The Accelerator Programme with CFNI and NICVA

2 Sep 2020 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 27 Apr 2021

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 focuses 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.

The programme is going really well so far. Between September and December we held 7 webinars and over 200 people attended from over 100 organisations. If you missed these sessions you can find the recordings below. 

We have the first dates added for 2021 and will add new dates to these on an ongoing basis. Click the links below to register and you will be sent a link to the online session.

Remaining dates for 2021

Date Time Topic
12 May 2021 11am-12.30pm Big Gift Fundraising
26 May 2021 11am-12.30pm Stewardship and Tax Effective Fundraising

Recordings of previous webinars

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 RECORDING
15 October 11am - 12.30pm Information governance and cyber security RECORDING
11 November 11am - 12.30pm Developing corporate partnerships RECORDING
3 December 11am -12.30pm Preparing to Tender RECORDING
20 January 10am-11.30am Social media for fundraising RECORDING
27 January 11am-12.30pm Starting a social enterprise RESOURCES
11 February 11am-12.30pm Using LinkedIn to connect RECORDING
17 February 11am-12.30pm Introduction to business planning RECORDING
25 February 11am-12.30pm Digital Fundraising RECORDING
11 March 11am-12.30pm Measuring your impact RECORDING


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's picture
by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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