*LIVE VIRTUAL DELIVERY* Diploma in Fundraising, starting 12th November 2020

*LIVE VIRTUAL DELIVERY* Diploma in Fundraising, starting 12th November 2020

Date: Thursday 12th Nov 2020

Time: The Institute of Fundraising has moved this course to a virtual delivery. While the course content and assignments remain the same, some changes to provide shared class engagement activities and individual support have been implemented. To hear more about this, or for questions, please email Academy@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk and we'll be happy to help.

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.

Bookings close 12th October 2020.


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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 preferably in a paid capacity and have line management experience

What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will be enabled to become a more successful, confident and strategic fundraising manager and leader. In addition to consolidating your existing fundraising knowledge you can learn and understand how to apply proven techniques to enhance your own and your team's performance and development. These skills will support you in managing and leading 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 develops your understanding and skills. We will explore core issues for effective, evidence based and outcome/impact-orientated leadership. Areas such as motivation at work, performance appraisal retention of staff and leadership will be examined. The module also explores reasons, methods and characteristics of an effective appraisal systems, volunteer recruitment and retention. It also examines volunteer induction and training, key volunteer legislation, reasons for volunteer attrition and strategies to prevent this


How will I be assessed?

There are a series of four work-based assignments which are based on every-day work experiences and expectations. They are also designed to support your development in your role and in the growth and success of fundraising in your workplace To help you plan your studies the assignment deadlines and teaching sessions for this course are below. Information on the assignment requirements can be found in the Course handbook.


Diploma in Fundraising, London, November 2020 deadlines:

  • Assignment 1: 17th December 2020
  • Assignment 2: 13th February 2021
  • Assignment 3: 8th April 2021
  • Assignment 4: 19th May 2021


What level of commitment is needed?

This qualification is comprised of four modules. Each module has two tutor-led sessions and a group tutorial focusing on the assignment. Please ensure that you are available to attend the following sessions. There will also be a significant amount of pre-course and pre-module work and many students find it helpful to identify time to be able to complete this work prior to the tutor-led sessions.

Module 1 - Teaching sessions (teaching and guidance relating to Assignment 1)

  • Session 1 - 12th November 2020

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 2 - 13th November 2020

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Tutorial session - 26th November 2020

    15:00 - 17:00


Module 2 - Teaching sessions (teaching and guidance relating to Assignment 2)

  • Session 1 - 13th January 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 2 - 14th January 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Tutorial session - 3rd February 2021

    15:00 - 17:00


Module 3 - Teaching sessions (teaching and guidance relating to Assignment 3)

  • Session 1 - 3rd March 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 2 - 4th March 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 3 - 5th March 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Tutorial session - 25th March 2021

    15:00 - 17:00


Module 4 - Teaching sessions (teaching and guidance relating to Assignment 4)

  • Session 1 - 14th April 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 2 - 15th April 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Session 3 - 16th April 2021

    09:30 - 12:30

  • Tutorial session - 5th May 2021

    15:00 - 17:00


 Is there a Graduation Ceremony?

The Graduation ceremony is held in London and is not mandatory. The Ceremony will held in November 2021, the date and central London venue will be confirmed closer to the time.

Do I have to attend every session?

If you are unable to attend due to ill health please do let us know and we will support you to identify what you may have missed and how to cover it so you can complete your assignments. Missing tutor-led sessions and group tutorials may impact on your own learning experience and can affect the shared learning experience of your group.

How long is the course?

On average the length of time needed to complete the Diploma in Fundraising is approximately nine months. During this time there will be pre-course and pre-module study and additional work for the completion of the assignments Generally you will need to around 6-8 hours a week for reading and completing the preparation for the assignments. Many students find that more time is needed in the days just prior to deadlines for the assignments

Are there requirements about my standard of communication skills?

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. Please contact if you would like more information about this.

What internet access do I need?

You will need Internet access to enable you to access our virtual learning sessions which will be via Zoom and you will need to download the free Zoom app. You will also need to be able to access our online learning platform which provides essential online course materials.

What are the Course fees and what does that include?

£2,557 for IoF Individual members, £2,741* for Non-individual members.

Course fees include: Tutor costs, access to online course resources via our online learning platform and all related course fees including assessments. The fees do not include the Graduation Ceremony

 * 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 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.

Is there anything else I need to know?

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 leader or 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)? 

If you can answer 'yes' to the above, we look forward to welcoming you to the course. If it’s not clear or you think that there is a situation you would like us to consider or you’d like to talk to us about your application please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bookings close 25th May 2020.  

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