Introduction to institutional donor fundraising and proposal writing - 1-day training with Rachel Haynes

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Introduction to institutional donor fundraising and proposal writing - 1-day training with Rachel Haynes

Price - 1 day course including lunch:

SWIDN Members: £75 - £125 +booking fee (price depends on membership category)
Non-members: £150 +booking fee
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This one day course will offer an introduction to the institutional donors landscape and proposal writing for institutional donors.  A pre-course survey will be sent around to ensure that the content is tailored to your learning requirements.  

This course will help you to:

  • Assess the costs and benefits of institutional donor fundraising for your organisation

  • Use project planning techniques and concepts to design and plan a solid funding proposal in the donor format 

  • Identify key factors that can help your proposal be successful

Suggested participant preparation

There will be a short pre-training questionnaire to complete. Participants are invited to bring their own proposals to work on. 

Trainer profile

Rachel has been working in the international development NGO sector since 1994, during which time she has been successfully applying to, and managing large grants from institutional donors to fund international development, including DFID, European Commission, and numerous large foundations.

Previously Head of Resources for an international development NGO, she is now Director of Flamingo, a consultancy offering services in funding, learning and management to international NGOs (see more at 

Since 2012 she has worked with over 45 international NGOs in this capacity, on any and all aspects of institutional donors, including leading bids, fundraising strategy, donor research and intelligence and coaching and training. 

A strong believer in collaboration within the international NGO sector, she is active in the UK’s Bond network of UK NGOs, and is a Bond associate and regular trainer.

Bursaries available for small international charities based 100+ miles from Bristol

SWIDN has a small number of fixed amount bursaries available to help small international development charities (under £100k annual income) based 100+ miles from Bristol attend this training course. Your charity will need to be registered and you will need proof of where it is based and your most recent annual income. If you are interested in applying and would like further details, please email with 'Training bursary' in the subject line.

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