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IoF to carry out fundraising skills audit in N Ireland

IoF to carry out fundraising skills audit in N Ireland

The Committee of the (IoF) has received funding to undertake research into fundraising skills in .

The IoF said there is a knowledge gap regarding the scale and impact of “fundraising skills” in Northern Ireland and little is known about the number or calibre of people involved in fundraising.

The aim of the research is to gain knowledge to better inform future planning and investment within the fundraising sector in Northern Ireland and highlight how best the IoF could best use their committee talent, expertise and limited financial resources to mutual advantage.

IoF received support from Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) and management consultancy PACEC, formerly RSM McClure Watters, to carry out the research.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded NIEL a further £115,250 in 2016 under its Catalyst Umbrella Programme to extend its fundraising capacity building and programme for the “heritage” and “environment” sector in Northern Ireland until Spring 2018.

The programme has been designed to develop and enhance organisational and individual skills, knowledge and experience in “new” funding source identification and “new” fundraising techniques.

The programme is delivering fundraising training and support across a range of topics and practice including:

  • Institute of Fundraising accredited fundraising training courses.
  • Vocational training workshops and events across a wide range of topics.
  • Fundraising advice clinics.
  • Peer and mentoring fundraising support.
  • Continuous Fundraising Professional Development.
  • Website fundraising information, practice and learning materials.



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.

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