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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Get started with fundraising: building capacity to raise funds

10:00, 24 and 31 January 2024
This event took place 4 months ago
Course length
2 Day
Helen Swatton
Pam Judson
Funding and finance Cost of living
Course overview

Competition for funding is fierce, funders receive more and more applications every year and so it is vital you know where to begin when unlocking potential funds for your organisation.

This online course is delivered in two 3-hour sessions and will be supplemented by a suggested pre- course reading list, additional electronic learning materials and a short homework assignment between sessions.

Session 1 - 24 January, 10am - 1pm

Session 2 - 31 January, 10am - 1pm 

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Overall course aim

The aim of this online introductory course with Pam Judson is to look at a range of techniques and approaches to use for effective fundraising and examine the fundraising landscape post-covid.

Course objectives

Session 1

  • Are you ready for fundraising? Starting from a position of strength - not begging because of need.
  • What exactly do fundraisers do anyway? What's needed to start effective fundraising.
  • The Big Picture - fundraising landscape post-covid: Who has the money? How much is there? Who gets it?
  • How fundraising works and why people give:
    • The Pyramid - Cultivation and the role of profile raising;
    • The Prospect Onion - Identifying your potential donors;
    • The Seven Steps of Fundraising - an oldie but goodie.
  • Project Profiling: A tool to identify what needs funding in your organisation and who should fund it.

Session 2

  • Individual Giving: How and why people give.
  • Trusts and Foundations: The Trust Landscape – how and why they give.
  • Company Giving: How and why companies can support your organisation.
  • Community Fundraising: What is happening with Community Fundraising post covid.
  • Research to support fundraising
Who was the course aimed at?

This online course is for individuals from the voluntary sector and social enterprises who are fairly new to fundraising or for those with some experience who wish to update and enhance their knowledge and skills. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Other Information

Course structure: 2x 3-hour sessions, which helps participants get ready to manoeuvre any fundraising obstacle and reap the rewards through practical exercises and class discussions.

Attendance: You must attend both parts of this online course in order to complete it and receive your Certificate of achievement.

Previous delegate comments
•"Pam was extremely knowledgeable and clearly is an expert in her field."•"Pam was engaging, so knowledgeable about the subject and happy to share 'tricks of the trade'; her enthusiasm was infectious so she got through so much material in the one session."
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