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Two bursaries for fundraisers

Two bursaries for fundraisers

We’ve spotted two bursaries for fundraisers, one for major gifts fundraisers and the other for new fundraisers keen to attend a regional conference.

1. Major Gifts Mastery Programme

Rob Woods at Bright Spot Fundraising is supporting a bursary place for the Major Gifts Mastery Programme. This six month programme, which runs from 12 October 2015 to 21 March 2016, will cover how to ask for major gifts confidently, explain how to persuade more wealthy prospects to meet you, how to handle objections, and other skills and tactics.

During his time at NSPCC Woods helped boost major gift income by 29%.

The bursary is being offered via the Major Gifts Special Interest Group of the Institute of Fundraising, and is only available to members. Normally the course costs £1,497 + VAT. The bursary includes travel expenses of up to £200.

To apply, you must work for a charity with annual voluntary income of less than £1 million, work in a role where at least one third of your job is major donor fundraising, and be fully committed to improving your fundraising skills.

The deadline for applications by members is 4 September 2015.


2. IoF North West Annual Conference

Fundraisers in the North West of England can apply for a bursary to attend the Institute of Fundraising North West Conference on 4 and 5 November 2015.

The 25th annual conference ” is a fantastic opportunity to join hundreds of fundraisers in the region meeting in the peaceful village of Grange-over-Sands to learn, share ideas, and develop your craft”.

The bursaries are being sponsored by TPP Recruitment.

Applications are invited from those who have been in the fundraising sector working for a not for profit organisation for nine months or more, and to those working in the North West region. Applications will not be accepted from those working in the private sector.

The deadline to apply for an IoF NW bursary is 28 August 2015.


3. Legacy conference

The Law Society Gazette is offering two free places to the Institute of Fundraising’s Legacy Fundraising Summit in London on 14 September. Tickets costs £275, but the free places are open to fundraisers whose job includes legacies and who work for a charity with a total annual income of less than £5 million.

Contact David Roberts at the Law Society Gazette by 3 August to be in with a chance.
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Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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