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Introduction to sustainable funding

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This three part course will introduce you to the concept of sustainable funding and demonstrate how it can work for your organisation. You will learn about the main sources of income and their characteristics, and improve your knowledge of trends in the voluntary sector economy - and what that means for your organisation. You will also gain the skills to implement a more sustainable approach to funding in your work.

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Course structure

  •  Part one: Introduction to sustainable funding 
  •  Part two: Where does your money come from?
  •  Part three: Improving your organisation's financial health

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand what sustainable funding is and how it could work for your organisation
  • be able to recognise the main sources of income and their characteristics
  • have improved your knowledge on the trends in the voluntary sector economy, and how they affect your organisation
  • have the skills to implement a more sustainable approach to funding in your work.

About the trainers

Olof Williamson
Since 2008, Olof has worked with hundreds of voluntary organisations, helping them improve their financial sustainability.

Julie Ward 
Julie joined the NCVO sustainable funding team in 2012 and she has spent the last 5 years working in the voluntary sector as both a fundraiser and a sustainable funding adviser. She has extensive experience working with smaller organisations.

Rosaline Jenkings
From a background in fundraising, marketing and project development with several major charities, Ros joined NCVO in June 2009, delivering support, consultancy and training to frontline and infrastructure organisations. She specialises in strategic income diversification and income management – particularly focusing on fundraising, relationships and marketing.

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If you have any questions about the topics covered in this StudyZone course or you want to more about sustainable funding, why not get in touch with the trainers directly?

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