Course details

With three full days of tuition spread out over three months, you'll be able to place sustainable funding theory in the current political and environmental context and then apply what you learn in the classroom to your own organisation.

Through a combination of expert contributors, group workshops, Q&A sessions and networking, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside your peers in a supportive environment while having practical assistance to develop a plan to manage your fundraising and income generation.

Participants receive a copy of the NCVO publication, The Art of Raising Money as well as a pack of practical tools and resources to support the presented material.

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Pre course work

Via an online collaboration platform, you will be able to watch webinars introducing you to sustainable funding and giving some headlines from recent data and research. We would also advise that you read almanac data to see latest trends and research in funding and income in the voluntary sector.

Then there are three taught sessions …

Day 1: Funding strategies in context

  • How is a sustainable funding strategy different?
  • The differences between income streams
  • Evaluating opportunities and set them within an organisational context
  • Defining realistic and appropriate funding goals,
  • Exploring financial management tools and practices to monitor these goals
  • Managing and mitigating against risk
  • Integrating an ethical approach to funding

Day 2: Putting your funding strategy into practice

  • How to strongly position your organisation in a competitive environment, win support and nurture a diverse range of relationships.
  • Producing evidence of the need for your work, and your impact
  • The role of funding products – evaluating your portfolio and developing new ideas.
  • Building a case for support and pitching successfully
  • Building internal support and making change happen

At the end of the day, you will have identified which funding approaches and opportunities are likely to prove fruitful. This allows you to use the time before the next module to begin to scope these options, and involve a wider group of people in evaluating which to take forward.

Day 3: Review and peer learning

The group will reconvene on day three to:

  • share experiences, knowledge, challenges and solutions
  • hear from a guest speaker, arranged following feedback from the group, who can help you to take your strategy to the next level (previous speakers have supported delegates with financial management, impact, case for support, marketing and policy)
  • consider how to produce and implement an appropriate and effective funding strategy
  • explore approaches to leading change and overcoming barriers.

Ongoing support

In the three months following completion of the taught sessions, delegates can arrange for an NCVO consultant to read and give feedback on their Sustainable Funding strategy. This acts as both a valuable sounding board but also an incentive to continue to put into practice the learning from the course. Delegates then have the option to submit their course materials for accreditation by the Open College Network. This course is four units of a bespoke OCN level 3 unit.

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