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BA (Hons) Charity Development

Discover fundraising, develop your business skills and work towards your MInstF (Cert) qualification

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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Fundraisers connect the people who want to change the world with the people who can. They enable the 165,000+ charities in the UK to protect the planet, save lives, deliver inspirational arts, and so much more. A career in fundraising means you are a part of the change you want to see in the world, whatever your passion.

Each year an army of over 20,000 fundraisers help UK charities raise around £60 billion – but fundraising isn’t just one job. This course will help you prepare for a future in fundraising as you discover the range of skills and specialisms this field has to offer.

Whatever your passion there is a charity out there working to make that aspect of the world a better place, and that charity needs fundraisers to ensure that it has the resources it needs to make a difference.

This BA (Hons) Charity Development degree is the only undergraduate degree that focuses on fundraising for non-profit organisations. Whether your passion lies in the social value of the arts, improving the experience of others, wildlife, or something else, this course will help you make a difference and you will graduate ready to have an impact on the industry.

Fundraising careers can involve social media, event management, planning and creative writing. This course reflects the diversity of the industry and gives you the chance to select modules to target your skills and experience alongside core topics. You can structure the course towards a grant and major donor funding route, build a strong element of project design and management, or focus on marketing skills. You may choose to focus your studies on a particular area, or you could explore a range of topics to prepare for the variety of tasks allocated to you when working for a small charity.

You will have the opportunity to choose modules to help you prepare for a leadership role in industry, to work as a freelancer, or to take your next step in higher education. You will engage with key fundraising skills of grant funding and income from individuals so you will have strong foundations for a successful career whichever route you choose. Students studying fundraising have unique access to the eTapestry CRM database, kindly provided by our sponsors Blackbaud.

You will develop your knowledge, problem-solving, analysis, self-management, and interpersonal skills.

On this course you will:

  • Have opportunities to work across a wide range of charitable causes.
  • Explore social media, event management, planning and creative writing.
  • Be able to select modules to target your skills and experience.
  • Discover grant and major donor funding route, project design and management, and marketing.
  • Learn to be a leader, team member, and work as a freelancer.
  • Take advantage of opportunities in the Business School and Conservatoire including events management.
  • Hear from guest lecturers from across the industry.
  • Have opportunities to attend industry conferences to explore live issues, and to learn from and network with fundraisers.


This BA (Hons) Charity Development degree is accredited by the industry’s leading professional body, the Institute of Fundraising, and you will work towards their ‘Certificate in Fundraising’ as part of your studies. This will entitle you to include ‘MInstF (Cert)’ after your name as a member of the Institute, which is recognised across the industry.

Theresa Manoah

Current student
"My first year as a Charity Development student has been extremely interesting. It has made me aware that fundraising will be a really fulfilling experience. I look forward to second year and becoming even more involved in the charity community. It gives me great pleasure knowing that one day my job as a fundraiser will bring a positive change to someone's life."

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will be taught by industry experts with experience in the charity and fundraising sector and hear from leading industry guest speakers.

You will take part in lectures and group exercises and can expect to attend a weekly workshop of two and a half hours for most modules. As a full-time student you will take four modules a semester.

You will attend regular one-to-one and group tutorials and study independently in your own time. Many of your modules will ask you to work with your fellow students outside of the formal study sessions, so this sociable degree will build your team-working skills in preparation for the world of work.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Introduction to Grantmakers

This module will introduce you to the role of grantmakers. There are around eight thousand grantmakers in the UK, giving around £5bn a year to good causes. Grant fundraisers are great researchers and storytellers, they understand society and psychology and can have a big impact on the capacity for their charity to do good.

Introduction to Fundraising and the Third-Sector

The third-section works tirelessly to put things right, make things better and create the world we want to live in and fundraising fuels their efforts. Most arts organisations reside in the third-sector, as do charities and cooperatives. You will also look in detail at the role of the fundraiser so you have a strong sense of your career path and options.

Introduction to Individual Giving

In this module you will consider the ever-increasing range of fundraising practices used to attract and retain individual donors. You will learn about fundraising programmes that seek multiple low-level donations, from collection tins to TV campaigns. You will also consider the history of multiple low-level gift fundraising and the impact of technology on current practice to identify the right fundraising product for a charity.

Corporate Grants and Sponsorship

Corporate (company) support for the charitable sector may take on many forms. Support may involve anything from a simple grant to a full-on relationship involving staff at every level and lasting many years. Corporate fundraisers need to be great multi-taskers, with the confidence to present to senior managers and the imagination to engage a wide range of employees.

Psychology and the Case for Support

Who gives and, more importantly, why? This module aims to create a map of human motivations to be generous, kind, and sometimes just to be involved. You will develop the skills to map motivations and learn to use communications and fundraising products to help you build effective fundraising campaigns.

Charity Project

Working with a real charity you will join a student team and put your fundraising knowledge and skills to use in this live fundraising project that runs all year. Start by planning how to raise your funds, designing your fundraising materials, and then ‘go live’. You will also work with students delivering a live creative event.

Grants, Loans and Contracts

Charities receive support from a wide range of organisations, from private grantmakers to government bodies. Building on the earlier grantmaker module you will build your understanding of the relationship between policy and funding, and develop your skills in applying for large grants, loans and contracts.

Managing Data and Finance

How do you remember the preferences of over 10,000 supporters? What do you need to ensure event participants have such a fantastic post event experience that they become loyal supporters? What do you know about that major donor, and their gift of £250,000, which was a result of two years of building their trust? Fundraising involves a lot of data so this module will explore how to handle data.

Fundraising Strategy

You will build on your knowledge of the different approaches to fundraising and ask ‘how do we plan to raise a large sum and create income sustainability’? You will discover how to research a range of information about the organisation and its legal structure, external and internal fundraising trends, and the macro-environment and its role in informing the development of a fundraising strategy. You will explore a number of planning tools and techniques to make the important business of deciding how to raise fund less daunting and more reliable.

Direct Response and Regular Giving

In this module you will learn about a range of direct response fundraising approaches including mailing, media and online, so that you can employ your knowledge and skills as a creator of direct response resources, or to commission materials. You will consider the range of language styles the industry uses and the channels through which fundraising materials are delivered to potential and existing donors.

Event Management (campus based)

In this practical module you will put on an event. You will explore the practicalities of event planning and delivery as well as the important aspects of marketing and audience research.

Major Donor Fundraising

In this module you will consider the history and current trends in major-donor fundraising, including donor investments, to discover how your charity might develop valuable and supportive relationship with high-net-worth individuals. You will discover the research, analysis and tools used for planning a major donor programme, including macro-environment data, and approaches to developing and sustaining a long-term relationship.

Charity Development Project

You will use the knowledge and skills you developed during your previous studies to write a fundraising strategy for a charity of your choice. Some students will use this to design an income strategy for their own organisation and others will work closely with the local charity to help them improve their income.

Work Based Project

Building on the Charity Development Project, you will be select a fundraising product from your fundraising strategy and bring it to life. You will design fundraising materials and plan the delivery working closely with your host charity to ensure that the fundraising materials reflect the ethos and brand of the organisation. Working with lectures you will hone the fund raising copy so that it inspires donors to give. You will be asked to write blog posts about your journey as you transition from student to professional fundraiser.

Project Design, Measuring Impact and Reporting

In this module you will consider the causes you are fundraising for, and the projects and programmes that charities exist to deliver. You will develop your critical eye from the viewpoint of the donor as you question the quality of product design. This module to provide a strong foundation for large gift fundraising or to help you to develop your wider skills as a valuable employee in any third-sector organisation.

Will Ham

I have totally fallen in love with fundraising and the course. Every single lecture and class has taught me something I can use for the charity I am passionate about. It’s a complete eye opener into a sector I didn’t understand before.


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Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Charity Development degree is accredited by the industry’s leading professional body, the Institute of Fundraising, and you will work towards their ‘Certificate in Fundraising’ as part of your studies. This will entitle you to include ‘MInstF (Cert)’ after your name as a member of the Institute, which is recognised across the industry.

This course will help you prepare for a range of careers in the fundraising and charity sector. Past graduates have taken on professional roles in local and national charities.

Your job title could be:

  • Alumni Manager/Officer
  • PA to Fundraising/Development Director
  • Campaigns Coordinator
  • Partnership and Development Manager
  • Community Fundraiser
  • Patrons Manager
  • Corporate Fundraiser
  • Project coordinator/administrator
  • Database Manager/Data Officer
  • Prospect researcher
  • Development Director/Head of Fundraising
  • Fundraiser (all-rounder for small charities)
  • Statutory Fundraising Manager
  • Direct Marketing Manager/Officer
  • Supporter Development
  • Events Fundraiser
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser
  • Individual Giving Manager
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator/manager
  • Legacy Fundraiser
  • Government Grants/Contracts Officer
  • Major Donor Manager/Officer

Further Study

You may decide to continue your studies to postgraduate level.

The University of Chichester has a diverse range of postgraduate courses including:

  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MBA
  • PGCE
  • MPhil/PhD

University of Chichester alumni receive a discount on postgraduate fees for 2021.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
C or above
in English language and mathematics.
28 points
with no element lower than 5.5.

All offers on the course are subject to successful interview.


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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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