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 our valued partners.

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International Development Programme

This project, funded by UK Aid from the UK government and matching fund 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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01. 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.

02. Prices

Our services are heavily subsidised at £10 for a half-day or £20 for a full-day training course (£35 and £70 for Associate Members). Our 90 minute webinars are only £5 (or £20 for Associate Members)!

 

We do have a deposit scheme in place that will vary depending on the course you’ve booked onto and your organisation’s income, but this will be refunded to you once you’ve attended the course and answered a survey. The reason we have the deposit is because our full and half-day courses have an average market value of £300 / £175 and we want to ensure that the limited places are used.

Our 30 minute webinars are delivered by our valued partner and are Free to all members.

03. Don't worry

If your organisation has an income of under £1 million and the course is showing up as £100 in your basket, this will change when you click through to the payment page.

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.

(Don't worry: If your organisation has an income of under £1 million and the course is showing up as £100 in your basket, this will change when you click through to the payment page)

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Full Day

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Stewardship - Retaining and Maintaining Donors

12 May 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 ‘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! Read more on course description when you click Book Now.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Full Day

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Making Collaboration Work

19 May 2022, 08:45:00

This course will benefit anyone with responsibility for considering or developing partnerships with their charity. Partnerships can take many different forms and the course will be relevant to any form of joint working between two or more charities, on a project or venture in order to fulfil their purposes, whilst remaining as separate organisations. You might be a senior leader, trustee, senior fundraiser/ business developer or operational manager – the techniques outlined in this course can be applied across all disciplines.

Strategy & Planning

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2 hour webinar

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Developing your Theory of Change (International Development Charities)

24 May 2022, 13:00:00


A Theory of Change is a powerful tool to help you understand and demonstrate exactly how your goals are achieved – helping you increase your impact and leverage more funding and resources for your cause. This interactive webinar will give you the basic understanding you need to create or refine your Theory of Change for your organisation or programme, and will consider additional factors charities working internationally should be thinking about.

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

Impact Measurement & Reporting

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90 minute webinar

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Stewardship Practices

30 May 2022, 07:00:00

Designed for those with experience in stewardship or thosewho have attended our Introduction to Stewardship course, we will look in moredepth at sustainable and scalable stewardship programmes, and share examples ofhow to go the extra mile.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Half Day

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Developing Corporate Relationships (International Development Charities)

20 July 2022, 08:45:00


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).

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 minute webinar

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Collecting Evidence and Asking the Right Questions

17 May 2022, 13:00:00

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. Read more on the course content when you click Book Now.

Impact Measurement & Reporting

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90 minute webinar

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Introduction to Stewardship

23 May 2022, 11:00:00

Looking at the fundamentals of Stewardship, we will look atthe benefits of growing relationships with your donors and address some keyfirst steps to retaining and growing your supporter base. Designed for staffand volunteers of any level.

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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Full Day

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Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations

25 May 2022, 08:45:00

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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2 hour webinar

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Annual Accounts & Statutory Reporting

8 June 2022, 09:00:00


This 2 hour webinar run by solicitors Pothecary Witham Weld (PWW) is aimed at new trustees or small charities that are trying to navigate their way through the Charity Commission requirements to file annual accounts, Trustee Annual Reports and Annual Returns.

PWW is a niche charity practice providing hands on and user friendly training and advice to small charities, delivered by solicitors who are charity trustees and volunteers themselves, so they really do understand what makes charities tick!

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

Strategy & Planning

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Networking

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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. 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)

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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90 minute webinar

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Assessing and communicating your Impact

17 May 2022, 15:00:00

How to analyse data and information to identify the difference your work makes
Using that information to inform strategic development, learning and innovation
How to communicate your impact with your stakeholders

Impact Measurement & Reporting

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Full Day

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Statutory Funding

24 May 2022, 08:45:00


Both central and local government have moved away from a traditional grant-making approach to commissioning services from the third sector. This full day 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

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Fundraising from Individuals

26 May 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. Read More on the course description when you click Book Now,

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90 minute webinar

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Child Sponsorship: Options if you're thinking of moving away from this model (International Development Charities)

5 July 2022, 09:00:00


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.

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)

Fundraising & Income Diversification

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