Certificate in Fundraising - Virtual Delivery (Starting 19th November 2024)

19 November 2024 - 28 August 2025
09:30AM to 12:30PM

Individual Prices


Package Type Available To Price
Non-Individual Member Fee All Days Non Individual Members £2185
Individual Member Fee All Days Individual Members £2072

The booking deadline for this qualification is 22nd October 2024. Please email academy@ciof.org.uk if you have any questions about this qualification.

Standard Content

The Certificate in Fundraising provides students foundation theoretical concepts and principles behind successful fundraising. It examines the role of fundraising within the sector and the role it plays in society. We believe that this qualification will offer candidates a truly exceptional grounding in the principles of fundraising and provide the knowledge and skills essential for a modern career in the profession.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is designed for practitioners responsible for the frontline implementation of fundraising activities. As a guide you must have a minimum of twelve months to three years fundraising experience either in a paid or voluntary capacity and you must be actively fundraising in an organisation while you are on the course. You will need to be with an organisation who can support you to complete the assessments while you are on the course.

The Certificate course is equivalent to a level 4 programme and is similar in level and assessment to the first year of a traditional full-time degree.

Please be aware that we will ask for your supporting organisations details and we may contact them.


What are the benefits to you and your organisation?

You will become a more confident fundraiser and understand how to improve your results. You will learn practical, effective fundraising skills to apply in your current role. These skills will enable you to make a positive immediate impact on your own, and your organisation's fundraising results.

What level of commitment is needed?

Pre-course work is required before the start of each module to ensure students are fully prepared for their teaching sessions. Each module is made up of two teachings sessions and a tutorial via Zoom. Students are expected to attend all live teaching sessions and tutorials.

In addition to the teaching sessions and tutorials, there are approximately 400 hours of self-directed study to complete this qualification.

Students are also required to complete four work based assignments. It is recommended that you make a note of the key dates for each module as well as the assignment deadlines before booking onto the qualification.

Module 1 - Key Dates

Pre-Module 1 Preparation work - from 5th November 2024

  • You will have approximately two weeks to complete this work before the first teaching session of this module

Session 1 –  19th November 2024

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Session 2 – 20th November 2024

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Tutorial session –10th December 2024

  • 15:00 - 17:00

Assignment 1 Deadline - 8th January 2025

  • 23:59
Module 2 - Key Dates

Pre-Module 2 Preparation work - from 22nd January 2025

  • You will have approximately two weeks to complete this work before the first teaching session of this module

Session 1 – 4th February 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Session 2 – 5th February 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Tutorial session – 26th February 2025

  • 15:00 - 17:00

Assignment 2 Deadline - 19th March 2025

  • 23:59
Module 3 - Key Dates

Pre-Module 3 Preparation work - from 2nd April 2025

  • You will have approximately two weeks to complete this work before the first teaching session of this module

Session 1 –  29th April 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Session 2 – 30th April 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Tutorial session – 21st May 2025

  • 15:00 - 17:00

Assignment 3 Deadline - 11th June 2025

  • 23:59
Module 4 - Key Dates

Pre-Module 4 Preparation work - from 25th June 2025

  • You will have approximately two weeks to complete this work before the first teaching session of this module

Session 1 – 15h July 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Session 2 – 16th July 2025

  • 09:30 - 12:30

Tutorial session – 6th August 2025

  • 15:00 - 17:00

Assignment 4 Deadline -  28th August 2025

  • 23:59


Virtual Graduation Ceremony (Optional)
  • 3rd December 2025

What will you learn?

The Fundraising Environment

This unit will provide you with an understanding of the wider environment in which charities and other nonprofits operate. It has been newly updated to reflect recent changes in regulation, self-regulation and in particular the implications of GDPR. The module also includes a strong emphasis on fundraising ethics, introducing multiple perspectives for ethical decision making, together with a detailed consideration of the role and implementation of the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Understanding Donor Behaviour

This unit reveals the emerging science of donor behaviour. You’ll learn who gives, why they give and in some cases why individuals elect not to give or decide to stop giving. We will also draw on the latest research findings from the fields of economics, sociology, marketing and the new field of philanthropic psychology. You will learn how to discern the genuine needs of donors and how to add real value in the experience of their philanthropy.

Designing Donor Communication

Here you will learn how to design compelling donor-centric communication that will inspire and excite your donors. We’ll look at the science that underpins great fundraising copy and also the design of both print and digital communications. You’ll learn how to audit communications to enhance their effectiveness in both monetary terms AND how good they make supporters feel. At the core of this is the design of a truly compelling case for support.

Fundamentals of Fundraising Planning

This unit provides a framework for the planning of fundraising activities. You’ll learn how to design a plan for your own fundraising activity, conducting a fundraising audit, writing objectives that are an appropriate response to that environment and proposing a fundraising mix to achieve them. The course will give you a firm grasp of how each key form of fundraising operates. The class will also cover key concepts such as segmentation, positioning, branding and the case for support. It will also teach you how to build a fundraising budget, schedule of activities and appropriate forms of monitoring and control.

Course text book

You will need to purchase the course textbook Fundraising Management Analysis, Planning and Practice (4th Edition) by Adrian Sargeant, Jayne George Routledge, London.

The course textbook is not included in the fees

Before booking

We’re keen to ensure you are ready to undertake this qualification.  
As a quick check can you answer 'yes' to the following questions before booking:

Assuming you can answer 'yes' to all of the above, we look forward to welcoming you to the course!

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