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Community Fundraising

Community fundraising
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00
CO3 Offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)

Are you fully utilising your community network to maximize your community fundraising?  If the answer is no or not sure, this one day programme will provide you with a knowledge base and confidence to develop a community fundraising plan. 

At the end of this programme, you will have greater confidence and understanding in:

  • Developing a local community approach to fundraising.
  • Understanding how to build relationships between your organisation and the people who give money.
  • Choosing activities that best fit with your mission
  • Ultisiing volunteers to maximize community fundraising.
  • Telling your story to connect with a wider donor base.
  • Understanding your community network.

    Watch our video below with Iris Pendergast on why you should attend the training:

Iris Pendergast on Community Fundraising from Sarah Boyd on Vimeo.

This session will be led by Iris Pendergast and Julie Brickner

Iris Pendergast

Iris Pendergast has an established reputation as a builder of volunteer movements for pre-eminent nonprofit organizations across the globe.  Regardless of an organization’s size, resources, or culture she has succeeded in helping them put the systems in place to identify, recruit, and retain passionate advocates for their respective causes.

“I am committed to the belief that cures can be found, hunger can be erased and that the planet can flourish - it just takes a movement of passionate, educated and inspired staff and volunteers.”

She began her nonprofit career focusing on community mobilization at the local level in both Ireland and in the United States.  Most recently she was the Managing Director of the American Cancer Society’s Global Relay For Life and established successful Relay For Life programs in twenty-four countries.

Iris’s background includes building sustainable nonprofits through “real, workable” strategic planning, developing leadership volunteers, and in implementing best practices for fundraising and special event growth.

She is known as a motivator and thought leader on both sides of the Atlantic.  She calls both sides home since she currently lives in her beloved Ireland, but is also a citizen of the United States and frequently visits her new granddaughter in California.



Julie Brickner

Julie Brickner has worked in the non-profit sector for over 23 years.  She started out as a community fundraiser, worked in human resources, is an often requested facilitator and trainer, a dedicated strategic planner and, currently, manages a nationwide fundraising program that raises over $200 million USD annually.

When asked what her key to success is, she immediately responds: “Relationships.  I can’t be successful without the help of others”.  Julie goes on to say, “So many times, we try to fit people and relationships into processes we already have in place.  We need to react to people’s needs, and allow the people to drive process.”

Julie has certifications in interpersonal communication, conflict management, strategic planning, facilitation, active listening and managing without authority.  She utilizes those skills everyday when working with volunteers and staff.

Julie believes that community based fundraising and volunteer engagement/empowerment go hand in hand.  Volunteers need to understand how an organization can help them, along with the volunteers helping an organization.


Date:  7 December 2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: CO3 offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB)
Cost: £130 (or £995 for all nine sessions - see list of sessions below)

To register please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

A CO3 suite of one-day fundraising courses

CO3, in partnership with Roger Courtney and Karen Gallagher, have developed a suite of training programmes focused on building the income generation capacity of leaders within the Third Sector. The training is relevant to those who have responsibility for generating income within their organisation.

Participants can register for all nine modules at a cost of £995 or register for individual modules at a cost of  £130. Each module is a full day of training and will take place at CO3's offices (34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB - map).

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 per course.

To register please email sarah@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

Course Modules

1.      Planning a Fundraising Strategy - 17 November 2017

2.      Community fundraising - 7 December 2017

3.      Generating income from statutory sources - 14 December 2017

4.      Corporate Fundraising - 11 January 2018

5.      Raising income through social enterprise development - 18 January 2018

6.      Fundraising from Trusts and foundations - 8 February 2018

7.      Individual giving – 22 February 2018

8.      Legacies (Will to Give) - 7 March 2018

9.      Big Gift Campaigns - 21 March 2018