Benefiting from over 30 years’ practical skills training experience, Fitzwilliam Institute’s online Diploma in Charity, Fundraising and Sponsorship Event Management course features:
Event Management Planning
Managing Event Planning Schedules; Feasibility Studies; Identifying Event Goals and Listing Objectives; Event Organisational Charts; Duty Rosters; Record Keeping Mechanisms; Recruitment; Reviewing Event Contracts and Agreements; Troubleshooting Event Co-ordination; Creation and Presentation of Proposals to Clients;
Developing Creative Elements; Scheduling Entertainment; Site Planning and Inspection; Analysis and Management of the Registration and Admission Process; Providing Adequate Event Security; Planning Event Protocol Requirements; Coordinating Event Speakers with additional Entertainment for maximum effect; Identifying Appropriate Food and Beverage Menus; Event Contingency Planning;
Overview of Fundraising, Charitable and Sponsorship Events
Define Fundraising Event; Define Charitable Event; Define Community Event; Goals for a successful Event; Types of Fundraising & Charitable Events; Key Elements of a Fundraising or Charity Event; A Model for selecting an Event type;
Charity, Fundraising and Sponsorship Event Revenue
Goals of the Organisation; Goals of the Event; Monetary Goals; Budgets & Estimated Revenue; Revenue Streams; In-kind Donations; Estimating Attendance; Sponsors; Tools to assist with budgeting;
Who are the Stakeholders; What role does each one have in Planning the Event; Identify the Decision Makers in the Organisation; Corporate Sponsors and their Role in the Event;
Use of Volunteers; Recruitment of Volunteers; Volunteers in Leadership Positions; Training of Volunteers; Motivating Volunteers;
Selecting the Right Event
Balls and Dinners; Sport Events; Challenge Events; Musical Events; Cultural Events; Conferences; Receptions; Auctions; Concerts (celebrity or local talent); Family Friendly Events; Festivals;
Raising Money Using Fundraising & Charity Events
Donations; Ticket Sales; How to Negotiate and Secure Sponsorship; Auctions; Record Keeping; Receipts and Donation Claiming;
Planning a Fundraising or Charity Event
The Master Event Timetable; Target Audience of the Fundraising or Charity Event; Event Profile; Select type of Event; Event location; Food & Beverage Service; Prepare the Budget; Analyse and Assess Risks; Develop Promotional Materials; Event Staff Requirements; Entertainment; Decorations (as required);
Event Risk Management
Budgeting; Forecasting Expenditure; Compiling and Understanding Event Contracts; Managing Health and Safety; Event Risk Assessment; Copyright and Trademark Considerations; Event Ethical Practice;
Accident, Incident and Emergency Management
Public Liability and Insurance; Accident and Incident forms; Planning for Hot or Wet and Stormy Weather Conditions; Emergency Management Plan for Fire; Explosion; Dangerous Chemical Release; Medical Emergency; Bomb Threat; Robbery etc.; Emergency Services Management; Fire Safety; Contingency Planning; Evacuation Plans and Training; Crisis Management Strategy; Media Management during a Crisis or Emergency; Management of Complaints;
Overview of Legal Requirements
Charity Rules and Regulations (examples from various countries); Professional Fundraisers; Charity Name and Registration; Principles and Standards surrounding Charity Events; Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct;
Fundraising & Charity Event Evaluation & Reporting
Tools for Measuring Success of Fundraising & Charity Event; Evaluation of Expenses; Evaluation of Volunteers; Evaluating the Program; Revisit the Event Objectives - were targets met?
Sustainable Event Management
The Importance of Making your Events Environmentally Friendly; Benefits to your Company; Benefits to your Clients; Benefits to the Environment; Environmental Standards & Eco-friendly Credentials; Schemes you can adhere to; Options Available; Carbon-Neutral Events; Types of Eco-Friendly Events/Suppliers; Eco-friendly Weddings; Eco-friendly Conferences; Eco-friendly Caterers; Eco-friendly Venues and Questions to ask them;
Determining Potential Sponsorship Market based on the Event Type; Time; Location; Assessing Selling Points of the Event; Determining Sponsorship Fulfilment Responsibilities; Research and Set Sponsorship Pricing based on Market Factors and Event Exposure;
Planning the Event Proposal Strategy; Preparing the Event Proposal; Sending Invitations; Budgeting and Buying Advertising; Publicising the Event; Organising Contests; Merchandising; Packaging and Sales Promotion; Formulating a Public Relations Strategy; Conducting Market Research; Methods of Measuring Marketing Activity;
Marketing Fundraising & Charity Events
Outline Objectives of Event; Identify the Target Audience; Develop Marketing Plan; Using Sponsors to Market; Social Media Marketing; Getting the Message out via the Media; Promotion; Public Service Announcements; Word-of-Mouth; Making News; Publicity Stunts; Pre-Event Marketing; Post-Event Marketing;
Understanding the Objectives of the Press Conference; Defining the Target Audience that Should Attend; Planning Date and Time; Selecting and Booking Venue; Listing Logistics Requirements; Developing a Speaker and Presentation Plan; Reviewing Presentation Content with your Client; Timelines and Media/Press Invitations; Managing Confirmations; Define the Format to a Press Release Structure; Date; Headline; Structure; Wording; Contact Details; Note to Editor; Structuring a Press Release (The Inverted Pyramid model); The Appropriate use of Language for Press Releases;
Sponsorship; Internal PR functions; Corporate Image; Press and Broadcast Media Relations; Client Relationships; Internal PR; Commissioning and Briefing Photographers; Supplying Material to the Press/Getting Material onto TV and Radio; Organising Seminars; Exhibitions and Conferences; Audio/Visual Aids; Writing Skills (Press Releases; Writing Feature Articles for the Press; In-house Journals and Newsletters); Crisis Management; Corporate Advertising; Brochures and Printing;
Social Network Marketing
Introduction to Social Media and Social Networking; How Social Media is transforming the way we do Business; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube;
Setting Up & Marketing Your Own Consultancy
The Business Plan; Legalities; Setting Up; the Marketing Strategy; Knowing Your Competitors; Promotional Tools;
Setting up and Managing a Project
Setting up a New Project; Creating Sub Tasks; Setting Task Durations; Setting Task Dependencies; Modifying a Task; Adding Notes to a Task; Adding Resources to your Project; Work and Material Resource Types; Assigning & Modifying a Resource; Assigning Costs to a Resource; Adding Notes to a Resource; Inserting Milestones in a Project; Tracking your Project using Baselines; Creating Project Reports; Common Project Management Terms; Resources and References;
ONLINE PUBLIC RELATIONS
The Social Media Landscape
Blogs; Microblogs; Chatrooms; Delicious; Email; Flickr; Twitter; Instant messaging; Message Boards; Mobile Internet ; New Media Releases; Online Conferencing; Online Surveys; Pay per click; Podcasts; RSS; Search Engines; SEO; Social Networking Service Sites; Video Sharing; Virtual worlds; VoIP; Wiki and Widgets;
The Internet as a Media
Commercial Implications of the Internet; Social Interaction with the Internet; Web 2;0 and its Implications; Internet Convergence; the Network Effect; Internet Information Exchange; Internet Audience Size and Exposure; Internet Culture and Communication; Transparency and the Internet;
Public Relations and Search Engine Optimisation
PR tactics; Optimising your Campaign; the Google Factor; SEO Tactics; SEO Guidelines; Factors influencing SEO; on-page and off-page SEO; CMS; Link Building; Link Building guidelines;
Social Media and PR Strategy
Local versus Global Communication; Landscaping Platforms; Channels and context; Online PR Organisational Analysis and Segmentation; Developing Online PR Strategies; Online PR Tactics and SEO considerations; Online PR Planning; Managing Online PR Risk and Opportunities;
Online Influences on Present PR Practices
Internet influence on News; Internet Journalists; Economics of Online News Production; Internet Critics and other influences; the PR Practitioner as an Online Publisher; Ethical Internet PR; Truthfulness and Duty of Care; Online Ethics; Debate; Guidelines and Best Practice; Monitoring and Evaluation of Social Media Discourse; Trends and Value; Policy Influences; corporate speak; Implications of Social Media for Corporate Social Responsibility;
Preparation and Research; Speech Content; Subject Matter and Objectives; Speech Delivery and Variety; Body Language; Eye Contact; etc.; Presentation Aids;Management of Locations and Audiences; Presentation Structure;
From observing trends in the non-profit sector and wishing to keep my skills fresh and relevant for any opportunities that may arise with my own employer (disability service) or elsewhere, I noticed that public engagement, fundraising, corporate partnership, sponsorship and event management were on the up.
I researched far and wide before settling with Fitzwilliam Institute's Diploma in Charity, Fundraising & Sponsorship Event Management - my personal circumstances (full time employee, mother of two small children, distance from educational institutions) together with their reputation, course structure and cost were my deciding factors.
As the year went on, I found working at my own pace very beneficial as well as getting to apply my learning at work, which I had not expected and had me feeling much more confident in my job. It started turning into the best year ever - I was enjoying the variety at work - in 14 years, it was the best so far.
Then a lifelong dream of writing and publishing a book for Jane Austen's bicentenary (2017) came up (which has received international acclaim), together with curating a Jane Austen/Georgian Festival in Limerick. While these are totally separate from my career - the skills I learned re event management and sponsorship have been invaluable and I have no doubt but I may not have ventured into this festival of theatre, screen, regency fashion, afternoon tea and workshops without it. In fact the book launch and the media attention I have received have required excellent project and event management skills.
I highly recommend Fitzwilliam Institute - you never know where it may lead you!! - Rose Servitova - Job Coach, Author & Festival Curator
On successful completion of this course you will receive a Professional Diploma qualification that is certified and awarded by the ICM (Institute of Commercial Management).
The Institute of Commercial Management was founded in 1979 and is one of the leading Professional Examination and Certification Bodies in the world today. Fitzwilliam Institute have developed and provided practical skills training courses in liaison with the Institute of Commercial Management qualifications and certifications framework for over 25 years. The Institute of Commercial Management certifications and continual professional development training awards are recognised by leading industries, bodies and professions.
Duration: You will have full access to online resources and subject expert support for one calendar year. However, you can complete the course in as little as 4 - 6 months, by dedicating 6-8 hours of study per week.
Course Fees: 995.00 EUR
To secure your place on the course the full fee is required. All fees must be paid in full before the course begins. Please note, the full course fees are inclusive of all course materials and certification costs.
Enrolment intake is strictly limited on this course. Early application is advised. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Fitzwilliam Institute closes on Bank Holidays and for a number of days at Christmas and New Year. Fitzwilliam Institute reserves the right to postpone, cancel or alter courses without notice or to change any of the details in this brochure. Fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitzwilliam Institute. Distance Learning courses are provided by Fitzwilliam Institute BGLS Ltd.
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