Community Fundraising Training – the art of relationship management & business planning

The value of relationships has always been understood in Community Fundraising and today these relationships have never been more important.

Provision of and access to high-quality training to develop skills in community fundraising across the UK is patchy which is why we at THINK have partnered with local Institute of Fundraising (IoF) groups in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North East and London to offer tailored training for Community Fundraisers.

This new one day workshop, titled ‘the art of relationship management and business planning’, will help community fundraising practitioners hone and develop relationship management and business planning.

To enhance relationships, delegates will consider stakeholder mapping, effective stewardship, powerful conversations and maximising the impact from of the supporter journey. With multiple priorities to manage in community fundraisers strong planning skills is a key competence. A key aspect of the workshop will be exploring planning tools, pipelines and budgeting.

Michelle Chambers, Managing Director of THINK Consulting Solutions, said “We are excited to be working in conjunction with local IoF Groups to deliver this workshop for community fundraisers.  Community fundraising is an increasingly important income stream for many charities and its effective delivery is dependent on good relationship fundraising, underpinned by robust planning and financial management.  THINK has enormous experience in this area of fundraising and the team are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and expertise during these sessions.”

Gemma Cowan, Chair of the IOF Scotland Community Fundraising special interest group, said “I am delighted that there is bespoke Community Fundraising training, allowing us the freedom of spending a full day learning about relationship building and business planning. So often we get stuck at our desks and don’t give time to our own personal development and how we can align our own need to develop with supporting the enhancement of our organisations. This full day training will allow Community Fundraisers the headspace to immerse themselves and learn new tools and techniques to make them better fundraisers.”

Due to popular demand, six workshops will be held in Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, London and Birmingham. Early bird places are available now for £99 plus VAT and places can be booked at:

– Glasgow, 23 August – SOLD OUT

– Belfast, 26 September –

– Newcastle, 30 October –

– Glasgow, 6 November   – SOLD OUT

– London, 21 November – SOLD OUT

– Birmingham, 27 November –