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BA (Hons) Charity Development

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Institution C58

UCAS N900

3 years Full Time

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

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Internships and Consultancy Placements

We believe that completing academic assignments, self-guided studies and taught sessions will bring you closer to your goal of being a professional fundraiser, but being part of a professional team that is actually making a difference will inspire you to exceed your expectations.

You can dedicate a day a week during the semester of years one and two to your volunteer internship or another ‘learning through doing’ activity. We will encourage you to work with at least three different organisations over the course of your degree. 

During your third year you complete a consultancy placement; it’s 50% of your final year programme. In semester one you’ll develop a fundraising strategy for a charity of your choice. Semester two, you’ll create a real fundraising campaign and design the materials to you need to launch it. If your charity say “yes” it goes live and you’ve done your first piece of professional fundraising.

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University of Chichester Volunteer Prize

Win £250 towards the cost of your volunteer experience

We'd like to offer you the change to win in our free to enter competition. To win the University of Chichester volunteer prize, tell us about fundraising project that you're currently involved in or planning to do. 

www.chi.ac.uk/volunteer

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at Grade C or above

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

All offers on the course are subject to successful interview.

Student view

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.
Theresa Manoah

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.

Gemma Collins

Charity Development is a truly unique course, it has helped me to go beyond my comfort zone and learn a whole range of new things; now I’m excited by the variety of opportunities that come  with a future career in the third sector.

Course content

Fundraising is a diverse job, involving social media, event management, planning, creative writing and great interpersonal skills. Our degree reflects this by offering you’re the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules, in addition to the core programme. 

You may decide that event fundraising excites you most, or you may be a great social media enthusiast, our course allows you to tailor your studies in these directions. Alternatively 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. We offer modules that will help you prepare to for a leadership role, to work as a freelancer, or to take the next step in higher education. The core of your course will ensure you engage with the key fundraising skills of grant funding and income from individuals, so whichever route you chose you have strong foundations for a successful career.

Our facilities

Students studying fundraising have unique access to the eTapestry CRM database, kindly provided by our sponsors Blackbaud.

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

We take an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support and offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Both campuses host a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

The Charity Development BA (Hons) is accredited by the industry’s leading professional body. As part of your studies you will work towards the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘Certificate in Fundraising’, which as a member of the Institute will entitle you to include ‘MIinstF (cert)’ after your name, the letters many employers are looking for.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Each year an army of over 20,000 fundraisers help UK charities raise around £60 billion. But fundraising isn’t one job it’s a whole range of different specialisms, with the opportunity to find the one that suits you. Unless of course variety is what you thrive on, in which case, working for a small charity calls for exactly the flexibility and broad range of skills we teach.

Your job title might 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

Indicative modules

The BA (Hons) programme offers lots of choice, so that you can find a route through it that makes sense to you. By having a mix of modules from the Business School you’ll learn highly transferable skills and a ‘commercial’ way of thinking, and it is important to understand how the ‘other’ world thinks, modules from the arts schools (Music and Media) are far more ‘creative’ and may really suit your way of being. The Charity Development modules, of course, follow the ethos that this sector is unique, philanthropic and the people involved are similarly placed:

Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Marketing

(Module information to come)

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Programming for the Web

This module aims to introduce students to the basic principles of programming in a practical context and provide them with a solid foundation in program specification, general programming design and testing. The module involves the study of a single computer language in detail, but examples from other languages will be used to illustrate the general concepts involved. The second year module, Dynamic and Data Driven online Systems will build upon knowledge and skills gained in this module.

 

Working with others and developing staff

* Presenting to an audience * Group working skills, eg listening, observation and feedback skills, parallel thinking usising the six thinking hats (see de Bono, 2000) * Critical thinkingm rationality and logic, eg argument analysis (see Thomson, 2008) * The status of knowledge claims and 'facts' * Using electronic resources effectively * Referencing * Reflective thinking, eg using Bourner's 12 questions (see Bourner, 2003)

Into. to Grant Makers

A history of role and function of grant giving trusts , and other non-government funding organisations, including lottery bodies, livery companies, service organisations and professional associations will be covered. The income sources for these bodies will be considered, including regional variations and factors that affect future trends in giving. It will introduce the legal forms and legislative framework in which they operate . The module will analyse the macro and micro factors that influence grant giving policies, including the role of government policies, research and governing documents. The psychology of giving, role of the trustees, secretary and other decision makers will also be explored. Research methods and resources for grant giving trusts will be explored and evaluated. Consideration will be given to the importance of matching donor objectives with organisation objectives, and approaches to identify this match, as well as the role of relationships in evaluating likelihood to give. Techniques to categorize and prioritize prospects will be explored. Students will understand the tools and knowledge that support engagement and on-going cultivation of donors, including qualitative and quantitative date and theories of psychology and behaviour. Methodologies for developing a cultivation and retention strategy, supporter journey, for a portfolio of grantmakers will be explored. This module will introduce simple data storage for recruitment, cultivation, management and care beyond funding. The module will introduce theories relating to written communication, with a focus on proposals and application forms. Consideration will be given to the role and impact of communications, both within the fundraising department and wider organisation. Attention will be given to understanding explicit and implicit donor assessment criteria. An introduction to approaches to analysis of fundraising performance, in the context of both the macro-environment and within the organisations, will provide simple insight into identify organisational approaches to fundraising from grant giving trusts and basic planning tools, including SMART objectives. Approaches to identifying and resolving ethical issues, the sector guidance, bodies and regulation that enable that enable best practice and use of these resources will be taught . SCOPE: The module will consider the differences and similarities between trusts in the UK and at least one other country. It will consider the differences and similarities between fundraising in the arts, social welfare and at least one other sector.

Into. to Fundraising and the Third-Sector

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for nonprofit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country. Qualitative and quantitative data that explores the scale, scope and role of the third-sector will be analysed. The module will look at the government agencies that regulate it within the UK and umbrella bodies that support it. It will facilitate an understanding of key legislation and recent changes to law that affect the third-sector and awareness of the specialist language used in the third-sector. The module considers the history and development of the fundraising profession. The range of fundraising disciplines will be introduced. An overview of third-sector income trends and factors that influence them will be presented. The ethics of fundraising and the bodies that promote ethical fundraising will be introduced. Sources of information about fundraising and the third-sector will be identified and the role and relationship of the fundraiser to the organisation explored. The module will introduce the relationship between fundraising and a range of academic disciplines, including marketing, communications, event management and psychology. It will explain fundraising as an ultra-vires activity.

Into. to Giving

The module will review the ever increasing range of fundraising practices used to attract and retain individual donors to fundraising programmes that seek multiple low-level donations, from collection tins to legacies. It will consider the history of multiple low-level gift fundraising and the impact of technology on current practice. The module will develop an understanding the role of branding, communications and the charity’s objects in attracting individual donors. It will explore the value and challenges of working with celebrities and patrons. The psychology of and motivations for individual giving, across a range of demographics will be introduced . Methods of data collection and their relevance to different fundraising practices will be considered. The key concept of the supporter journey will be presented at an introductory level. SCOPE: The module will consider the differences and similarities between individual donors in the UK and at least one other country. It will consider the differences and similarities between fundraising in the arts, social welfare and at least one other sector.

Semester 2

Event planning design and creation or introduction to marketing

During the last 30 years the events industry has emerged as an important component within the economies of most countries. Increasingly, events are seen as an integral part of regeneration and development strategies in many different settings and destinations. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles of event planning, design and creation, providing a detailed understanding and appreciation of the range of event environments that can be designed, the inherent management challenges that event managers will face in delivering a successful event, and the basic design tools that an event manager should have to deliver them. Local fieldtrips and case studies from the national and international event environment will be used to emphasise the diverse nature of event design and creation, and the different settings in which these could be planned.

​Working with others and developing staff

* Presenting to an audience * Group working skills, eg listening, observation and feedback skills, parallel thinking usising the six thinking hats (see de Bono, 2000) * Critical thinkingm rationality and logic, eg argument analysis (see Thomson, 2008) * The status of knowledge claims and 'facts' * Using electronic resources effectively * Referencing * Reflective thinking, eg using Bourner's 12 questions (see Bourner, 2003)

Corporate Grants and Sponsorship

In an increasingly globalised society and media, most organisations and businesses are managing their public relationships (PR) to ensure that appropriate and sufficient information about their operations is passed to the public in a deliberate, planned and sustained manner, so that a mutual understanding is created and maintained between an organisation and its public. Closely associated with it, companies are increasingly looking at sponsorship as a way to effectively promote their business name, products, services or image, but also to develop and enhance their social and corporate responsibility. Thus, the aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship, which are applicable to any business regardless of their area of operations or products.

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Management and Organisations 

Students will explore ways of enhancing learning about management and themselves as managers. Management will be defined and the role of managers discussed. Students will be encouraged to develop their self-awareness in relation to their values and potential role as a manager. Group structures and processes will be introduced and the structures, functions and cultures of an organisation will be addressed. Students will explore how people are motivated, and relate this to job design factors. Power in organisations will be discussed, including theories of leadership and techniques to manage conflicts will be identified.

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Introduction to Marketing

(Module information to come)

Psychology and the Case for Support

Students will consider the philosophy and psychology of philanthropy, attitudes to fundraising and giving from the perspective of the fundraiser, the prospect or donor and their own personal philosophy. Analysis of different religions, cultures and demographic groups will build an understanding the wide range of donor motivations, alongside awareness of the impact of the macro-environment on giving. It will present a range of techniques for researching and analysing donor motivations and behaviour. Consideration will also be given to the different motivations associated with different forms of fundraising practice. Techniques for drawing this information into a donor profile to inform fundraising strategy will be explored. The role and structure of the case for support document and supporting documents will be presented, and its internal and external roles explored. Skills and information sources needed to build a strong case for support document will be taught, including development of a simple ‘Business Case’. Whole organisation fundraising, including inter-department procedures and shared approaches to celebrating fundraising impact will be introduced. Consideration will be given to the importance of facilitating inter-departmental working and people-skills. SCOPE: This module will consider motivations for giving primarily in the UK and give an overview in least one other country. It will look at differences in attitudes across a range of charitable activities and particularly between the arts and social sectors and various sizes of not-for-profit organisations

Community and Events Fundraising

The module will introduce a range of community fundraising activities, from collection tins to legacy appeals, in memorandum and commemorative fundraising (the giving of donations to charities in place of presents to individuals). It will provide students with sufficient knowledge to design and support the implementation of a community fundraising programme, introducing key skills for engaging and working with volunteers, anticipating and mitigating risks associated with income generation and marketing impact. It will also consider the scope of fundraising events, contracting third-party providers, working with celebrities, advisory committees, and supporting volunteer sponsorship activities. The module will consider how to identify suitable events for a range of not-for-profits, write a brief including an outline budget, and support the management of an event. Use of quantitative analysis of fundaising performance to identify suitable activities will be explored. Attention will also be given to the legislation, self-regulation and ethical issues that impact on community and events fundraising, with an introduction to health and safety requirements. SCOPE: This module will consider community and events fundraising primarily in the UK and give an overview in least one other country. It will look at differences in approach across a range of charitable activity and various sizes of not-for-profit organisations.

Year 2

Semester 1

Project Management

This module aims to equip students with the tools and skills necessary to manage projects effectively. Specific objectives are:

To demonstrate the importance of following a prescribed project management methodology

To introduce the concepts of project management in a practical way including: 1. effective scoping 2. planning 3. resource allocation 4. risk and issue management 5. project monitoring 6. reporting and review

Provide the basis for business case development and subsequent budget management.

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Events Management

(Module information to come) 

Grants, Loans and Contracts

The module will consider central, regional and local funding in England. It will also look at a range of English funding agencies and introduce those in the wider UK. Consideration will be given to the EC and a number of other government and multilateral agencies. Approaches to researching and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of funding priorities and the policies that inform them will be reviewed. Techniques for relationship building and networking will be explored, alongside campaigning and communications strategies for organisation positioning. Methods for analysing government fundraising performance and developing government income strategies will be taught. The differences between grants contracts and loans, and the impact that this has on the organisation will be considered. Theories and skills for developing proposals and tenders will be taught, as well as the systems necessary to ensure effective reporting. Consideration will be given to developing and approving contracts and payment schedules. The role of trustees, fundraising and advisory committees in high level networking and fundraising will be explored. The regulatory, self-regulation and ethical issues associated with government and high value funding will be explored and strategies for decision making and resolving issues developed. SCOPE: This module will look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider different approaches for organisations operating nationally and internationally.

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Dynamic Data-Driven Online Systems

This module aims to introduce students to the design principles of databases and how they can be integrated into a website to create dynamic content.

Managing Data and Finance

An introduction to databases, and simpler forms of spread sheets, for managing data will be delivered. This module will include an exploration of techniques for data coding and entry to improve efficiency and quality of data out. Methodologies for data analysis will be taught and consideration of basic qualitative and quantitative data collection for a range of donors, fundraising and financial management activities. Strategies for commissioning and maintaining effective databases will be reviewed. It will also cover techniques for paper storage and engaging and training staff teams in managing data consistently. The data protection act will be taught. Budgeting for projects will be introduced, and the difference between appeals, capital campaigns, restricted funds and core support will be explored. The presentation of financial information and an understanding of different types of giving: pledged, in-kind, volunteer-match value etc. will be considered. Living legacies and tax-efficient giving will be explored. Skills for reading accounts and a range of options for presenting financial information will be explored. Tax, VAT, Gift-Aid and handling of donations will be cover to a level that enables students to identify where professional financial management systems are required and ensure that the fundraising department is gathering correct data and providing correct donor communications. SCOPE: This module will consider data management primarily in the UK and give an overview in least one other country. It will look at differences in approach across a range of sizes of not-for-profit organisations.

Analysing and Improving Website Design & Performance

(Module information to come)

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Marketing and Advertising

(Module information to come)

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Sustainable Business Management

(Module information to come)

Semester 2

Self-employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

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Business Research

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the field of business and management research with the express aim of preparing them for their final year management project, or equivalent personal study. The module will take the students on a structured and applied journey, looking at the rationale and contextualisation for use of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The first part of the module will focus on the philosophical underpinnings and basic elements of research design and how they shape and inform the research process. Within this part of the module, students will be introduced to qualitative methodologies. The second part of the module will introduce students to the use of computer-based statistical techniques for the analysis and presentation of quantitative data using SPSS. Whilst students will engage with the philosophical issues of research, emphasis will also be placed on developing a well-constructed research approach, which maximises the benefits of a ‘mixed methods’ approach, capitalising on the advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Students will work collaboratively on a small scale research project.

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Leadership

This module invites students to explore the challenges of leadership in organisations through a critical examination of theory, practice and possible future directions. It encourages students to avoid simplified prescriptions for effective leadership and encourages them to expand their thinking on alternative strategies as they look forward to their future role as potential leaders in organisations.

Approaches to Niche Marketing

(Module information to come)

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Planning & Managing Events

The aim of this module is to provide students with the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements necessary to run a successful event. This module provides students with detailed understanding and appreciation of the specific and complex requirements that must be managed in order to plan and stage an event, as well as understanding of the implications and impacts that events create in the physical and social context where they are organised. A vocational, hands-on approach will be used to enable students to develop practical experience in planning and implementing a small-scale event.

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Marketing with Digital Media

(Module information to come)

Fundraising Strategy

Research into 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 will be taught. The module will also consider a number of approaches to, and sources for, data research and enable students to use a range of planning tools to analyse and present data. Well-established concepts and principles, their development and current application will be explored. It will consider the not-for-profit’s overall strategies, goals and achievements and the role of the fundraising strategy in relation to them. Alongside this, the not-for-profit’s communication and brand development strategy and its impact on fundraising will be scrutinized. Database and relationship analysis skills to identify prospects and fundraising advocates will be taught. Methods for consulting and engaging with internal and external stakeholders to achieve buy-in and successful delivery of the fundraising plan will be discussed. The role of trustees, fundraising and advisory committees in high level networking and fundraising will be explored. It will consider research strategies to identify new prospects and fundraising practices for the not-for-profit, including establishing new campaigns. Information about organisations that advise donors and their criteria will be discussed. Legal and self-regulation issues in the context of planning will be covered, as well as the key ethical dilemmas and development of a fundraising policy. Methods to manage risk, control quality monitor and evaluating performance will be identified and developed. Finally the resource based for delivering a fundraising strategy, including budgeting will be evaluated and calculated. SCOPE: This module will consider fundraising strategy primarily in the UK and give an overview in least one other country. It will look at differences in approach across a range of charitable activity and various sizes of not-for-profit organisations.

Direct Response and Regular Giving

A range of direct response fundraising approaches will be taught, including mailing, media and online, so that students can employ them either as creators of direct response resources, or by developing the knowledge and skills to commission materials. Consideration will be given to the range of language styles used and the channels through which fundraising materials are delivered to potential and existing donors. The supporter journey will be considered, both as a transition from one-off donor, via direct response, to regular donor, and as an on-going engagement to increase retention and giving levels. Communication materials for donor retention and reporting will be explored. The module will look at survey theory and tools that enable fundraiser to understand donor motivations and evaluate direct response and regular giving planning, monitoring and evaluation. It will use concepts employed in different disciplines, such as marketing and psychology and consider their relevance to fundraising practice. The legislation, self-regulation and ethical issues associated with direct response and regular giving practice will be covered and skills to research evaluate and propose solutions to problems developed. SCOPE: This module will consider direct response and regular giving fundraising practice primarily in the UK and give an overview in least one other country. It will look at differences in approach across a range of charitable purposes and sizes of not-for-profit organisations.

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Planning and Managing Events

The aim of this module is to provide students with the conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of the tools, steps and requirements necessary to run a successful event. This module provides students with detailed understanding and appreciation of the specific and complex requirements that must be managed in order to plan and stage an event, as well as understanding of the implications and impacts that events create in the physical and social context where they are organised. A vocational, hands-on approach will be used to enable students to develop practical experience in planning and implementing a small-scale event.

Project Management

This module aims to equip students with the tools and skills necessary to manage projects effectively. Specific objectives are:

To demonstrate the importance of following a prescribed project management methodology

To introduce the concepts of project management in a practical way including: 1. effective scoping 2. planning 3. resource allocation 4. risk and issue management 5. project monitoring 6. reporting and review

Provide the basis for business case development and subsequent budget management.

Year 3

Semester 1

Personalising the Commercial Web Experience

This module aims to develop students. IT and business skills to implement effective web techniques, following on from the level 2 module Analysing and Improving Website Design and Performance. Students will critically analyse a commercial website and identify and justify ways that the visitor experience could be made more personal.

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Global Marketing

This module will equip learners with problem solving and decision-making skills for an understanding of global marketing. It will enable learners to critically evaluate key issues associated with global marketing within the context of a dynamic cultural environment. Students will appraise global marketing opportunities and threats in order to make decisions relating to an organisation’s ability to successfully enter and compete in international markets. The module will assume a practical and analytical marketing perspective.

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Marketing Communications

(Module information to come)

Major Donor Fundraising

The module will look at the history and current trends in major-donor fundraising, including donor investments. The psychology of major-donor fundraising will be explored from the perspective of the donor and the staff and supporters involved in engaging, cultivating and retaining major-donors. Donor development plans will be explained. It will consider 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, some of which will be at the forefront of this practice. Organisational ‘readiness’ to engage in major-donor fundraising and the ethical issues associated with this fundraising practice will also be examined. The role of networking, events and celebrities will be analysed. Skills and knowledge to develop effective pitches, presentations and proposals will be developed, alongside the soft interpersonal skills, such as managing objections and expectations. The role of trustees, fundraising and advisory committees in high level networking and fundraising will be explored. Regulatory and self-regulation will be taught. The role of incentives and their financial implications, such as tax-effective giving and donor recognition will be covered. The module will consider the need for contracts and agreements and when to seek professional support. SCOPE: This module will focus on major-donor fundraising in the UK and give consideration to this practice in at least one other country. It will look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider different approaches for organisations operating nationally and internationally.

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Public Relations and Sponsorship

In an increasingly globalised society and media, most organisations and businesses are managing their public relationships (PR) to ensure that appropriate and sufficient information about their operations is passed to the public in a deliberate, planned and sustained manner, so that a mutual understanding is created and maintained between an organisation and its public. Closely associated with it, companies are increasingly looking at sponsorship as a way to effectively promote their business name, products, services or image, but also to develop and enhance their social and corporate responsibility. Thus, the aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the management principles and tools of public relations and sponsorship, which are applicable to any business regardless of their area of operations or products.

Charity Development Project 

This module allows students to work individually or collaboratively to produce a creative artefact, which may include but is not exclusively, a performance or film based artefact. An outcome criterion for this creative artefact is that it should contribute to the charitable objectives of an identified local, national or international charity. To support the process students will explore the complex relationship between culture and wider third-sector activities, considering both theories of culture‘s value to society and the servant role of creative artefacts in deliver charitable outcomes. The relationship between the artefact and its charitable goals should be synergistic and the planning and delivery of the artefact should reflect the integration of the two elements. Skills in both project planning, delivery and collaboration with third-parties are key to this approach and will be addressed within the module. The module will work towards, and culminate in the production of a measureable performance based artefact, which may be temporary (e.g. live performance) of permanent in nature (e.g. film, script, recording).

Semester 2

Project Design, Measuring Impact and Reporting

Students will be introduced to a range of project planning tools and theories, and those that influence project planning, such as the ‘theory of change’. Project design features that are of particular relevance to the third-sector will be considered, including the engagement of beneficiaries in project design, monitoring and evaluation. The role of the facilitator, the knowledge, skills, and function of fundraiser as facilitator will be studied. Third-sector specific approaches to measuring impact, across a range of charitable objects will be taught and the influence that these have on project design will be considered. The strategies for working with not-for-profit teams to identify and integrate impact measurement into project delivery and reporting will be explored. Methodologies and tools for data gathering and analysis will be reviewed, alongside evaluation of their cost-benefit (financial and time). The importance of monitoring evaluation and lesson learning will be discussed in relation to donor motivations and expectations and the tension between the donor’s, project’s and beneficiaries’ needs considered. The module will evaluate strategies for managing donor expectations in relation to: project design; funding criteria; investment in monitoring and evaluation; and the wider sharing of lessons learned. The design and content of donor reports will be discussed with reference to a wide range of donor profiles. Student will identify cost effective strategies for gathering data, beyond project reporting compliance, that supports powerful reporting and engagement materials, e.g. images, personal stories and statistics. Ethical and relationship management issues relating to reporting, including confidentiality and the effective manage of project change, challenges and failures will be considered. SCOPE: This module may only consider the sector-specialist impact reporting concepts and theories that are currently at the forefront of thinking in the UK. It will however look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider different approaches for organisations operating nationally and internationally.

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Budgeting and Financial Planning

This module will focus on the realistic and accurate budget management of an identified performance project and students will explore a range of strategies designed to ensure successful delivery of the project and within identified budget constraints.

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Small Business Enterprise

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow students to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon students’ earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those students that desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme.

Organisation Formation, Regulation and Development​

The recently expanded number of legal forms for not-for-profits will be investigated from the perspective of both income generation and service delivery. The implications for earned income, either through trading subsidiaries and primary-purpose trading will be explored. The module will consider the tax and regulatory implications of earned income. It will consider statutory reporting requirements, fundamentals of company management and the role of the organisation’s senior leadership. The process of registering not-for-profits and understanding when specialist advice is required will be taught; umbrella bodies that provide advice and support will be identified. The development, review and revision of not-for-profit policies and procedure will be considered, alongside an overview of organisation models. The role, benefits and cost of independent accreditations will be explored. Recognising that the health of an organisation has an impact on income generation for not-for-profits, basic skills associated with reviewing organisation structure and change management process will be developed. A range of situations where change can contribute to improved service delivery and income will be considered. Mergers and strategies for partnership service-delivery and bidding will be explored including formal and informal agreements, e.g. memorandum of understanding. SCOPE: This module will mainly focus on the legal framework within England, consideration will be given to the wider UK and legal structures in another country will be considered at the tutor’s discretion. It will however look at differences in approach across various sizes of not-for-profit organisations, and consider the impact of different charitable activities on decision making.

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Designing Developing and Delivering Training Materials 

(Module information to come)

Work Based Project

The specific fundraising practices, theories and concepts explored during this module will be dependent on the student’s choice of work based project, which will be drawn from their fundraising strategy and/or material covered in previous modules. However, for all students this module will continue to develop personal strategies and competencies in the areas of research, analysis, problem solving, communications and personal management. Refresher sessions will review core knowledge in the areas of psychology, marketing, and project management, while providing opportunities to explore ideas and develop thinking at the forefront of these disciplines. Further training will be given specifically in the areas of budgeting, financial management, record keeping, monitoring and reporting. Knowledge of theories and strategies relating to work-place skills will be expanded. SCOPE: The scope of this module will be determined by the projects selected by students and at the discretion of the tutor.

You can see the how these modules form your credit in our Module Map.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

Our course leaders are drawn from the profession. We also invite a regular programme of leading industry guest speakers, so you are always learning from the cutting edge of fundraising, vital in a profession that doesn’t stand still. You’ll also have opportunities to attend industry conferences exploring live issues, learning and networking with fundraisers. 

Classes are lively and you’ll find yourself being asked to tackle new knowledge through short lectures and group exercises. Most modules are supported by a weekly workshop of 2.5 hours; as a full-time student you will take 4 modules a semester. Many of the modules ask you to work with your fellow students outside of the formal study sessions, so it’s a sociable degree that builds the team-working skills essential to the real world of work.

In addition there are regular one-to-one and group tutorials, alongside your own self-guided study. Our emphasis is on the development of knowledge, problem-solving, analysis, self-management, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Costs

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Come and say hello...

We think you’ll be surprised at how diverse the fundraising profession is. The best way to really get a good idea of the possibilities it offers is to come and join us for a coffee, or a chat over Skype/phone. We’re always happy to discuss your interests and answer your questions, so if you want to know more drop an email to d.daylafferty@chi.ac.uk.