Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises

Understand the funding options for your charity or social enterprise.

Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises

Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises will provide you with the knowledge that you need to successfully fund your organisation.

What you’ll learn from this workshop

Sources of Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises is a practical workshop which will give you an insight into the mindset of the people who make funding decisions and what makes them tick. A panel of speakers will give you the top tips that you need to win new funding for your organisation.

  • You will discover how you can generate diverse income streams from a variety of sources; grant-making organisations, major donors, philanthropists and corporate funders.
  • We will show how you can find new funding opportunities and how to make the contacts that you need.  You will feel more confident that you understand the range of funding available to your organisation.
  • You will leave the workshop with an understanding of the different income sources available to you, insight into what a range of funders are looking for and an action plan to develop new income streams.
Sources of Funding

Hannah Carlin, Lifeline

“Very informative - a lot more examples and case studies of help and funding available than other similar courses”

Who you will hear from

Each workshop will include speakers from some of the leading organisations that provide funding to the sector. Speakers have previously included:

  • Buzzbnk
  • Trust for London
  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • PwC
  • Big Issue Invest
  • Social Investment Business
  • Linklaters
  • Esmee Fairbarn
  • The Funding Network


Course timetable

Here’s an example timetable of what you can expect on the day:

Welcome and introductions

The ‘funding spectrum’.

We’ll provide an overview of the different income streams available to your organisation and discuss the pros and cons of each one.

Funding panel

  • Deborah Smart, Grants Manager, SIB
  • Claire Purdie, Foundation Fundraising Executive, PwC
  • Frederick Mulder CBE, founder, The Funding Network and Chair, Frederick Mulder Foundation
  • Laura West, Investment Manager, Big Issue Invest

A panel of funders will provide insight into how your organisation can access funding from them.  We’ll look at the best way to make contact with the funder, how your organisation can stand out from the rest and how to maintain an ongoing relationship.

You will have the opportunity to question each of the funders and to find out more about how your organisation can engage with them.

Case study: Earning ‘traded income’ – Alastair Wilson, The School for Social Entrepreneurs
Case study: Crowdfunding – Teresa Burton, Buzzbnk

Action planning

We’ll discuss what you have learned during the day and how to ensure that you put it into action.

Who should attend

No previous experience is necessary to to attend this course; it is suitable for staff at all levels keen to explore new sources of income for their organisation. Participants have included:

  • Business Partnerships Manager, NCS Trust
  • Business Development Manager, Lifeline
  • Executive Director, OXPIP
  • External Funding Manager, Borough of Poole
  • Head of Development, Age UK
  • Social Economy Development Officer, Caerphilly Council
  • Business Development Manager, Mind
  • Community Organiser, Movement for Change
  • Governance Manager, London Borough of Islington
  • Managing Director, Schools of Tomorrow


If you aren’t sure that the course is right for you give us a call on 020 7089 9120 and we can discuss it with you in more detail.

Course dates

  • 17th January 2020 LAST PLACES AVAILABLE
  • 9th April 2020
  • 7th September 2020
  • 19th November 2020
  • 16th March 2021


The course takes place from 10:30am – 4:30pm at our offices in The Fire Station, 139 Tooley St, London Bridge:


For this one-day workshop, access to our speakers plus all course materials you pay:

Organisational turnover £1m + £149
Organisational turnover £500,000 – £1m £129
Organisation turnover £100,000 – £499,999 £109
Organisational turnover less than £100,000 £79

How to book your place

You can choose to pay by credit / debit card or you can request to pay by invoice. In both cases, you will be redirected to a booking form that we need you to complete.

If you have any questions about the course or the booking process please contact SSE’s Marketing and Engagement Officer, Charlie Wright on 020 7089 9120 or email

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