FSI Skills Conference

The FSI Skills Conference: Sharing the Essentials


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

  • Venue: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA
  • Date: Thursday 9th March
  • Time: 9.30am-4.30pm (registration from 9.00am)
  • Cost: The FSI Skills Conference has an average market value of £295 but is delivered to our members for £15. To secure a place you will be required to pay a £50 deposit but on attendance and after completing the full day of the conference £35 will be refunded to youRetained fees contribute to booking, administration and material costs.  Deposits will not be returned in cases of partial attendance.

Please click on the courses below to find out what sessions are on offer and to book on to the conference. When booking, we will ask you to pick your top six topics – four of will be allocated for you to attend on the day.
N.B. Two spaces are available per small charity – further spaces required after this will be placed on a waiting list.

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

  • Cyber Crime

    Knowledge 3

    Cyber crime is on the increase and charities are frequently finding themselves the targets of cyber-criminals. There are a range of strategies being used to defraud charities including email, text and telephone approaches in addition to the use of malicious ... view full talk outline »

  • Managing Budgets on a Shoestring

    Knowledge 3

    Preparing, developing and managing budgets is a key skill for those working within charities. Even if you have finance support, budgeting should be seen as the responsibility of both finance and non-finance staff. A full grasp of budgeting help to ... view full talk outline »

  • Cash Flow Forecasting

    Knowledge 3

    To be able to keep our doors open and run our programmes and services we must be able to manage cash available against demands for expenditure.  Effectively managing your cash flow allows you to predict times of high demand for ... view full talk outline »

  • Wellbeing in the Workplace

    Knowledge 3

    Wellbeing in the workplace can provide performance benefits for your charity. With research showing employers can have an influence on an individual’s sense of wellbeing in the way they run their workforce it’s something that should be considered by all ... view full talk outline »

  • Latest HR Laws and Practices

    Knowledge 3

    Team members are one of your charity’s greatest assets so it is important to ensure your organisation is abiding by employment legislation. This will guarantee you are providing your staff with the support and guidelines they need in place to ... view full talk outline »

  • The Essential Trustee

    Knowledge 3

    Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for a charity’s management and administration. They play a very important role which is likely to be demanding on their time, skills, knowledge and abilities. Being aware of the duties and responsibilities ... view full talk outline »

  • Risk in Small Charities

    Knowledge 3

    Effective risk management is an essential process which should be undertaken as part of the governance and management of all charities. We are continuing to operate in difficult times with ever changing demands on our organisations, which may be increasing ... view full talk outline »

  • Social Media: maximising your presence

    Knowledge 3

    Social media is a gateway for your charities to raise your profile, gain new supporters and demonstrate your impact so it is important to maximise your presence. There are many social media channels available to us, from Facebook and Twitter ... view full talk outline »

  • Business Planning an Essential Guide

    Knowledge 3

    A business plan is a must for charities as it sets the direction your charity will be taking and is then used as your guide to steer your actions and to meet your charity’s aims and objectives. It is a ... view full talk outline »

  • IT with no Budget

    Knowledge 3

    Effective use of IT can make a huge difference in the efficient working of an organisation. With changes taking place all of the time it can be difficult to keep up to speed with the best use of IT and ... view full talk outline »

  • Fundraising and the Law

    Knowledge 3

    The establishment of the Fundraising Regulator, the impending launch of the Fundraising Preferences Service and recent changes to fundraising guidance means we are operating in a new environment. Charities need to be aware of their responsibilities when fundraising to make ... view full talk outline »

  • Full Cost Recovery

    Knowledge 3

    Full Cost Recovery is the simple practice of allocating a fair proportion of your charity’s overheads to each of the services, projects or contracts that your organisation runs. It helps you to fully understand the cost of each of your ... view full talk outline »

  • Managing your Talent

    Knowledge 3

    Having the right people on board in your organisation is essential for effective team working and the success of your charity. This means picking the right staff members and the policies and actions taken to support them to stay with ... view full talk outline »

  • Structured Communications

    Knowledge 3

    The most successful charities ensure they are communicating with their audiences and that they are sending out appropriate content to keep supporters engaged in their organisation and its cause. With a busy market place and a whole range of different ... view full talk outline »

  • The Role of the CEO

    Knowledge 3

    The CEO’s role is varied, challenging and rewarding. From providing organisational direction, motivating the team, acting as a spokesperson and ensuring you are running as effectively as possible whilst meeting statutory requirements.  It can also often mean supporting the day ... view full talk outline »

  • Basic Management Accounts

    Knowledge 3

    Management accounts provide a detailed financial breakdown on a charity’s income vs. expenditure, offering an accurate picture of progress. They are a key tool to ensure you are always keeping an eye on the bigger picture by showing how your ... view full talk outline »

  • Measuring Impact

    Knowledge 3

    It is increasingly important for charities to be able to understand what impact they have and then communicate this. Effective reporting on impact can lead to greater engagement with funders, volunteers, staff, beneficiaries and a range of other stakeholders. This ... view full talk outline »

  • Statutory Investigations

    Knowledge 3

    The Charity Commission has a statutory obligation to ensure Trustees comply with their legal obligations as well as being required to identify and investigate abuse and mismanagement in charities. Find out the most common reasons statutory investigations are opened, how ... view full talk outline »

  • Equality and Diversity

    Knowledge 3

    Equality and diversity can deliver tangible benefits in your charity by helping you to provide greater performance and innovation through a wider range of ideas, skills and resources as well as helping you to retain and support your staff and ... view full talk outline »

  • Making your website work for you

    Knowledge 3

    A charity’s website is the gateway for multiple audiences to find out about who you are, what you do and why they should support you, therefore it is essential to maintain it in the best condition possible. This session will ... view full talk outline »