University of Chichester launches first ever degree in fundraising

University launches first ever degree in fundraising

University launches first ever degree in fundraising

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A university will run the world's first undergraduate degree in charity fundraising.

The University of Chichester will welcome its first students in Charity Development BA (Hons) in September.

Nine years in the making, the course is the brainchild of Donna Day Lafferty, a fundraiser for 17 years, who is co-ordinating the three-year course.

She said: “This is a very exciting development as the university is visionary in offering this course. It feels as if as a profession, we have come of age, and we are trying to get the balance right between knowledge and wisdom.

“Go to a cancer care centre or hospice to see how important fundraisers are.

“This isn’t just about training people – it’s also about creating the capacity for charities to be there when you need them.”


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Every year in Britain, about 30,000 fundraisers secure £60 billion for the country's 164,000 charities but there is still a “serious shortage of skilled fundraisers”, according to Ms Day Lafferty, who has raised millions for charities including the Better Cotton Initiative and the Tropical Forest Trust.

The course aims to put students at the cutting edge of fundraising, with course leaders coming from the profession, speakers including leaders from national charities and companies, and students completing a paid or unpaid internship with a local charity.

Modules include subjects such as Major Donor Fundraising, where students will “learn howto capture the hearts and minds of some of the world’s wealthiest people”

and Event Planning Design and Creation, which encourages students to “Get your wellies on, don those high heels: it’s time to get very serious about parties”.

One charity worker in Sussex has welcomed the new degree. Terry Ayres, chief executive officer for Sussex Heart Charity, said: “There are thousands of charities now and all are looking to raise money so it would be a good thing to have this qualification.

“When I came into the charity business, I had to learn on my feet about important aspects such as VAT and Charity Commission rules.”

Paul Marvell, a director at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “This degree represents an enormous step forward for the fundraising profession.”

To apply for the course in September, visitwww.chi.ac.uk/charitydevelopment or email d.daylafferty@chi.ac.uk.

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12:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

FC says...

LOL

More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK!

If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that.
LOL More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK! If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that. FC
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12:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

justdavid says...

FC wrote:
LOL

More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK!

If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that.
That's simply not the case. There are plenty of job opportunities in charity fundraising and people can make a really excellent career out of it. If they do well, they'll be paid well, and if they're paid well, they'll buy more things and pay more tax, which is pretty good for the economy!
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: LOL More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK! If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that.[/p][/quote]That's simply not the case. There are plenty of job opportunities in charity fundraising and people can make a really excellent career out of it. If they do well, they'll be paid well, and if they're paid well, they'll buy more things and pay more tax, which is pretty good for the economy! justdavid
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1:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

stir up says...

a
a stir up
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1:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

stir up says...

It is interesting to note the fact that fundraisers are well paid, so the first thing they do is fund raise to pay their own salaries.
If you want to know how to raise just use your nonce and common sense.
It is interesting to note the fact that fundraisers are well paid, so the first thing they do is fund raise to pay their own salaries. If you want to know how to raise just use your nonce and common sense. stir up
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2:23pm Fri 7 Mar 14

fredaj says...

justdavid wrote:
FC wrote:
LOL

More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK!

If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that.
That's simply not the case. There are plenty of job opportunities in charity fundraising and people can make a really excellent career out of it. If they do well, they'll be paid well, and if they're paid well, they'll buy more things and pay more tax, which is pretty good for the economy!
There may well be plenty of jobs in the fundraising sector but you are going to have to do a lot more than that to convince me that a specialist 3 year degree is the necessary training.
[quote][p][bold]justdavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: LOL More pointless degrees. We don't need crap like this, we need ENGINEERS and DOCTORS coming out of the UK! If you do this degree, you will end up being told that yes, I do indeed want fries with that.[/p][/quote]That's simply not the case. There are plenty of job opportunities in charity fundraising and people can make a really excellent career out of it. If they do well, they'll be paid well, and if they're paid well, they'll buy more things and pay more tax, which is pretty good for the economy![/p][/quote]There may well be plenty of jobs in the fundraising sector but you are going to have to do a lot more than that to convince me that a specialist 3 year degree is the necessary training. fredaj
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5:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The first lesson would be how to raise £50,000 to pay your fees and living costs for the degree and would the £22,000 charity job pay that back over a 45 year career.
The first lesson would be how to raise £50,000 to pay your fees and living costs for the degree and would the £22,000 charity job pay that back over a 45 year career. Maxwell's Ghost
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1:09am Sat 8 Mar 14

KarenT says...

A 3-year degree programme for how to make a nuisance of yourself by hassling people for money. I really resent anyone asking me to give to charities, whether they be cold callers or chuggers (hate them especially!) or those annoying adverts that are on back to back on ITV3. I have already chosen the charities that matter to me and donate accordingly. Getting hassled just puts me off generally, especially their guilt-inducing tactics... ("Did YOU know that 80 percent of all children in India can't afford school nail clippers???")... just has the opposite effect.
A 3-year degree programme for how to make a nuisance of yourself by hassling people for money. I really resent anyone asking me to give to charities, whether they be cold callers or chuggers (hate them especially!) or those annoying adverts that are on back to back on ITV3. I have already chosen the charities that matter to me and donate accordingly. Getting hassled just puts me off generally, especially their guilt-inducing tactics... ("Did YOU know that 80 percent of all children in India can't afford school nail clippers???")... just has the opposite effect. KarenT
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1:25am Sat 8 Mar 14

Man of steel says...

Is it April already?
Is it April already? Man of steel
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