The Major Donor Special Interest Group are pleased to offer a number of bursaries throughout the year for training and devlopment 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:

The Institute of Fundraising Major Donor Special Interest Group are pleased to offer one bursary place for the upcoming D.O.N.A.T.E. course from Paul Cartwright.  

Paul will be running his highly popular, unique-to-the-sector two-day workshop, D.O.N.A.T.E., in both Edinburgh (15/16 November) AND London (29/30 November) this year. The successful bursary applicant can choose to attend either workshop.

D.O.N.A.T.E. takes you through the six steps of Major Donor Fundraising, providing you with practical advice and real-life examples from Paul’s 10 years as a Major Donor Fundraiser/Principal Gifts Manager, and from across the sector. The course also provides you with a powerful NLP tool at every level of the fundraising process, to achieve the best result at that level!

Here’s what one fundraiser said after taking the D.O.N.A.T.E. course:

Due to the NLP techniques I learned from Paul’s training, we’ve now secured gifts amounting to £90,000 and secured partnerships that will see our brand-awareness spread nationwide. I would definitely recommend his training”

For more details visit http://www.paul-cartwright.co.uk/donate  

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 7 November

Apply now 

If you have any questions about any opportunities please contact us at this address: 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 MDSIG has offered on the Library page.