FSI Skills Conference 2018

The FSI Skills Conference: Sharing the Essentials 2018

The FSI’s annual Skills Conference will provide 200 small charity delegates the chance to access expert speakers who on a variety of topics to build essential back office skills.

Delegates will take away relevant and practical skills from four out of 20 interactive workshops throughout the day. Topics covered include: HR, Law, IT, Finance, Governance, Policy and Marketing. To help us allocate your sessions you will be sent a form after booking a place to rank all the workshops in order of preference and we will aim to ensure you get at least three of your top six chosen topics.

To book your place: click on one of the talk outlines below for the link to book your place. Each place has a market value of £200, conference places are heavily subsidised and donated to small charities by the sponsors, donors, funders and Trustees of the FSI.

  • Venue: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
  • Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
  • Time: 09.30 – 16.30 (registration from 09.15)
  • Cost: Full day conference places have an average market value of £200 but are delivered to our members for £15, to secure a place you will be required to pay a £50 deposit but on full attendance of the course and completion of surveys £35 will be refunded to you. Retained fees contribute to deposit and refund processing and administration costs.

N.B. Two spaces are available per small charity – further spaces required after this will be placed on a waiting list.

If you would be interested in sponsoring this event please contact Conchita Garcia on conchita@thefsi.org or 020 7324 4777

Click here to view our FAQ page

Are you a Member of the FSI?  If not you need to join prior to booking.

  • Inclusive leadership is great leadership

    Leadership is a lot more than just effective management. Inclusive leadership means being able to: Create an inspiring vision for the future Motivate and inspire others to engage with that vision Manage delivery of the vision Coach and build an ... view full talk outline »

  • How excellent management can make an impact

    Team members are one of your charity’s greatest assets and key to the success of your organisation. Yet being responsible for HR in a small charity can be very different from working in a larger organisation as you are potentially ... view full talk outline »

  • Fraud and cybercrime

    According to a recent survey, if you’re a small organisation then there’s around a 1 in 2 chance that you’ll experience a cyber-security breach.  For micro/small organisations, that could result in costs of around £1,400. Many charities believe they are ... view full talk outline »

  • Harnessing the cloud and digital technologies

    Charities need to have the confidence to embrace cloud technology fully as this will ensure they are fit for the future and ready for challenges such as GDPR and better prepared to tackle online threats. Cloud computing allows data and ... view full talk outline »

  • A Trustee’s responsibility with financial management

    Following a number of high profile cases, the financial responsibilities of Trustees have been put into sharp focus. At a time when many small charities are experiencing pressures on their funding, good financial management depends on a Trustee’s understanding of ... view full talk outline »

  • The Essential Trustee

    There has been a lot of recent focus on the role of Trustees as they have a hugely significant role to play as the ones who have overall control over a charity and are legally responsible for a charity’s management and ... view full talk outline »

  • When it’s worth taking the risk

    Small charities operate in a difficult environment with ever changing demands on our organisations, which may be increasing the levels of risk we are taking. Risk Management is an effective tool that should be used to support effective decision-making and ... view full talk outline »

  • How can small charities influence policy?

    Charities can often provide a valuable contribution to political activity and small charities can be a voice for their beneficiaries, which otherwise might not be heard in Westminster or locally. Political activities are carried out on a national or local ... view full talk outline »

  • What does Brexit mean for small charities?

    As the negotiations have begun to shape the UK’s exit from the European Union, it’s clear that Brexit will result in some long lasting changes in the environment that small charities work in. The FSI’s recent Brexit research told us ... view full talk outline »

  • How to business plan and its value

    Business planning may seem like a corporate term, yet it is essential within a charity setting to support you to set your direction and used as a guide to meet your charity’s aims and objectives. It is a plan of ... view full talk outline »

  • Impact measurement

    FSI research recently showed us that although charities know the benefits of measuring impact only 52% do it meaningfully. There are many different benefits in measuring and demonstrating your charities impact as it tells potential and existing stakeholders (donors, partners, ... view full talk outline »

  • Developing your communications plan

    Communicating with our audiences takes time and resources so to make the most of our messaging, we need to plan in advance on how we can have the greatest impact which link back to our organisational objectives. Every small charity ... view full talk outline »

  • Making your website work for you

    A charity’s website is its shop window. With a range of likely purposes, from engaging beneficiaries to providing information for supporters to get involved, it is important we get our websites right so they are working for us to the ... view full talk outline »

  • Great content and storytelling

    Good storytelling can make a huge difference in a charity’s ability to engage their audience, whether they are communicating with a donor or funder, the press, those visiting their website and everyone else in-between. Communicating our stories and content to ... view full talk outline »

  • An update on employment law

    Employment law is just as relevant for charities as it is any business organisation. With employees and volunteers as the charity’s greatest asset, we need to ensure we are following current employment law to protect those working for us as ... view full talk outline »

  • Getting ready for GDPR – actions to take today

    May 25th 2018 is the date that has been set for the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR legislation, to come into force with the aim of normalising data privacy laws across Europe. Even Brexit cannot stop the ... view full talk outline »

  • Budgeting – full cost recovery and beyond

    Budgeting is an important skill to have within a small charity as it can help you to accurately assess and plan for your organisation’s needs, project manage specific programmes and activities as well as supporting your charity to keep its ... view full talk outline »

  • Navigating charity VAT

    Although not always seen as the most exciting topic, knowing charity VAT regulation can support you to benefit from all of the relevant VAT reliefs as well as potentially recouping some of your taxable income. Unfortunately, charity VAT is complicated ... view full talk outline »

  • Reserves policies – getting them right

    Holding reserves provides a buffer when the unexpected might happen or when cash flow is tight. However, at the same time, if reserves levels are set too high they can act as a barrier for charities to secure funding. For ... view full talk outline »

  • Supporting the financial health of your charity

    Understanding a charity’s finances is a vital first step in supporting the organisation’s sustainability. To secure the financial health of an organisation you must look at a number of different areas and it is the responsibility of the Trustee board, ... view full talk outline »