THE FSI Training

Our heavily subsidised extensive charity training programme is at the core of our support for small charities and covers topics including fundraising, impact measurement, governance and project management.

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Full and Half Day Training

Our extensive training courses ensure small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self-sustaining. Training sessions cover a wide range fundraising techniques and skills such as impact measurement, governance, project management skills, delivered by our team of experienced and knowledgeable trainers.

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90 & 30 Minute Webinars

Our shorter interactive webinars offer an overview of our key training topics. These sessions act as a great bite size insight or refresher to the FSI full day courses with an interactive format to facilitate shared learning.

 

Our 30-minutes webinars focus on new topics and are delivered by the FSI and our valued partners.

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International Development Programme

This project, funded by UK Aid from the UK government and match funding from the FSI, has been designed to improve the resilience and capacity of small international-focused Civil Society Organisations in the UK, to deliver their strategic objectives. Click on the link below for more information about the programme.

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1. How to book

Just follow the booking link on our upcoming events section to book your place.

You need to be a member of the FSI to book onto an FSI service. Check our membership page for more information on how to become a member for free.

2. Prices

Our services are heavily subsidised at £25 for a full-day training course and £7.50 for a 90 minute webinar.

 

We have a deposit scheme in place - 50% of your deposit amount will be returned, once you have attended the session and answered your event survey. Our full and half-day courses have an average market value of £175 to £300 - this deposit scheme helps ensure the limited subsidised spaces are used.

Our 30 minute webinars are delivered by the FSI and our valued partners and are free to all members.

3. Get in touch

If you have any trouble with your booking, please call us on (+44) 20 8142 5147 (lines open 9am-12:30pm) or email us at admin@thefsi.org

UPCOMING TRAINING

Due to Covid-19 all of our training will take place online until further notice. We are currently offer a wide range of training options including: Full day, Half day online training courses and Webinars (90 or 30 minutes) at heavily subsidised rate for our members. Topics include: Fundraising, Governance, Risk, Marketing, Impact Measurement and more. Please use the below filter to choose upcoming courses.
 

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Full Day

Demonstrating your Impact

6 September 2022, 08:45:00

Effectively planning, measuring and demonstrating the difference your work makes is essential to delivering your purpose. It ensures you are best serving the individuals, communities, animals, environments and causes you support, whilst learning and adapting your work. It’s also important to be able to demonstrate the difference you make to your funders, teams and other stakeholders. This course will provide you with an overview of the impact cycle, taking you through the key steps involved in planning what difference you want to make; collecting and analysing information to know if you’re achieving your goals, learning and adapting; and sharing your impact effectively.

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90 Minute Webinar

Fundraising 101

14 September 2022, 10:00:00

If you are new to the third sector as a volunteer, staff member or trustee, Fundraising 101 is a fantastic place to start with the FSI. Introducing some basics of fundraising, and signposting to other courses and materials and resources, this accessible introduction is definitely worth your time, plus we will give you some homework for free!

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 Minute Webinar

Intro to Project Management

20 September 2022, 11:30:00

Efficient project management need not be an overwhelming process. This webinar provides an introduction to practical tools your charity can use to plan projects, set them up and keep them on track.

Strategy and Planning

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90 Minute Webinar

Intro to Fundraising Strategy

4 October 2022, 11:30:00

A comprehensive and effective fundraising strategy is at the core of sustainability for any charity. This webinar will help you to consider a variety of fundraising options, and consider their appropriateness for your cause, organisation and both short- and long-term needs.

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Full Day

Fundraising through Digital Channels

11 October 2022, 08:45:00

Digital channels have never been more important when considering and delivering your fundraising strategy. In the "new normal", charities need to have a good understanding of how digital marketing works and how it can support many of their fundraising methodologies.

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90 Minute Webinar

Introduction to Legacy Fundraising (International Development Charities)

18 October 2022, 09:00:00

Gifts in Wills are often based on relationships – which means any charity can and should benefit from this income stream. Join this webinar to find out why legacy fundraising is fundamental for the sustainability of your small international development charity, and to learn how to get started!
We will cover:
- Who leaves legacies, and if you don't receive legacies – why that is!
- Benefits of giving in this way – to your charity and to donors
- Barriers/challenges to promoting legacies and how to overcome these
- Why you need a legacy case for support and how to develop it
-What legacy pledgers want

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

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Full Day

Donor Retention (Stewardship)

27 October 2022, 08:45:00

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 course is a chance for delegates to identify who they should be thanking, which relationships to nurture and how best to go about it. Delegates leave the session 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!

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Networking

Meet the Funder (International Development Charities)

7 September 2022, 12:00:00

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. For this September event, we are pleased to welcome panellists from The Southall Trust and The Sir Halley Stewart Trust.

NEW FUNDER CONFIRMED: Charles Hayward 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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Panel Event

Communications & Storytelling: Panel Event (International Development Charities)

14 September 2022, 11:30:00

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

Strategy & Planning

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Full Day

Developing your Case for Support

22 September 2022, 08:45:00

The importance to your organisation of a clear and concise Case for Support is vital to your success in securing donors. Telling a compelling story of your work will have a huge impact on your ability to engage donors and raise funds to support your organisation.

  

The course will give you the skills and tools to develop an inspiring internal document – the organisational encyclopaedia known as the Core Case for Support that creates a uniform message about why they are important as an organisation, how they make a difference and what people can do to support or get involved. It will look at different expressions of the case in different contexts and for different audiences.

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Full Day

Individual Giving & Appeals

6 October 2022, 08:45:00

Acquiring and retaining donors is vital for all charities. Annual Appeals & Regular Giving helps you grow your supporter base and encourage longer term giving and therefore a predictable source of income.




This course has been designed to help you to acquire new supporters, ask existing donors to respond to specific appeals, convert ad-hoc or try-donors to regular givers.

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90 Minute Webinar

Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

12 October 2022, 11:30:00

Understanding the impact your organisation has on your service users or the wider community is crucial to a flourishing organisation. This short course is a simple introduction to the key concepts and ideas of how to effectively measure your impact, and communicate it with those who need to know.

This is relevant to those new to the third sector or for those organisation which do not actively measure their impact.

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Full Day

Making Collaboration Work

19 October 2022, 08:45:00

Collaboration or partnerships are increasingly seen as the way forward for charities working with complex problems and wanting to have a larger impact. But where to start? Finding the right partners can be tricky and collaboration can be messy and unpredictable by nature.

This course looks at why effective collaboration is important for organisations and what the potential barriers can be. The session is designed to help you create the conditions for success, both within your own organisation and with your work with others. It lays out a practical framework for organisations starting out. It is an interactive session, with lots of opportunities to hear insights and tips from other charity leaders.

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Full Day

Major Donor Fundraising

13 September 2022, 08:45:00

This course is suitable for those new to major donor fundraising, or who would benefit from taking a strategic approach to their current efforts. We will focus on how to find and cultivate new major donor relationships and outline what a successful ‘ask’ is likely to involve, with plenty of time dedicated to discussion, peer learning and ensuring the key concepts are relevant to your organisational situation.

This course is less suitable for those with effective major donor strategies or a mature book of existing major donor relationships.

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90 Minute Webinar

Diversifying Income & Sustainability

15 September 2022, 11:30:00

It is a challenging time for the charity sector. The widely reported trend of an increased demand for services, coupled with income flat lining at best and decreasing for many, shows no signs of slowing. This webinar will consider what steps charities can take to strengthen their resilience, to diversify and expand their income in order to meet increased demand – and ultimately, continue to deliver impact.

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Full Day

Capital Campaigns

30 September 2022, 08:45:00

This one day training course is an important reality check for an organisation contemplating running a capital campaign. Beginning from the early stages when organisations must be honest and ask ‘is this the right time for an appeal?’, the course looks at the details of planning, strategy, management and evaluation.

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Full Day

Community Fundraising

10 October 2022, 08:45:00

This course helps organisations establish if community fundraising is the right stream and activity for them. Taking participants on the journey from concept, formats, initiation and sustainability this course focuses on the key elements from starting out with community fundraising to developing the program.

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90 Minute Webinar

Getting Started with a Case for Support

13 October 2022, 11:30:00

Whether you are fundraising through grants, events, individuals or companies, a powerful fundraising message or case for support will help you inspire others to support you. 

By the end of this webinar, participants will understand:

What a case for support is and why you need it
What the process is to create a case for support
What it should include - vision, mission and values
How to plan its use - depending on your fundraising activities
Evidencing that your charity provides a solution to a need/problem

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90 Minute Webinar

Annual Appeals

25 October 2022, 11:30:00

Acquiring and retaining donors is vital for all charities. This webinar has been designed to help you to acquire new supporters, ask existing donors to respond to specific appeals, convert ad-hoc or try-donors to regular givers.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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