Leading Major Donor Fundraising - A Masterclass with Kim van Niekerk (19 & 20-Jan-22)

Major DonorsLeadershipStrategySupporter Stewardship
19 - 20 January 2022
10:00AM to 04:30PM

Individual Prices

Package Type Available To Price
Individual Member Fee All Days Individual Member £375
Non-Individual Member Fee All Days Non Member £435

Specifically designed for individuals who are leading or want to prepare for leading a major donor team.

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This two day course is a journey through deep self-reflection on who you are as a leader and help you to identify the space you need to create for your team to enable them to become excellent major donor fundraisers. 

The goal is not to tell you what an effective leadership style is, rather we will look to strip back your own concept of leadership to a blank canvas and then work together carefully help you piece together your individual style of leadership. This process will ensure your leadership will become recognisably more authentic, ultimately enabling you to be a more effective and resilient leader. 

The course will help you to explore your strengths and vulnerabilities to know how they play out in your leadership style and the impact they have on the team you are working with. You will explore carefully selected leadership concepts from academics and practitioners alongside mindfulness exercises, practical action exercises beyond the walls of a classroom and reflective journalling. 

Far from a conventional course, this is one that prioritises self-discovery and the incredible power you can have as an authentic leader. It is unlikely to resemble regular training courses you have been on. The focus is on you, not a PowerPoint or handouts. Just intense reflection, personal development and connection with our amazing fundraising community. You will leave energised and inspired to create a major donor team that is deeply connected across the organisation and able to deliver great impact. 


The Chartered Institute of Fundraising's live virtual training is delivered by trainers who are leading experts in their chosen discipline. Each virtual course has been especially designed to deliver a rich virtual learning experience. Your course will feature:

  • Zoom platform learning environment
  • Interactive engagement with the trainer and peers
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Real-life case studies and examples
  • Ample Q&A opportunities throughout the sessions


The course is being delivered via the online platform zoom. To enable you to interact with your tutor and your class you will need to have access to a microphone (or access to a landline phone) and ideally have a working video link via a camera. To test compatibility with your system, you can join a test meeting via this link https://zoom.us/test

About your trainer

Kim van Niekerk: Recognised as a leading educator in creating communication and fundraising mindsets and a respected coach, trainer and speaker, Kim has spent 14 years working across the social enterprise, charity and corporate sectors. 

Kim is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and an Associate for Open Innovation experts, 100% Open and Faculty Member of the European Investment Bank, Social Innovation Tournament Bootcamp at Catolica University in Lisbon. She is also a lecturer with the Institute of Fundraising in the UK and founder of The Mindful Fundraiser, inspiring fundraisers to use mindfulness techniques. 

Kim has previously worked as a pitch coach on the UBS Future of Finance competition and the NESTA Innovation in Giving Fund and a funding coach for the UK Cabinet Office investment in Small Charities through the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. 

Before freelancing, Kim was a founding Director of the FSI, a Foundation building the capacity of small charities by delivering free expert fundraising and communications training. In its start up three years Kim worked with over 400 non profit organisations across the UK. 

Prior to The FSI, Kim was fundraising with the UK’s largest businesses, high net worth individuals and Foundations as a Campaign Manager for the NSPCC’s FULL STOP Campaign. In three years Kim was promoted twice to co-ordinate lead gifts and major events in the UK and Russia and raise over £16 million for the protection of children. 

Kim has trained, mentored and coached over 1000 individuals from every shape and size organisation in communication and relationship techniques. 

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