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​Now is the best time for Legacy Fundraising

Press Release   •   Sep 26, 2017 14:51 BST

Richard Radcliffe, headline speaker for the Foundation for Social Improvement’s (FSI) inaugural fundraising conference in Leeds, shares why now is the best time for small charities to undertake legacy fundraising.

Small charities are in a strong position to engage with those in their community as many work at grass roots level and are at the centre of their local communities.

Donors trust small and local charities far more than the really big ones and now is the perfect time to maximise the strength of the relationships small charities have built whilst also building new ones.

Radcliffe said “This is a golden moment for legacy fundraising and it is great to be invited to the FSI fundraising conference to speak on this topic. The wonderful thing about small charities is that they have a real sense of belonging to a small community with common aims. This sense of “ownership” is the key to unlocking a fortune in gifts in Wills.”

Radcliffe headlines the FSI’s fundraising conference in Leeds which is part of the DCMS Small Charity Training Programme to deliver fundraising support specifically to small charities. Further speakers include Chis Dormer, Head of Business Development at Localgiving, Sharon Orr from Provident Financial Group, Linda Pawlowski from the FSI, representatives from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, The Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Leeds Community Foundation for a Trust and Foundations panel and Susan Morgan from the Tony Elischer Foundation.

Pauline Broomhead CBE, CEO of the FSI said

“Through our biennial Skills Gap Survey*, of the 6,000+ small charities we work with we know that lack of funding for training and development (61%) and lack of time available for employees to attend training (58%) are the primary causes for all skills gaps within small charities.

At the FSI we offer free or very heavily subsidised training and events to support learning in small charities that don’t have training budgets. We are delighted to be able to deliver our first ever fundraising conference outside of London and hope that even more small charities will access the expertise of speakers like Richard, to support their fundraising and therefore their sustainability”.

Conference places are open to charities with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. For more information, please visit the FSI website

* UK Small Charity Sector Skills Survey 2016-17

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NOTE FOR EDITORS:

For additional information or interview requests please contact –Conchita Garcia conchita@thefsi.org 020 7324 4777 or Will Martin will@thefsi.org

The FSI, Charity Number 1123384, supports the UK’s vibrant small charity sector with training, advocacy and support programmes aimed at building sustainability and knowledge-sharing. Charities with an annual turnover under £1.5 million can access free capacity-building services that encompass the full range of fundraising and back-office operations 

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.


Small Charity Week is brought to you by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), who with the support of partner organisations ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated.

The FSI, Charity Number 1123384, supports the UK’s vibrant small charity sector with training, advocacy and support programmes aimed at building sustainability and knowledge-sharing. Charities with an annual turnover under £1.5 million can access free capacity-building services that encompass the full range of fundraising and back-office operations www.thefsi.org

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