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Bid Writing: The Basics

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Do you know the most common reasons for rejection? Are you gathering the right evidence? Are you making the right arguments? Are you using the right terminology? Are your numbers right? Are you learning from rejections? Are you assembling the right documents? Do you know how to create a clear and concise standard funding bid?

Are you communicating with people or just excluding them? Do you know your own organisation well enough? Are you thinking through your projects carefully enough? Do you know enough about your competitors? Are you answering the questions funders will ask themselves about your application? Are you submitting applications correctly?

PARTICIPANTS  

Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools, not for profits or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome.
ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95.00
MON 08 MAR 2021
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MON 22 MAR 2021
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MON 12 APR 2021
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MON 26 APR 2021
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Bid Writing: Advanced

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Are you applying to the right trusts? Are you applying to enough trusts? Are you asking for the right amount of money? Are you applying in the right ways? Are your projects the most fundable projects?

Are you carrying out trust fundraising in a professional way? Are you delegating enough work? Are you highly productive or just very busy? Are you looking for trusts in all the right places?

How do you compare with your competitors for funding? Is the rest of your fundraising hampering your bids to trusts? Do you understand what trusts are ideally looking for?

PARTICIPANTS
  
Staff members, volunteers, trustees or board members of charities, schools, not for profits or public sector organisations who intend to submit grant funding applications to charitable grant making trusts and foundations. People who provide advice to these organisations are also welcome.
ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95.00
TUE 09 MAR 2021
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TUE 23 MAR 2021
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TUE 13 APR 2021
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TUE 27 APR 2021
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Recruiting and Managing Volunteers

Where do you find volunteers? How do you find the right volunteers? How do you attract volunteers? How do you run volunteer recruitment events? How do you interview volunteers?

How do you train volunteers? How do you motivate volunteers? How do you involve volunteers? How do you recognise volunteers? How do you recognise problems with volunteers?

How do you learn from volunteer problems? How do you retain volunteers? How do you manage volunteers? What about volunteers and your own staff? What about younger, older and employee volunteers?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
WED 10 MAR 2021
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THU 13 MAY 2021
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Legacy Fundraising

 

Why do people make legacy gifts? What are the ethical issues? What are the regulations? What are the tax issues? What are the statistics? What are the trends? How can we integrate legacy fundraising into our other fundraising?

 

What are the sources for research? How should we set a budget? How should we evaluate our results? How should we forecast likely income? Should we use consultants? How should we build a case for support?

 

What media and marketing channels should we use? What about in memory giving? How should we setup our admin systems? What are the common problems & pitfalls?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
THU 25 MAR 2021
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THU 27 MAY 2021
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Major Donor Fundraising
 

Major Donor Characteristics, Motivations and Requirements. Researching and Screening Major Donors. Encouraging, Involving and Retaining Major Donors.

 

Building Relationships with Major Donors. Major Donor Events and Activities. Setting Up Major Donor Clubs. Asking For Major Gifts. Looking After and Reporting Back to Major Donors.

 

Delivering on Major Donor Expectations. Showing Your Appreciation to Major Donors. Fundraising Budgets and Committees.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
WED 14 APR 2021
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THU 10 JUN 2021
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Corporate Fundraising

 

Who are these companies? Why do they get involved? What do they like? What can you get from them? What can you offer them? What are the differences between donations, sponsorship, advertising and cause related marketing?

 

Are companies just like trusts? How do you find these companies? How do you research them? How do you contact them? How do you pitch to them? How do you negotiate with them? When should you say no?

 

How do you draft contracts? How do you manage the relationships? What could go wrong? What are the tax issues? What are the legal considerations?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
THU 29 APR 2021
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THU 24 JUN 2021
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Recruiting & Working With Trustees

 

Why do we need trustees? Who do we need as trustees? How big should our board be? Is our board diverse? What is the role of our board? Where should we advertise? How many applications do we need? How should we shortlist? How should we interview? What induction should we provide? Should we pay expenses? How should board meetings be run? How should conflicts of interest be handled? Should committees be set up? How should we review performance? How should we explain our finances? What are the common problems and pitfalls?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
FRI 05 MAR 2021
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Being A Better Trustee

 

Why should I become a trustee? How do I become a trustee? What should I expect? How can I best understand the organisation? How can I best understand the staff and the volunteers? How can I best understand about finance? Will I be accountable? Will I be liable? Will I be on committees? Will I have a code of conduct? How will I measure my performance? How will I measure my effectiveness? How will others assess my performance and effectiveness? Will I be able to make a difference?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
FRI 12 MAR 2021
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Community Fundraising

 

What is Community Fundraising? How can we develop a community fundraising plan? Do we need a communications plan? How could we best manage all the data? Should we be planning ahead? How can we best encourage fundraising activities? What is the best way to organise events? How should we manage fundraising volunteers? How can we engage with community groups? Do we need to engage with local businesses?  

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
MON 15 MAR 2021
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Writing For Work & The Web

 

Why care about words? How should I prepare? How can I create readable sections? Is it only me that suffers writer’s block? Am I really writing in plain English? How should I choose my words? How are letters, memos and emails different? How is the internet different? What are the essential points of grammar? What are the ingredients of a good report? How long should reports be? How should I write for presentations?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
TUE 16 MAR 2021
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Time Management, Delegation & Meetings

 

Where does my time actually go? Am I good at estimating how long a new task will take? Could I be better at prioritising? Are interruptions disrupting me? Do I know what others expect of me? Why delegate at all? How much should I delegate? What is the best way of deciding which tasks to delegate? Who should I delegate to? What about mistakes? Do you need meetings? What makes for an effective meeting? Do you need minutes taken? What makes a good chair? Are participants actually participating?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
WED 17 MAR 2021
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Delivering Presentations

 

What are my objectives? What is a good audience? What is a bad audience? Am I ready for an off day? How should I gather topics? How should I select and structure? Am I ready for opening and closing? What about my tone? What about my gestures? What about my jokes? Should I use visual aids? How should I use visual aids? How should I deal with questions and interruptions?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
THU 18 MAR 2021
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Leadership

 

What are the leadership strategies available? Are our leadership behaviours the best ones? How should we assess the effectiveness of our team? Who is the team leader? Why was the team leader appointed? Who exactly is in the team? How have they been recruited? How is the team structured? How are the team members rewarded? Is the team working well? How can we best develop the team? Are team meetings making things better?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
FRI 19 MAR 2021
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GDPR & Data Protection

 

What are the key elements of Data Protection? Who are data controllers? What does Lawful Basis mean? What are the six principles of data protection? What rights do data subjects have? How should we respond to Subject Access Requests? Within service delivery what are the data protection issues? What are the data protection issues within fundraising? How should staff records be maintained? Who are the ICO? What do the ICO do?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
THU 25 MAR 2021
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Public Relations & Publicity

 

What is Public Relations? How is it different to Publicity? How can I create a good press release? How can I stand out? What are the common copyrighting mistakes? How should I choose between direct mail, advertising and online advertising? How can I research media contacts? Could I write and publish articles? Should I try to get on TV or Radio? Should I arrange press conferences? Are newsletters worthwhile? What about Posters and Leaflets? What makes a great image? How can I evaluate my work?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM 
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
FRI 26 MAR 2021
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Coaching & Mentoring

 

What is coaching? What is mentoring? What is the difference between the two? What are the benefits of coaching? Which coaching style should I use? Am I asking the right questions? Am I listening? How should I set goals? How can I best obtain feedback? How can I avoid the pitfalls of coaching? How should I ensure objectivity? Am I being challenging enough? How can I evaluate the results?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
MON 29 MAR 2021
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Training For Trainers

 

How should I assess training needs? What are the venues considerations? What room layout should I choose? What presentation style should I opt for? What are the things to avoid doing? Can I turn people who don’t want to learn into people who do? How can I make people relax? How serious or how funny should I be? Can I gauge attention spans? When should I invite questions? How should I invite questions? Is there some way to handle unhappy delegates? Can I learn from mistakes? Should I seek feedback? How can I make my next course better?

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
10.00 TO 12.30
COST £95
TUE 30 MAR 2021
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FEEDBACK FROM PAST ATTENDEES

I must say I was really impressed with the course and the content. My knowledge and confidence has increased hugely. 

I got a lot from your course and a lot of pointers!

I can say after years of fundraising I learnt so much from your bid writing course.

It was a very informative day and for someone who has not written bids before I am definitely more confident to get involved with them.

I found the workshops very helpful. It is a whole new area for me but the information you imparted has given me a lot of confidence with the direction I need to take and for that I am very grateful.

I found the day very informative and it gave me confidence to take on this aspect of work that I had been apprehensive of.

I enjoyed the session and found it valuable.

So much relevant, practical information all passed on in a way which I was able to follow. All greatly enhanced by your sense of humour.

It was a useful course and your examples real or otherwise helped to make it practical. 

Many thanks. The morning just flew by - always a good sign!

I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. I will begin putting this into practice. 

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you. You have a great delivery and you made us all feel included. Thank you so much for a really excellent and instructive morning.
I found the workshop very helpful. I just wanted to say thank you for the workshop yesterday. It was really interesting and covered some very helpful points I can put into practice.
I have now received your notes which are to the point, informative and valuable for anyone treading this career path. Many courses I have attended have been so formal and boring you end up missing useful information but your injection of humour made for a relaxing and enjoyable day which always makes learning so much easier.
I will certainly take your advice on board and hope for further success. Many thanks for the course. I found it really useful and enjoyable and there was a lot of things I’d never even considered.
I have been working in the community and voluntary sector for decades and seen and been stifled by the rare highs but many lows and challenges associated with 'funding'. Your insights and matter of fact portrayal of the funding sector was a real eyeopener and rather painfully made so much sense. The information you have sent me plus your presentation has had a massive impact.
Thank you so much for the course I attended. I really enjoyed it. It was such a useful morning yesterday and I look forward to putting all your guidance into practice. It was very interesting and inspiring.
It was very helpful and informative and I learnt a lot. I’ve been writing a few bids in my current role but this definitely helped me think about the important parts and what to leave out. Many thanks for your outstanding workshop. Keep up the great work.
Thanks for a very informative and enjoyable course yesterday. Because you also quoted figures that actually made sense this gave me the confidence and reassurance that I am aiming in the right direction and getting there.
Thank you very much for sending all your notes. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and expect it to be a big help in the future. Interesting session yesterday and lots of food for thought.
I have read several books regarding fundraising and each time I am left asking questions. Not this time. I really felt that you were actually giving us the tools to complete the task. It seemed that many of us who attended had a fairly good idea of “what to do” we just needed to know “how to do it”. You provided the facts in a straight forward (and very entertaining) way which was easy to understand and I personally felt I could both relate to and put straight into practice back in the office.
Many thanks for a very informative day. You gave us a great deal of food for thought. Thank you for a solid day of learning. Loved your straight to the point attitude.
Many thanks for the attachments and your very informative and helpful briefing. I would be more than happy to recommend your course to industry colleagues.
Can I thank you again for a very helpful session and for sending all the follow up emails. Thank you for delivering an excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed the session.
I really enjoyed both workshops. Attending your workshop was a great learning experience. Would definitely recommend the workshop so if you’re looking for any endorsements for the website or anything then do let me know and I’d be happy to help.
Thank you very much for a very informative and useful course. Amazing course and delivery. Thank you. New to bid writing I found both courses most helpful and enjoyable.