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UK study tour applications open for Aussie fundraisers

Include a Charity will send successful applicants to the United Kingdom to work with international peers and strengthen fundraising tactics

Include a Charity has launched applications for not-for-profit fundraisers to be part of a study tour to the United Kingdom to create “career defining moments.”

The study tour, which will take place in October, will expose fundraisers to the best practices and trends in the gifts in Wills arena. This will grant successful applicants the opportunity to learn and share with international peers.

Include a Charity Campaign Director, Helen Merrick, said fundraisers would be given the latest knowledge, adding: “A study tour gives fundraising the opportunity to learn from some of the best overseas and also share their knowledge and strategies.”

The tour is open to any fundraisers who has an interest in gifts in Wills. The successful organisation will also be an Include a Charity supporter.

The study tour was made possible through a $50,000 funding from Australian Executor Trustees (AET) discretionary grants strategic funding program, ‘Learning for Impact.’

“We are grateful to Australian Executor Trustees who have generously agreed to support this initiative and to UK fundraising leaders who will generously give their time to share their insights with our scholarship recipients,” Merrick said.

Recipients of the tour will meet with representatives from UK charities over five days to learn about working with governments and regulators, liaising with advisors and solicitors and sharing gifts in Wills fundraising strategies and tactics.

AET Head of Philanthropy and Social Impact, Ben Clark, said: “We are excited to support Australian fundraisers with this study tour.

“We know that many not-for-profits do not have the resources for staff development. AET are deeply committed to growing philanthropic practices and recognise the role that fundraisers play in this area. By supporting this tour, we will help them to develop their skills and experience.”

Six scholarships are available and the recipient will be chosen by a judging panel of sector experts. The scholarships will cover all in-country expenses including attendance fees to the UK’s Institute of Fundraising Legacy Fundraising Conference.

One successful applicant will also be awarded an Include a Charity scholarship to cover international flights. Applications are open until Wednesday 4 July.

“On their return, the fundraisers will be expected to share their learnings with the broader fundraising community through a variety of different avenues,” Merrick said. “We look forward to their findings.”

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