Coaching Covid Response Programme

Do you have a fundraising issue? Do you need some support with putting your fundraising plan into action?  

We have some FREE help available…

During April 2020, Wales was in lockdown as the pandemic took hold. At the same time, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cymru undertook a survey of fundraisers to assess the impact of the crisis on fundraising activity in Welsh charities. The results were overwhelming: 

  • 70% of respondents said that they expected their charity would have to make cuts to the services they deliver.
  • 86% of respondents either had low confidence or no confidence at all that they would be able to achieve their individual financial targets during this financial year.

Peter Lewis, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, stated:

‘Fundraisers across Wales are facing an incredibly challenging time to keep their organisations running, managing the increased demand in services, and raising the funds desperately needed to make it possible.’

As a direct response to this ongoing situation the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cymru, is offering a free, responsive, issue-based coaching scheme to help Wales-based charities, CICs, CIOs and smaller constituted organisations tackle a particular issue that they lack professional fundraising capacity or skill to address.

All organisations, once approved, are carefully matched with a professional fundraiser who is an expert in tackling issues relevant to those experienced by your organisation. This could be a trust application, campaign messaging for an appeal, dealing with communications with an existing donor or launching an online appeal. Your coach will offer up to five hours of free support.

Some feedback from recent participants in the coaching programme:

We are thrilled to be taking part in the Covid Coaching programme through the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and after just a couple of sessions with our friendly mentor, we feel more confident to develop new streams of income and have started work on a new funding strategy for our social enterprise. It has been great working with someone who has really taken the time to understand how our organisation works and make realistic recommendations based on this knowledge. We would highly recommend any small organisation to apply for this scheme and receive this excellent support.

Rebecca Clark – Green Squirrel

Can I say a big thank you to our coach for her time and effort in supporting our cause?

We have incorporated her ideas into both our Sponsorship and Benefactor Proposals.

Secondly, her support in preparing our application for funding to the Arts Council of England was invaluable and hopefully aimed us in the direction of securing funds.

Paul Robinson – Glyndwr Ensemble

All support is conducted remotely in accordance with social distancing protocol via phone, email and digital conferencing.

If you feel your organisation fits these criteria please complete the application form on or contact Elliot [email protected]

029 2039 7341

This project has received financial support from The Moondance Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, National Lottery Community Fund and the Community Foundation Wales.