Introduction to Fundraising

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Welcome to the Introduction to Fundraising course – what can you expect?

Are you new to the sector or thinking of changing careers and looking to improve and develop your understanding and knowledge of fundraising?

Delivered by experienced trainers, the Introduction to Fundraising course offers a practical introduction to the profession, covering basic principles and best practice. You will also learn how to ensure your fundraising activities are legal and ethical.

As a result you should be able to better contribute to your organisation’s fundraising effectiveness and understand why your relationship(s) with your donors and supporters is critical to your success. 

Fees and membership

Please see the training, qualfications,events and resources listing for upcoming course dates near you.

Coronavirus update: We are postponing all upcoming face-to-face Introduction to Fundraising courses until further notice. We will continue to keep this situation under review and will update with further details as appropriate. The online course can be accessed as usual.

If you have any questions about this, please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Course fee

A fee of £75 per course place (plus booking fee) is payable online by credit/debit card at the time of booking to the relevant National or Regional Group hosting the course.

Special membership offer for course attendees

Introduction to Fundraising attendees benefit from a special Individual Member discounted joining rate of just £85 (a saving of £47) for the first year. If you have any queries please call our Membership team on 020 7840 1010 or email

Scottish small charities reduced rate:

For our Introduction to Professional Fundraising course, we offer a reduced rate of £20.00 (+ booking fee) for Scottish charities with a turnover of less than £250,000 per annum, or individuals/sole operators who are new to the fundraising sector in Scotland.


The RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage programme offers a contribution of £40 towards the total cost of the course to individuals working in the arts and culture sector in England and outside Greater London.

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