Diploma in Fundraising, London (30-31 Oct 2017 & 16-18 Jan 2018)

Diploma in Fundraising, London (30-31 Oct 2017 & 16-18 Jan 2018)

Date: Monday 30th Oct 2017

Time: The face to face training element of this course is being delivered over two teaching blocks. The first block will be held on 30th and 31st October 2017 and the second block will be held on 16, 17th, 18th January 2018. The training days will run from approximately 09:00 – 17:00 each day. You are expected to attend every session, on all five training days.

On average the length of time needed to complete the Diploma in Fundraising is approximately nine months. During this time students need to dedicate at least 6-8 hours a week for reading and completing the work based written assessments.

The booking deadline for this course is 25th September 2017

Town/City: Westminster

Location: London

Venue: IoF Office

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Pre-course work is required to ensure students are fully prepared for the first training session and the qualification takes approximately 9 months to complete. There are set deadlines for assessments (please see below) and students need to be working in a fundraising capacity (either voluntary or paid) in order to complete the work based assessments.

Keen to advance your strategic fundraising and management skills? The Diploma in Fundraising builds on your existing experience and skills to consolidate and expand your knowledge in all key aspects of fundraising, including strategic planning and innovative techniques involved in e-fundraising.


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification contains significant elements of management and strategy and is designed for those whose roles are concerned with these areas. As a guide you should have a minimum of three years fundraising experience either in a paid or voluntary capacity and have management experience.


What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will become a more successful, confident and strategic fundraising manager and leader. In addition to consolidating your existing fundraising knowledge you will learn and understand how to apply proven techniques to enhance your own and your team's performance and development. These skills will enable you to manage the sustainable development and growth of your organisation's fundraising income streams.


What will you learn?

  • The Direct Response Fundraising unit examines the definition, evolution and role of direct response, individual giving behaviour, direct response planning, testing, fundraising media, e-fundraising, the online communications mix, best practice and cost structures and the characteristics of effective fundraising websites


  • The Major Gift Fundraising and Legacy Giving unit looks at forms of major gifts, the principles of prospect research, the institutional readiness, systems and processes to support major gift fundraising. In addition to this the categories and characteristics of capital campaigns will also be studied. This will include use and content of feasibility studies and monitoring and evaluation as well as the current trends of legacy giving, legacy solicitation methods, joint promotions and the role of third party partners


  • The Corporate and Grant Fundraising unit explores the forms and motives of support, CSR, organisational giving behaviour and relationship development. It will look at the management of payroll giving in the overall fundraising mix, identification of needs appropriate for grant support and the difference between restricted and unrestricted funds. It will also examine reporting requirements and organisational behaviour


  • The Fundraising Management unit analyses motivation at work, leadership and performance appraisal. It will look at reasons, methods and characteristics of a legally defensible appraisal system and volunteer recruitment and retention. It will also examine volunteer induction and training, key volunteer legislation, reasons for volunteer attrition and strategies to prevent this


How will I be assessed?

You need to complete a series of three work based and case study assignments and take a three hour written examination under formal exam conditions. To help you plan your studies the assignment deadlines and exam date for this course are below. Information on the assignment requirements can be found in the Course handbook.

The booking deadline for this course is 25th September 2017


Diploma in Fundraising  deadlines:

  • Assignment 1: 11/12/2017
  • Assignment 2: 15/02/2018
  • Assignment 3: 05/04/2018
  • London Examination date: May 2018 (between 09:00 - 17:00, exact timings and central London venue to be confirmed)

Graduation ceremony, London (optional): Nov 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed)


What level of commitment is needed?

You are expected to complete the pre-course work to ensure you are prepared for your intensive training days.

The training element of this course is being delivered over two teaching blocks.

The first block will be held on 30 and 31st October 2017 and the second block will be held on 16th, 17th, 18th January 2018. The training days will run from approximately 09:00 – 17:00 each day. You are expected to attend every session, on all five training days. You are expected to attend every session, on all five training days.

If you fail to attend you will disrupt your own learning experience and the shared learning experience of your group. You may also be expected to complete a limited amount of homework during the intensive training.

You are also expected to study at least 6-8 hours per week in your own time and complete three written assignments and a formal examination. On average the length of time needed to complete the Diploma in Fundraising is approximately nine months

To ensure you are not placed at a disadvantage when studying for an IoF qualification you should have a good command of written and spoken English to complete assignments to the required standard.

You will need Internet access to enable you to register for the file sharing service which provides essential free online course materials.

Course Fees from 1st June 2017

£2,457 for IoF Individual members, £2,608* for Non-individual members.

Course fees include: Tutor costs, access to online course resources via our online learning platform (all students need Internet access throughout their studies) and an A4 hard copy folder with printed course materials.  

You will need to purchase the course textbook Sargeant, A. and Jay, E. (2014) Fundraising Management: Analysis Planning and Practice (third edition), Routledge, London - it is not included within the course fee. 

The fee does NOT include accommodation if you need to travel for the teaching blocks.

* If you are not yet an individual IoF member your first year's membership is included with the non-member rate. You must hold a valid IoF Full individual membership while studying for a qualification. This gives access to range of benefits which should assist your studies and wider professional development.

IoF Academy Qualification Course Booking Terms and Conditions

Please note if you are a new member you will need to provide a reference to complete your membership application and our Membership team will get in touch with you to arrange this on receipt of your booking. You can visit our membership pages for more information.

IoF Student benefit - NUS Extra Card

As an IoF Individual member studying towards one of our professional qualifications* you have the opportunity to apply for an NUS Extra Card. More information can be found here.

Please consider the following questions before booking:

  • Will you benefit from gaining a recognised professional qualification?
  • Do you meet the suggested level of experience for this course?
  • Can you commit to the self-study elements of the course for at least 6-8 hours a week over a period of approximately 9 months from the start date?
  • Are you currently acting in a fundraising capacity as a manager for a non-profit organisation and do you have access to that organisation’s current materials (such as strategic plan, business plan, marketing materials and fundraising collateral)?


Assuming you can answer 'yes' to all of the above, we look forward to welcoming you to the course!

Bookings close 25th September 2017.

Further details and contact information

Email: academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk
Telephone: 0207 840 1020

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