The FSI is always looking for ways to support our members and ensure that small charities can access the learning they need. We know it can be challenging to take time out of the office to attend face-to-face training, so have developed a growing suite of e-learning courses that are commensurate to our full day class or webinar based training. 

Online courses of this quality have a market value of between £195 and £215. As ever, in our mission to make learning as accessible as possible for small charities, the e-learning modules will be heavily subsidised for our Small Charity (annual turnover under £1 million) and Associate (annual turnover £1 to 5 million) Members.

If you are not a Small Charity Member, you can still access these resources, unlike our webinar and class based training.

E-learning Format

Courses take place online. They include a series of modules, each explained through audio clips and written sections. There are a number of exercises - some are interactive,  and some will require you to download and complete separately.

The course is designed to take approximately 5-7 hours to complete in full, including exercises. You can use the modules at your own pace within your access period (90 days), and can pause at any point and come back to where you left-off. Please note: the access period begins on date of purchase.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and key elements of a fundraising strategy and where it fits with other organisational strategies and plans.

  • Use strategic planning tools to contextualise the fundraising strategy, taking into account both organisational factors and the external environment.

  • Appraise fundraising options and opportunities to determine which methodologies will be a best fit for their cause, organisation and both short-term and long-term needs.

  • Prepare an annual plan which sets out, for each fundraising area, targets, activities, timescales, performance indicators and resource requirements.

  • Implement the fundraising strategy taking into account potential risks.

  • Plan for regular review and monitoring of the fundraising strategy


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation

Developing a comprehensive and effective fundraising strategy is vital to the sustainability of your charity. Taking a strategy approach to your fundraising will help you diversify and strengthen your income streams and enable you to focus resources on areas with the highest return.

This e-learning course will give you the tools and understanding to build a sustainable fundraising strategy for your organisation. It will provide a structured road map and activities to link together your organisational objectives with your fundraising targets and methods, and to develop an action plan to put the strategy into practice. This course will benefit the most senior fundraiser within your charity, such as the CEO, Fundraising Manager or person leading/with responsibility for the fundraising function.

NOTE: Course will appear in your basket at full price, and discounts will be added prior to payment


Stewarding Donors:

Retaining & Maintaining Donors and Supporters

Major Donors



Charities with annual income up to:

£50,000 = £25

£51,000 - £250,000 = £40

£251,000 - £500,000 = £55

£501,000 - £1,000,000 = £70

Associate Members = £95

Non Members = £150

Charities not eligible for FSI membership or Associate Membership please contact



Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

•    Define what stewardship is, and why it is so important
•    Appreciate the value of loyalty and how effective stewardship can build trust and loyalty
•    Identify who, how and when to steward
•    Develop a stewardship plan for your charity/organisation
•    Go beyond the 'expected' to develop creative and exciting approaches to stewardship


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation

Stewardship is an often overlooked process but is critical to your charity. Stewardship is a mindset, a philosophical commitment to the way you value your donors and supporters – your tool to build and maintain their ‘life long’ relationships with your charity. This e-learning course is a chance for participants to identify who they should be thanking, which relationships to nurture and how best to go about it. On completion of the course learners will have an understanding the vital role of Stewardship in increasing long term support and with a lot of ideas as teams fight it out for the prize awarded for the most creative stewardship idea!

This course will be particularly beneficial for those who have either attended fundraising courses with the FSI, or have completed other FSI e-learning courses who would like to build on their skills and experience by learning more about this important stage in any fundraising process




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NOTE: Course will appear in your basket at full price, and discounts will be added prior to payment

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Have understood the background to Major Donor Fundraising

  • Know how to identify major donor prospects currently warm to your charity and those who are not yet known to you

  • Understand what research is required and how to carry this out ethically

  • Develop plans for securing gifts based on assessment of donors' capacity and propensity

  • Understand the cultivation process

  • Be informed of how and when to ask for a gift

  • Know how to thank and recognise major donors who have invested in your charity


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation

Major Donor fundraising is the fastest growing area of new income for charities in the UK and internationally. Major Donor fundraising is all about building and nurturing relationships with individuals, so that they want to invest in your organisation and the outcomes that you achieve. Participants will be introduced to an eight-step process in identifying and securing major individual donors: Identify – Research – Plan – Engage – Ask – Close – Thank – Steward. The course is intended to provide an overview of major donor fundraising and provide participants with the tools to start a major donor programme in their small charity.

This course will benefit those with a responsibility for major donor fundraising, as well as senior development professionals, chief executives and trustees who are looking to set up a major donor programme in their small charity.


Access a free overview of the course here

NOTE: Course will appear in your basket at full price, and discounts will be added prior to payment


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How do I access this?

For existing Members and Associate Members

Simply log in using the Member Login Button and purchase access to the E-learning course through the FSI Learning Portal, as you would for a normal training event.

Charity with a turnover between

£1m – 5m?

You are eligible to become an Associate Member of the FSI, giving you access to e-learning, webinars, face to face training, conferences, discounts on consultancy and qualifications and more, for a fixed annual fee. Click here to see the benefits of Associate Membership.If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member, contact the development team at development@thefsi.org.

Charity with a turnover over £5m or don’t want to become an Associate Member?

You can purchase one-off access for 30 days to an e-learning course for £150.00 by contacting the development team at development@thefsi.org.

Current E-learning modules


Course Objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the unique characteristics of legacy fundraising and the benefits and challenge to your charity.

  • Developing a legacy fundraising strategy that complements other types of fundraising in the charity and evaluate its success.

  • Identify, prioritise and engage legacy prospects.

  • Develop appropriate and effective communications related to legacy giving including written materials.

  • Comply with relevant legislation and best practice in relation to legacy fundraising


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation

Legacies provide around £1.9 billion income for charities every year. The legacy market is experiencing strong growth and all charities no matter how large or small should consider how they can build a legacy income stream

This e-learning course will give you the tools and understanding to build a Legacy Programme appropriate for your organisation.

This course will benefit all fundraisers wanting to expand their knowledge and develop Legacy Fundraising Campaigns as part of their overall fundraising mix.

NOTE: Course will appear in your basket at full price, and discounts will be added prior to payment