Fundraiser Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Duration: 15 months (30+ hours/week)

  • Part-time option: c24 months (20-29 hours/week)

JGA is delighted to offer this expert-developed apprenticeship focused on achieving occupational competence for fundraisers.

Fundraising comprises a broad range of roles, including philanthropy and major gifts, corporate partnerships, direct marketing/individual giving, events, community fundraising, legacies and innovation. As part of the fundraising team, a fundraiser contributes to the implementation and execution of the fundraising strategy, projects and plans.

The apprenticeship programme focuses not only on knowledge but on developing the key skills and behaviours needed by successful fundraisers.

Skills include data management, financial analysis, planning and prioritising activities, identifying technological solutions and building a diverse network. Behaviours include problem solving and finding effective solutions, acting with integrity and collaborative working – and this is just Module 1!

Our programme has been developed and is delivered by experts in the sector with a wealth of experience in practical and strategic fundraising for small and large charities.

“At such a difficult time for charities, the Fundraiser Apprenticeship is a cost-effective way to build the skills and capacity needed within our organisations while supporting the development of a more inclusive and diverse sector.”

Beth – former Director of Fundraising and Communications

We provide a range of other apprenticeships to support the needs of the voluntary sector. For example, to support investment in your charity’s marketing and/or events function.

Course Contents

The JGA Group’s Fundraiser apprenticeship is a 10-module programme, developed by members of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention Committee. The modules are as follows, and these are followed by End Point Assessment preparation (tailored to the individual):

  • Introduction to fundraising; regulation, finance and ethical issues
  • Fundraising audit: external and internal environment
  • Managing supporter data: storing, insight and compliance
  • Understanding donor motivations and behaviour
  • Key components of a fundraising plan
  • Build a case for support
  • Influencing stakeholders and creating a culture of fundraising
  • Supporter care and stewardship
  • Creating winning communications
  • Budgeting, monitoring, evaluating and reporting
  • Case for Support Challenge

On successful completion of the Level 3 Fundraiser apprenticeship programme with us, learners can receive a Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Fundraising from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising for a small charge.

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As the only fundraiser for a small charity, this apprenticeship has been really useful for helping me to gain the skills I need to develop our fundraising and communications strategy and diversify our funding mix. It has been delivering exactly what we hoped.

Helen – Liverpool Lighthouse | Fundraising Apprentice

Since starting my course with JGA, I’ve been able to gain knowledge and understanding about the work I’m carrying out. My tutor is really friendly and helpful, any problems or questions I have she gets sorted within a great time frame. The lessons are always in detail and explained well by the tutor. So far, I have really enjoyed the course and it is definitely worth it when you want to start your journey within fundraising.

Zoe – Fundraising Apprentice

Delivery Model

The course is delivered through half-day seminars which take place online twice each month, combined with further learning activities, including:

  • Research tasks
  • Work-place based activities which represent real-life, useful exercises for your organisation
  • Further reading and access to high-quality digital resources
  • A collaborative project to develop an integrated fundraising campaign and pitch to a charity

All this is complemented by regular skills coaching.

The training encompasses a range of learning methods to meet each apprentice’s learning and thinking styles; with opportunities to debate concepts, opportunities and challenges in fundraising and to support lateral thinking and encourage innovation.

Throughout the apprenticeship, the personalisation of each apprentice’s Workplace Development Plan will ensure that they have agreed the most appropriate personal and professional objectives.

We also encourage individuals to get the most out of their daily work-based activities and to tailor project work in line with the vision, mission, ethics and culture of their organisation.

Fostering a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and developing the resilience of people working within fundraising is essential for a thriving sector. These principles are at the heart of the apprenticeship and are explicitly covered in a module dedicated to organisational culture.

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