The Accelerator Programme with CFNI and NICVA

2 Sep 2020 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 14 Oct 2020

NICVA is delighted to be working with The Community Foundation for NI and DfC to deliver the Accelerator Programme, to improve the skills and confidence of people in our sector and strengthen organisations at this critical time.

The Accelerator programme is for organisations in the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector, their volunteers, board members and staff. The aim is to equip organisations to move to their next stage of development and to strengthen them to thrive within the current environment. The programme will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to be well governed and compliant, as well as on how to improve how they fundraise and be innovative in their approach.

This is a great opportunity to leverage learning and good practice in support of a more resilient and sustainable voluntary sector. At the Foundation we're delighted to be working with NICVA and DfC to provide this opportunity at such a key time"  

Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy CFNI

Following a turbulent 6 months we are really pleased to work with CFNI and DfC to begin our recovery plan for the future by focusing support on the key areas that make a real difference in developing and supporting organisations.   

Una McKernan, Deputy Chief Executive NICVA

We have developed this programme specifically to meet the current and pressing needs of our sector with topics that are relevant and content that is practical and informative. The sessions will be delivered online by NICVA staff and other guest experts and will last about an hour and a half. They will be delivered from September 2020 until March 2021.

The programme will improve your skills and confidence and build the capacity of your organisation to manage and lead effectively in this new environment.

We have the first five sessions planned and we will add dates to these on an ongoing basis.

Dates for your diary

(with more information to follow):

Date Time Webinar
24 September 11am - 12.30pm Managing finances in uncertain times and the options for sustainability - RECORDING
30 September 11am - 12.30pm Fundraising in this new context - RECORDING
7 October 11am - 12.30pm Identifying and managing your risks - RECORDING
14 October 11am - 12.30pm Success in funding applications
15 October 11am - 12.30pm Information governance and cyber security
11 November 11am - 12.30pm Developing corporate partnerships
3 December 11am -12.30pm Preparing to Tender


The other future sessions will include:

  • Beyond the grant
  • Tenders
  • Big gift fundraising
  • Alternative sources of finances
  • Assessing need
  • Measuring impact's picture
by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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