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Getting your Fundraising Strategy into Gear

Getting your Fundraising Strategy into Gear  There’s no ‘right way’ or ‘wrong way’ to create a fundraising strategy as every organisation has its own unique circumstances and opportunities to generate income. Each charity will have its own areas where it has successfully secured income and your fundraising strategy should build on these successes as well as investing in those areas that hold the greatest opportunity ... Read more »

FSI Accredited Learner Profile: Rosie Milsom

FSI Accredited Learner Profile: Rosie Milsom As part of a new series, we will be profiling one of the fundraisers working towards some of our accredited fundraising qualifications. This month it is Rosie Milsom, Fundraising Executive at Birmingham Hippodrome. Can you give a brief biography of your background?  I’m a Performing Arts graduate who fell into customer service and sales roles after finishing my degree. ... Read more »

This #GivingTuesday, Think New Corporate Partnerships

This #GivingTuesday, Think New Corporate Partnerships  Today is #GivingTuesday and a perfect chance to consider new fundraising opportunities. How about one to bring on board new corporate partners? In order to do this it’s crucial to make a good first impression, so here is a seven step guide to making a first approach. Before doing anything below, do you know: What are you looking for ... Read more »

Accredited Learning

Accredited Learning Recently the FSI were pleased to announce we had relaunched our fundraising qualifications which had been re-graded by the SQA. We can now deliver a Diploma and Certificate in Fundraising Practice at QCF Level 5 / SQCF Level 8 (equivalent to a Foundation Degree / HND) and an Introduction to Fundraising Practice at Level 3 (equivalent to an A Level). These qualifications are ... Read more »

Why should legacies be part of a small charity’s fundraising programme?

Why should legacies be part of a small charity’s fundraising programme? Throughout the year the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) run regular training events where I often teach a room full of our small charity members about how and why to put together a legacy fundraising programme.  At the beginning of the day I always ask people why they have come to the course and ... Read more »

Research Trusts and Foundations

Research Trusts and Foundations There are a wide range of Trusts and Foundations across the UK and spending enough time on research will help you find those with a greater interest in your cause and will mean you have a better chance of making a successful application. There is a large range of resources available for you to use and it is important to balance ... Read more »

Making the Most of Community and Events Fundraising

Making the Most of Community and Events Fundraising Fundraising has become more challenging as sources of funding have been squeezed, resulting in greater competition, with small and local charities having to work harder to ensure funding streams remain stable.  A mixed income economy is the best way for a charity to support its sustainability, being better protected when income streams are reduced or removed unexpectedly. ... Read more »

Making Corporate Fundraising Work as a Small Charity

Making Corporate Fundraising Work as a Small Charity The corporate sector is full of opportunities for small charities to take advantage of with many companies looking to increase their support for the sector through gifts in kind, expertise and volunteers, and even funds. However, competition is high amongst charities of all sizes for this support. It is important to remember with this form of fundraising ... Read more »