Training and Events

Training and events

We will be running regular events throughout the year tailored for small international development organisations (those with an annual income under £1m).

Sessions are FREE - there is a £10 deposit on each space to help ensure attendance. This will be refunded on completion of your pre and post-event surveys.

This programme is funded with UK aid from the UK government, along with some matched funding from The Foundation for Social Improvement (The FSI). To attend courses, your organisation will need to be signed up for free FSI membership.

Child Sponsorship: Options if you're thinking of moving away from this model

5th July 2022 | 10.00 - 11.30

Child sponsorship was one of the most innovative marketing and fundraising models of its time. Established in the 1930s, it has been and still is a staple model for many non-profits fundraising for children and young people. Whilst being a successful way of raising money for some charities, some find it administratively burdensome and are beginning to question the ethics surrounding this style of fundraising.

If you're keen to learn about the potential issues surrounding a child sponsorship approach and eager to hear about sustainable ways of moving away from this model, then join us for this 90-minute webinar where we will discuss the wider context of the child sponsorship model and hear from small NGOs who have successfully transitioned away from the model.

This session is FREE (£10 deposit refunded on full attendance).

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Fundraising Working Group: Social Media & Supporters

12th July 2022 | 13.00 - 14.00

Join a new Community of Practice to build supportive partnerships and facilitate shared learning between international development organisations. The theme for this second session is ‘Social Media & Supporters: Email, Comms & Digital'.

The FSI are excited to be collaborating with SWIDN (South West International Development Network) and SIDCN (Small International Development Charities Network) in hosting new ongoing working group meetings - facilitated by FSI fundraising experts, and with breakout rooms tailored to different levels of experience in fundraising.

This session is FREE.

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Developing Corporate Relationships

28th July 2022 | 9.45 - 13.00

Developing partnerships with businesses offers many opportunities for small international development charities, but it can be difficult to know where to start. This interactive half day webinar has been designed to help you and your international development charity understand the opportunities for engaging and working with companies, and to consider what you will need to have in place to either get started or develop opportunities beyond your first few corporate partnerships.

This session is FREE (£10 deposit refunded on full attendance).

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Meet the Funder

7th September 2022 | 13.00 - 14.30

Join us at this event to hear from funders that have supported small international development charities over the past 12 months. You will be given the chance to ask specific questions, and network with others from small international development charities. Previous Meet the Funder panellists include: The Fore, The Southall Trust and The Waterloo Foundation.

Submit your panel question/s in advance via this form: https://forms.office.com/r/eVybpDsDhJ

This session is FREE (£10 deposit refunded on full attendance)

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Communications & Storytelling: Panel Event

14th September 2022 | 12.30 - 14.00

Comms content feeds into many aspects of your charity's activity - and international development organisations face particular challenges when presenting stories from their service users or partners. The FSI are excited to host this free panel event, bringing together three experts ready to answer all your questions about communicating effectively and authentically with your audiences.

We look forward to welcoming Africa No Filter's Natasha Kimani, Dharshie Wissah from Dharshie Photography and Charlotte McFarlane from On Our Radar for this event.

Join us to hear top tips from our panel, ask the key questions relevant for your charity and discuss the most current considerations in the sector landscape.

This session is FREE.

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Accessibility Support

Please fill in the form below to share any access requirements and how we can best support you to access the FSI's Small International Development Charity programme.

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