Your Case for Support is a document that casts a vision for your organisation and tells donors why they should invest in your work.

What do funders expect to see in a case for support and how can you make yours stand out? This session will give you what you need to ensure that your Case for Support works well for you.

We are is returning with this popular Case for Support session which will include

  • What is a case for support?
  • Using behavioural economics to transform your charity messaging
  • Case for support canvas
  • What do funders expect to see?
  • Top Tips
  • Resources

2. Writing for Impact: Make your applications and letters stand out

Tuesday 7 December, 10am- 12 midday

Text that reads "Small business, big impact"

Join us to learn how to make a great application for funding

Writing for funders is a key part of a fundraisers work.

  • Do you want to write better letters to funders?
  • Are your applications lacking impact?
  • Could your case for support stand out more?

In this session we will explore:

  • How to make your writing clearer and stand out
  • Look at some examples
  • Top tips on what works
  • Common traps people fall into
  • Funders pet peeves

4. Untapped Fundraising Potential: find new ways to raise funds

Thursday 20th January, 10am- 12 midday

Join us to learn how to start fundraising from different sources.

Do you want to

● Find new ways of raising funds?

● Understand where your untapped potential is?

A good range of income streams helps an organisation to be more financially resilient and can reduce the impact of reduced funding in one income area.

Many not-for-profits start their fundraising journey with Trusts and Foundations before exploring new ways to raise funds. However, many are unsure how to start individual giving, major donor or challenge events fundraising. That is where this session can help!

We will explore how to

  • Understand your untapped potential for new income streams.
  • Recognise what you need to do to ‘get your ducks a row’.
  • Create a plan that you can implement and sustain long term.

5. Stewardship: Manage relationships with your donors and funders

Tuesday 1 March, 10:00-12:00pm

Join us to learn about fantastic stewardship to build long term relationships with funders.

Do you want to:

  • Have better connections with your donors and supporters?
  • Find more touch-points and exceed expectations?
  • Enjoy your relationships with your donors and supporters?

Underpinning successful fundraising needs to be fantastic stewardship to build long term relationships. We must at all times remember that “They are not your donors, you are one of their charities” (Mark Phillips), importantly, it is that we are one of their charities. The relationships need to be personal, supported, appropriate and at times unexpected.

In this session we will explore:

  • developing relationships so funders and donors are long term partners
  • how to understand and exceed funders requirements and expectations
  • create a relationship management and stewardship plan that you can achieve and sustain long term.

Who should attend?

These sessions are aimed at smaller organisations who might have limited capacity for fundraising. You might be the only person responsible for fundraising within your organisation or you might not have much fundraising experience.

How to book

Contact the team at Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

Originally posted here.