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

All FSI training will take place online until further notice. We currently offer a range of training options including full day and half day courses, and 90 and 30-minute webinars - all provided at heavily subsidised rates for our members (FSI membership is free). Topics include: Fundraising, Governance, Risk, Marketing, Impact Measurement and more. Please use the below filter to choose upcoming courses, or scroll down to view all available sessions.
 

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30 Minute Webinar

Ansvar: Navigating the Storm

25 November 2022, 12:30:00

*This webinar is being postponed, we will update with the new date as soon as possible* As the UK heads for choppy waters, how can positive and effective risk management help the charity sector steer a way through?

The webinar looks at the key risks facing the charity sector and how an Enterprise Risk Management approach can help to manage existing risks and prepare for emerging ones to strengthen organisational resilience in a volatile risk landscape.

Sponsor Webinar

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90 Minute Webinar

Planning your Year Ahead

6 December 2022, 10:00:00

This webinar will give you a head-start on planning for the year ahead and will focus on:

Understanding the tasks for 2023​
Prioritising the key tasks/milestones​
Considering time and resources required​
Making sure your projects stay on track

Strategy & Planning

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2 Hour Webinar

Antiracist Practices in the Global Solidarity Sector (International Development Charities)

8 December 2022, 12:30:00

Join Leila Usmani from BeDiverse for this webinar to hear about some of the concepts and understanding needed when considering how to align your UK-based global solidarity organisation with more antiracist practice.

Leila will provide an introductory overview into themes surrounding systems of oppression, antiracist practices and concepts of modern day colonialism, and get you thinking about how these may apply in your context and how you may start to engage in a process of change - to improve the experiences and outcomes of everyone you work with.

This session is FREE.

Strategy & Planning

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90 Minute Webinar

Annual Appeals and Regular Giving

17 January 2023, 10:30:00

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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Full Day

Community Fundraising

31 January 2023, 09:45:00

Community fundraising is large audience, lower return fundraising, but it does bring many other benefits to the organisation e.g. supporter and volunteer recruitment, awareness raising and keeping a profile locally. The course will empower participants to mobilise the community around their organisation; to raise funds and awareness; to educate about their cause and campaigns and to recruit new supporters.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Full Day

Strategic Planning

7 February 2023, 09:45:00

It is a key responsibility of charity leaders and trustees to ensure that there is a clear forward strategy and supporting plan that sets out the direction and priorities, in order to deliver organisational purpose. This course is designed to give an overview of the process of developing a strategy and operational plan, to consider who to involve in the process and how, and provide some useful tools and resources for developing, implementing and monitoring the strategy and operational plan. The session will be interactive and there will be lots of opportunities to get insight and tips from other charity leaders.

Strategy & Planning

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Full Day

Individual Giving & Appeals

14 February 2023, 09:45:00

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.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 Minute Webinar

How to Write a Legacy Strategy

28 February 2023, 14:00:00

Gifts in Wills provide around £1.9bn to charities annually. The legacy market is experiencing continued strong growth, in particular with smaller and regional charities, as supporters get choosier as to which charities they want to leave their final gift to. Join this webinar to learn how to develop your charity's legacy strategy.


Learning objectives

We will cover:

Identifying which promotional channels could work for you to ask for legacies
The skills you need to feel confident and competent in this area
How to start a legacy conversation
Developing legacy materials - what to include as minimum

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Full Day

Project Management

29 November 2022, 09:45:00

Efficient project management need not be an overwhelming process. This course provides an introduction to practical tools your charity can use to plan projects, set them up and keep them on track.
This course is ideal for anyone responsible for planning, implementing or managing projects in their charity. It will also be suitable for senior managers who want to implement robust project management approaches in their teams.

Strategy & Planning

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Full Day

Developing Corporate Relationships

7 December 2022, 09:45:00

This course has been designed to help you and your charity understand the opportunities for engaging with and working with companies.

The course will look at the different ways in which companies may get involved with charities; whether that be through financial donations, gifts in kind, sponsorship or through employee volunteering.

We will also explore the criteria and requirements that corporate supporters will be looking for when choosing which charities to support and how you can use these to identify and secure support from the companies that have the best fit with your organisation.

Strategy & Planning

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90 Minute Webinar

Networking for Introverts

12 December 2022, 14:00:00

Vital but terrifying? Vital but exhausting? For many of us non-extroverts, networking seems like an uphill slog. In this session we look at some simple actions to give you the confidence to approach networking with your head held high, allowing you and your organisations can reap the ample rewards of connecting with others in the professional sphere. If you are an experienced networker or confident extrovert, this course is not designed for you.

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Full Day

Donor Retention (Stewardship)

18 January 2023, 09:45:00

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 ‘lifelong’ relationships with your charity. This one day course is a chance for participants to identify who they should be thanking, which relationships to nurture and how best to go about it. Participants leave the course 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!

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 Minute Webinar

Risk Management for Charity Leaders

1 February 2023, 10:30:00

A key responsibility for charity trustees is to ensure that there is a robust Risk Management regime in place. This supports the charity to deliver its mission effectively, enables the charity to seize opportunities as they emerge, as well as playing a significant role in the prevention of ‘disasters’ both small and large. Risk is an everyday part of charitable activity and managing it effectively is essential if the charity is to achieve its key objectives and ensure its funds and assets are safeguarded. In this webinar, we will look at practical approaches to risk management from a charity leader and Trustee perspective.

Governance

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Full Day

Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations

8 February 2023, 09:45:00

With an estimated 9,000 independent trusts and foundations in the UK giving £2 billion in grants each year, they are a prime source of funding for your charity. However, it is absolutely vital that you properly prepare your applications, undertake research and develop tailored proposals that meet their specific criteria.



This course aims to give participants the essential skills and knowledge they need to develop successful fundraising from trusts and foundations in their charity.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 Minute Webinar

Introduction to Strategic Planning

16 February 2023, 13:00:00

It is a key strategic responsibility of Trustees and charity leaders to ensure that the charity has a clear forward strategy and supporting plan that sets out the direction and priorities, in order to deliver organisational purpose. This webinar is designed to give charity Trustees and leaders an overview of the process of developing a strategy and business plan, to consider who they will involve in the process and how, and provide some useful tools and resources for developing the strategy and business plan. The session will be interactive and there will be lots of opportunities to get insight and tips from other charity leaders.

Strategy & Planning

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90 Minute Webinar

Collecting Evidence and Asking the Right Questions

1 December 2022, 10:00:00

Gathering data and feedback from stakeholders and service users is an essential stage in measuring your impact, and there are many different ways you can do it. In this 90minute interactive webinar, we’ll explore what to consider when choosing the most relevant data collection methods for your organisation, and how to make sure your chosen methods are robust and effective.

Impact Measurement & Reporting

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3o Minute Webinar

Qlic IT Webinar: WordPress & Elementor for the Third Sector

8 December 2022, 11:00:00

Making sure that your website is up-to-date and running on the best platform is vital when it comes to receiving recognition online. Pavan from Qlic will be sharing lots of tools to enhance your charity’s website. Qlic also offers free consultations for all FSI members, so book in at a time that suits you!

Sponsor Webinar

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90 Minute Webinar

Assessing and Communicating Your Impact

13 December 2022, 11:00:00

In this session we will be covering:

Selecting relevant and appropriate measurement tools​
Considering how to analyse and evaluate the information collected​
Refining and improve how they communicate their impact with stakeholders

Strategy & Planning

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Full Day

Statutory Funding

25 January 2023, 09:45:00

Both central and local government have moved away from a traditional grant-making approach to commissioning services from the third sector. This webinar is designed to help you identify statutory commissioned opportunities and consider best practice principles and methods when developing a bid.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Full Day

Demonstrating your Impact

2 February 2023, 09:45:00

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.

Impact Measurement & Reporting

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90 Minute Webinar

Getting Started with Corporate Partnerships

9 February 2023, 13:30:00

This session offers a swift overview of the key concepts involved with starting relationships with businesses of all sizes, and how to avoid some common pit falls.

We have designed this course for those with little understanding of corporate relationships, but who are keen to explore the potential of this funding stream.



This webinar will cover:

Understanding the opportunities for engaging and working with companies

Consider what opportunities might be a good fit for your organisation

Finding the right strategic fit and making the connection

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 Minute Webinar

Getting Started with Legacies

21 February 2023, 14:00:00

Gifts in Wills provide around £1.9bn to charities annually. The legacy market is experiencing continued strong growth in particular with smaller and regional charities as supporters get choosier as to which charities they want to leave their final gift to.

Gifts in Wills are often based on long-standing relationships which any charity can influence to their audiences.  Join this webinar to find out why legacy fundraising is suitable for your organisation and how you can get started by identifying who is likely to leave you legacies.



This webinar will cover:



Who leaves legacies and why

Does your charity receive legacies? If not why do you think that is?

Benefits to legacies - you and donor

Barriers/challenges to promoting legacies - how to overcome them

How to identify your legacy prospects

Why you need a legacy case for support and how to develop it

What do legacy prospects want?

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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