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Event on Wednesday 11th July 2018: Making the Ask: Making the Move

Posted by Bianca

This interactive session explores the considerations and steps required to plan your approach to ask for support from a potential donor.

A donor is a person, organisation or business who provides something, e.g. money, support, goods or services, in order to help another. 

This session focuses on approaching businesses (corporate fundraising), but also considers using the principles to target specific individuals for a donation or support which could make a substantial impact to an organisation.

This session will help you:

• Explore the steps, principles behind and techniques for approaching potential donors
• Consider mutual benefit, motivations and expectations from both sides
• Find out what potential donors need to know about you
• Identify potential donors for your organisation
• Start preparing your approach and shaping your ask.

Networking time:

There will be the opportunity to make connections with other organisations, and practice your networking skills.


Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018

Venue: SYCF, Riverside Works, Jessop Riverside, 800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield, S9 2RX  

Time: 9.30 - 3.30 

Cost: £80 per person (lunch included)

Sheffield voluntary and community groups: £20 per person (maximum 2 places per group)

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

What previous participants have said:

“I feel that I am clear on how to develop a strategy for making the ask”

“I'll use the clear steps we've talked about in my job”

“A great session with plenty of resources”

SYFAB training on related themes:

Individual donations  provides participants with a chance to consider different methods of raising money from individuals for their projects, includes considering online giving platforms, Gift Aid and running lotteries and quiz type activities at events. Visit the SYFAB Training and Events page to find out more about this session.


How to book

To book a place on any of our courses, you need to book through our website. We accept bookings using the following payment methods:

• Online using debit/credit card or Paypal account

The quickest and easiest way to book places is to book and pay instantly online using the online booking system in the green box below. Select "Card/Paypal" for this option. Payment can be made by debit or credit card, or through your Paypal account if you have one. Your booking will then be confirmed immediately by email.

• Online followed by BACS or cheque payment

If you prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, you can provisionally reserve your place online by selecting "BACS / Cheque" on the payment screen. You then need to either make a BACS payment using the details in the reservation email we send you, or send us your cheque (with your booking reference number on the back). Once we've received your payment we will con-firm your place by email.

Your cheque should be made payable to

and posted to:

Riverside Works
9 - 12, Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane
S9 2RX

You can download our payment and cancellation terms and conditions here.

Sheffield voluntary and community sector organisations

A selection of our training sessions, which focus on different types of funding, are subsidised by Sheffield City Council for voluntary and community groups whose work benefits Sheffield residents. Sessions that are eligible for this subsidy will be highlighted under the ‘Cost’ section on the booking page. Eligible groups can access two subsidised places per session.  Places are limited and bookings are only confirmed once payment has been received.

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