The Major Donor Special Interest Group are pleased to offer a number of bursaries throughout the year for training and development opportunities. These are intended to support fundraisers for whom Major Donor fundraising forms either the whole, or the majority of their role, and for whom their organisation is unable to provide budget for such opportunities.

New opportunities will be added throughout the year, and will be advertised through our email forum, LinkedIn group, and Twitter. If you have any questions about our bursary programme please contact us at MajorDonor@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk


Current Opportunities:

**Bright Spot Major Gifts Mastery**

The Major Donor Special Interest Group are delighted to offer a place on the upcoming Bright Spot Major Gifts Mastery Programme.

Major Gifts Mastery, with renowned trainer Rob Woods, is a six month immersive package that will help you grow your skill, confidence and results. The programme will run from 24 April – 5 September 2019.

‘I found the Mastery Programme incredibly helpful. For example, I recently used the techniques from the course before and during a meeting with a donor who has now agreed to make a gift of £500,000.’

Melanie Bushell, Development Director, The Portsmouth Grammar School

You can find out more about the programme here: Major Gifts Mastery

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 March.

Apply now 

If you have any questions about any opportunities please contact us: MajorDonor@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk


  • Applicants must be in a role with at least 50% focus on major donor fundraising.
  • Only one bursary can be awarded per person in a calendar year. 


Previous Bursaries:

You can view previous bursaries that the Major Donor Special Interest Group has offered on the Library page.