FSI Skills Conference 2019

The FSI Skills Conference: Sharing the Essentials 2019

It’s back by popular demand!

The FSI’s annual Skills Conference is returning to London this March, providing small charity delegates the chance to access expert speakers on a variety of topics to build essential back-office skills.

With a market value of £295, FSI Members can get all this for just £25!

Throughout the day, you’ll attend four workshops to learn about essential back-office skills that you need to run your small charity. Topics will be based upon finance, marketing & communications, governance, management and charity policy.

Please click on the workshops below to find out what sessions are on offer, you are able to access four sessions on the day. When booking, we will ask you to choose your top six preferences, and we will allocate at least three of these for you to attend.

““It is a day well spent away from the day to day activities where I could listen to others and share skills. Although a very full packed day, it meant I could actually ask questions and think about the charity I manage.” – The Hideaway Youth Project

15Hatfields, South Bank, London. £25 small charity conference

Any questions? Give us a call on 020 7324 4777

To sponsor at the FSI Skills Conference contact us on development@thefsi.org or 0207 3244 777.


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

You must attend all four sessions and complete the post-event survey in order to receive your deposit returned. Please see deposit policy here.

FSI Members with an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum (and no more than 2 FTE paid staff) can send volunteers to our training courses and conference programmes. Members with an annual turnover of less than £250,000 per annum but are 100% volunteer-led can also send a volunteer. If you have any queries, please contact our Membership team on 0207 324 4777.

  • Budgeting and cash flow for small charities

    Paul Taylor: Budgeting and cash flow for small charities This session will cover the important questions when it comes to budgeting and cash flow forecasting for your charity. You’ll look at best practice for putting together and managing budgets, and ... view full talk outline »

  • Safeguarding is all our business

    Steve Smith: Safeguarding is all our business In the current climate of safeguarding scares and declining public trust in the charity sector, join Steve Smith in this session. Learning outcomes from this workshop are: Understanding what safeguarding is and the ... view full talk outline »

  • Making your case: demonstrating your impact and value

    Janine Edwards: Making your case – demonstrating your impact and value 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 ... view full talk outline »

  • Mental health in the workplace

    Mental Health First Aid: Mental health in the workplace Join Mental Health First Aid in this session all about mental health within the workplace. This workshop will allow staff/trustees to see the value of considering mental health in the workplace, ... view full talk outline »

  • Risk in Small Charities – ensuring charity robustness

    Neil Franklin: Risk in Small Charities – ensuring charity robustness The Charity Commission places great emphasis on good governance and the avoidance of unnecessary negative risk. You can’t underestimate the impact of effective management on a charity’s ability to survive. ... view full talk outline »

  • The roles and responsibilities of Trustees

    Michele Price: The roles and responsibilities of Trustees Join Michele for a session on the roles and responsibilities of Trustees, useful for both Trustees and the staff members who work with them. The history of trusteeship and why the concepts ... view full talk outline »

  • How to handle complaints about fundraising effectively

    Gerald Oppenheim: How to handle complaints about fundraising effectively The Fundraising Regulator handles complaints from the public about fundraising, and works with charities to resolve complaints quickly and effectively. 27% of investigations in its first 18 months were about complaints against smaller ... view full talk outline »

  • The Essential Trustee – how it can help your charity be more effective

    Neal Green and Tony Pino: The Essential Trustee – how it can help your charity be more effective Knowing what your charity law responsibilities are is essential information. But do you really know why they are important? Whether things go right or wrong in ... view full talk outline »

  • Essentials of business planning

    Alice Dabrowska: Essentials of business planning Robust business planning is vital for voluntary organisations in the current climate, to ensure that trustees and staff have a clear and shared picture of future plans and possible scenarios.  With the major changes taking place in the ... view full talk outline »

  • Protecting your charity from fraud

    Dave Carter: Protecting your charity from fraud This session will focus on how you can protect your charity from fraud. The workshop will cover:  What is fraud  Why is it important  How to spot it  How to stop it  How ... view full talk outline »

  • Managing serious incidents in your charity

    Kate Waring: Managing serious incidents in your charity It’s more important than ever for charities to be aware of what constitutes a ‘serious incident’ that could put their charity at risk, and to understand how to manage this and report ... view full talk outline »

  • Cyber Security: Simple steps to protect your charity

    National Cyber Security Centre: Cyber security for small charities With the threat from cyber crime increasing, it is vital that all organisations – including charities – understand the potential impact of a cyber attack and take proactive steps to reduce the risk of becoming ... view full talk outline »

  • Financial planning in uncertain times

    Financial planning in uncertain times Join a representative from Charities Finance Group for this session about financial planning in uncertain times. More information on this session will be released soon. Back to the Skills Conference Please note: when you click ... view full talk outline »

  • Small charities and policy: the road ahead with NCVO

    Elizabeth Chamberlain: Small charities and policy: the road ahead with NCVO Join Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy at NCVO, as she looks at the ‘Road Ahead’ for small charities, drawing on NCVO’s recent Road Ahead publication. This session will set ... view full talk outline »

  • How to recruit fundraisers

    Andy Tonner: How to recruit fundraisers This session with Andy Tonner from Prospectus will give you an insight into how you can recruit, and retain, the best possible fundraising staff. More information on this session will be released soon. Back ... view full talk outline »

  • Charity project management

    Clare Aarons and Amber Shotton: Charity project management Join Clare Aarons, from NCVO, and Amber Shotton, the FSI, for top tips on managing projects within your small charity. More information on this session will be released soon. About Clare Aarons, ... view full talk outline »

  • Digital and communications with MediaTrust

    Digital and communications with MediaTrust Join the MediaTrust to learn best practice in how you can utilise your digital and communications to make the most for your small charity. More information on this session will be released soon. Back to ... view full talk outline »

  • Storytelling and communicating your impact on a limited budget

    Sophie Yates Lu: Storytelling and communicating your impact on a limited budget Join Sophie Yates Lu, from Campaign Bootcamp, in this session for tips on how you can tell your story on a limited budget. Sophie will share her top ... view full talk outline »