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CVS Bedfordshire

43 Bromham Road


MK40 2AA

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Trust Fundraising

Charitable Trusts and Foundations can be an important source of income to charities. Equally, it is an area where people can feel somewhat daunted/unsure about whether they are doing the right thing.

This one day introductory course will cover the following:

  • An overview of Trusts/Foundations.

  • What it’s like being at a Trust.

  • The most common approaches for decision making.

  • What to consider when researching Trusts.

  • Key considerations when making an application.

  • The very basic points in a Trust fundraising strategy.

  • Reporting back and developing relationships with Trusts.

The course will be pitched primarily at:

  • Those with Trust fundraising responsibilities but under a year’s experience

  • Trust fundraisers who have concerns about whether they are getting “the basics” right

  • Organisations considering whether to invest time/resources in Trusts.

Previous attendees have described the course as:

  • "In depth, thorough, fun, friendly, inclusive, encouraging, well prepared, experienced trainers, interesting, thought provoking"

  • "Informative and inspiring"

Trainer Bio: Jonathan Ashton

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Jonathan Ashton has worked in grants fundraising and tendering for over 25 years. This has included working with 12 charities, each with an annual income of below £1 million, to raise many millions of pounds.

He has assessed for five different grant-making Trusts, mentored over a dozen grants fundraisers and has run several group training courses for charities.

CVS Bedfordshire:

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Community Voluntary Service (CVS) is a voluntary and community sector support organisation, offering a range of services, enabling local organisations and communities to make a difference in Bedfordshire.

CVS Bedfordshire provides advice, information, training and facilities, supporting organisations in the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, as well as promoting volunteering and match volunteers with local opportunities.

They encourage organisations in the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to work together, and in partnership with the public and private sector, connecting and sharing knowledge and expertise.

As a registered charity (Charity number 1091423), the organisation bases staff and facilities at 43 Bromham Road in Bedford, supporting organisations throughout Bedfordshire.

We ask that all attendees arrive 15 minutes before the workshop starts to allow for registration and ensure a timely start and the smooth running of the workshop. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day, however lunch will not be provided.

You must be a member of Small Charities Coalition in order to attend this workshop. If you aren't already you can register for free here.

We want to make sure all of our workshops meet your needs, so if you have any questions about accessibility please email: training.support@smallcharities.org.uk.

If the places have all been filled please do add your details to the waitlist and we will let you know as soon as a place becomes available.

Cancellations and Refunds:
If you cancel your place at least 3 full working days before the event takes place then you are entitled to a full refund by request. Refunds for cancellations after this point are given at the discretion of Small Charities Coalition.

If you cannot make a workshop please advise us as soon as possible. Workshops normally have a waitlist and if you notify us early enough then there's a good chance another charity can attend in your place.

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