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Online workshop: Setting yourself up for fundraising success

4th May, 2020 - 6th May, 2020

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Findacure is delighted to announce its first online workshop, which will provide support and guidance to rare disease patient groups looking to enhance their skills in fundraising.

Taking place in interactive 90-minute sessions across three days, the workshop will delve into three key topics; finding fundraising opportunities, top tips for a good fundraising application, and seeking support from corporate organisations.

The workshop is particularly suited to help patient groups who have previously been reliant on community fundraising (such as sponsored runs and activities) and now find themselves without this important revenue stream due to the impact of Covid-19.

Attendees will gain the most benefit by attending all three days of the workshop, however you can also sign up for each session independently. As spaces are limited, we politely request that only one member from each organisation registers to attend. 

11:00am - 12:30pm, Monday 4th May

Day one of our workshop will focus on how patient groups identify suitable routes of funding for their organisation, with a particular focus on fundraising through foundations and trusts. The session will be delivered by Findacure’s Fundraising Manager, Laura Thompson-Harper, and CEO, Rick Thompson.

What will be covered?

 Where to look for fundraising opportunities.
 How to assess whether a fundraising opportunity is appropriate for your organisation.
– Finding “emergency funding” opportunities in response to Covid-19
– Thinking “outside the box” when seeking funding.
– How to prepare your projects for funding applications.

11:00am - 12:30pm, Tuesday 5th May

Following on from day one, day two of our workshop will provide a step-by-step walkthrough on writing successful funding applications that stand out from the crowd. We will be joined in this session by Mairead Bailie who is the Funding Officer at The National Lottery Community Fund and a DSC Trainer.

What will be covered?

 What are funders looking for in a good application?
 Writing clearly, concisely and persuasively.
– Preparing your “ask”.
– Demonstrating and measuring your impact.
– Reporting back to funders.
– The importance of perseverance and resilience in fundraising.

11:00am - 12:30pm, Wednesday 6th May

The final day of our workshop will look at how patient organisation approach and secure funding support from corporate organisations, both within and outside of the rare disease world. The session will be delivered by Laura Thompson-Harper, Rick Thompson, and include direct insights from industry.

What will be covered?

 What is corporate social responsibility (CSR) and why do companies do it?
 How to find and develop CSR opportunities.
– Understanding the difference between corporate grants and sponsorship.
– Applying for corporate funding.
– Best practice when dealing with corporates.
– The importance of networking, building and utilising relationships.

The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and joining details will be sent to attendees upon registration. When registering, please ensure you select a ticket for each session you wish to attend. 

Findacure would like to thank The National Lottery Community Fund for providing funding for The Empowerment Programme.


Mary Rose Roberts