Certificate in Fundraising – Oct 17 & Jan 18

20Pre-course work is required to help us ensure students are fully prepared for the first teaching session.

When: The course is taught over 4 full days: 5-6 Oct 2017 and 25-26 Jan 2018
Where: Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester
Cost: £1,845 for IoF Individual members, £1,983* for non-individual members*

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The booking deadline for this qualification is 5-Sept-17

The Certificate in Fundraising provides students foundation theoretical concepts and principles behind successful fundraising. It examines the role of fundraising within the sector and the role it plays in society.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is designed for practitioners responsible for the frontline implementation of fundraising activities. As a guide you should have a minimum of six months to three years fundraising experience either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will become a more confident fundraiser and understand how to improve your results. You will learn practical, effective fundraising skills to apply in your current role. These skills will enable you to make a positive immediate impact on your own, and your organisation’s fundraising results.

What will you learn?

  • The Fundraising Environment unit investigates the scope and role of the sector, the requirements of  charitable status, sources and trends in non-profit income, the definition and role of philanthropy, ethics and best practice and the fundraising macro environment.
  • The Understanding Individual Donor Behaviour unit looks at the history and development of the profession, the demographics of individual donors and forms of giving, gift aid and tax-effective giving, primary and secondary research of donor behaviour, using donor data to plan appropriate supporter journeys and development of a case for support.
  • The Fundamentals of Fundraising Planning unit examines the benefits of planning, the purposes of fundraising audits, setting objectives, fundraising tactics, monitoring and evaluation, and budgets and phasing income.
  • Fundraising in the Community and Events Management unit covers the forms of community support and best practice in relation to each, volunteer recruitment, retention and motivation, events fundraising and event management including logistics, project planning and budgeting, the legal obligations and the establishment of advisory committees.

How will I be assessed?

You need to complete a series of four work based and case study assignments. To help you plan your studies the assignment deadlines for this course are:

Certificate in Fundraising Manchester, October 2017 deadlines:

  • Assignment 1: 16/11/2017
  • Assignment 2: 18/01/2018
  • Assignment 3: 19/03/2018
  • Assignment 4: 27/04/2018

Graduation ceremony in London (optional): Date and Central London venue TBC)

What level of commitment is needed?

You are expected to complete the pre-course work to ensure you are prepared for your intensive training days.

The training element of this course is being delivered over two teaching blocks.

The first block will be held on 5th & 6th October 2017 and the second block will be held on 25th & 26th January 2018. The training days will run from approximately 09:00 – 17:00 each day. You are expected to attend every session, on all five training days. You are expected to attend every session, on all four training days.

If you fail to prepare fully or to attend you will disrupt your own learning experience and the shared learning experience of your group.

You may also be expected to complete a limited amount of homework during the intensive training.

You are also expected to study in your own time and complete four written assignments.

To ensure you are not placed at a disadvantage when studying for an IoF qualification you should have a good command of written and spoken English to complete assignments to the required standard.

You will need Internet access to enable you to access our online learning platform which provides essential online course materials.

You will need to purchase the course textbook Sargeant, A. and Jay, E. (2014) Fundraising Management: Analysis Planning and Practice (third edition), Routledge, London – it is not included within the course fee.

Fees, IoF Individual membership and terms & conditions

£1,845 for IoF Individual members, £1,983* for non-individual members.

Course fees include: Tutor costs, access to online course resources via our online learning platform (all students need Internet access throughout their studies) and an A4 hard copy folder with printed course materials.  You will need to purchase the course textbook Sargeant, A. and Jay, E. (2014) Fundraising Management: Analysis Planning and Practice (third edition),Routledge, London – it is not included within the course fee.

The fee does NOT include accommodation if you need to travel for the teaching blocks.

* If you are not yet an individual IoF member your first year’s membership is included with the non-member rate. You must hold a valid IoF individual membership while studying for a qualification. This gives access to range of benefits which should assist your studies and wider professional development.

Please note if you are a new member you will need to provide a reference to complete your membership application and our Membership team will get in touch with you to arrange this on receipt of your booking. You can visit our membership pages for more information.

IoF Academy Qualification Course Booking Terms and Conditions.

IoF Student benefit – NUS Extra Card

As an IoF Individual member studying towards one of our professional qualifications* you have the opportunity to apply for an NUS Extra Card. More information can be found here.

Need further information?

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the IoF Academy team on academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk or call us on 0207 840 1020.

Please consider the following questions before booking:

  • Will you benefit from gaining a recognised professional qualification?
  • Do you meet the suggested level of experience for this course?
  • Can you commit to the self-study elements of the course for at least 6-8 hours a week over a period of approximately  9 months from the start date?
  • Are you currently acting in a fundraising capacity as a practitioner for a non-profit organisation and do you have access to that organisation’s current materials (such as strategic plan, business plan, marketing materials and fundraising collateral)?

Assuming you can answer ‘yes’ to all of the above, we look forward to welcoming you to the course!


Email: academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 840 1020