The Accelerator Programme with CFNI and NICVA

2 Sep 2020 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 28 May 2021

Between September 2020 and May 2021, NICVA worked with The Community Foundation for NI and Department for Communities to deliver the Accelerator Programme. 

The purpose of the programme was to improve the skills and confidence of people in our sector and strengthen organisations at this critical time. It was for organisations in the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector, their volunteers, board members and staff, to equip organisations to move to their next stage of development and to strengthen them to thrive within the current environment. The programme focused 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.

Recordings of 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
25 March  11am-12.30pm Sharing impact through brief and vivid stories RECORDING
12 May 11am-12.30pm Big Gift Fundraising RECORDING
26 May 11am-12.30pm Stewardship and tax effective fundraising 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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