IoF Cymru awarded grant to help charities raise more for good causes

IoF Cymru awarded grant to help charities raise more for good causes

10 March 2017

The Institute of Fundraising Cymru has been awarded a Third Sector Skills Initiative grant by the Big Lottery Fund. The £390,755 grant will be for Fundraising Health Checks and Executive Coaching. The project will aim to use experienced mentors to work with charities to review and strengthen their fundraising practices.

In recent years, IoF Cymru have seen a significant reduction in funding for the charity sector from national and local government. This comes at a time when demand for many charities’ services and work is increasing. Too many small charities report there is a skills shortage to undertake fundraising to raise the income that they need to continue their work, or to expand to meet demand. All of this adds up to an acute need for more support for smaller Welsh charities.

The project will work with thirty-five small and medium-sized charities in Wales each year over three years. This service will help charities to review their fundraising practice and draw up a programme of assistance and appropriate training. Fundraisers are often the only people with responsibility for fundraising in smaller charities, and find they need greater understanding and support for their work from senior managers and trustees. This project will help the whole charity to develop a sustainable fundraising strategy, which will raise their income and mean that they can continue and expand their important work with disadvantaged people, the environment and civil society in Wales.

The funding will also allow IoF Cymru to offer Executive Coaching for Fundraisers in smaller charities. This will be a tailored programme for the fundraiser and their charity working with an experienced consultant to improve their ability to fundraise for the causes they work on.

The project will start working with charities in June 2017.

Martin Price, Chair of The Institute of Fundraising Cymru said:

"Fundraising is one of the most effective and sustainable ways for charities to be able to raise the money they need to continue their amazing work. In Wales, often charities lack the support and expertise to build the skills needed to undertake fundraising activity. Our successful networks in South, North and West Wales go some way to mitigating the issues of isolation, but we feel we can build on this with this project. We are very happy that the Big Lottery Fund recognises the need for bespoke fundraising support for smaller charities."

Highlighting the importance of the Third Sector Skills programme, Andrew Owen, Head of Funding for the Big Lottery Fund, said:

“Programmes like Third Sector Skills are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales.

“It means that new skills can be brought to organisations that will help them flourish and take advantage of opportunities that are available to them.”


Notes to editors:

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have over 525 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year, and over 6,000 individual members.