Fundraiser Apprenticeship Standard 




13-16 months 
Fundraising apprentice


Role Profile 

The Fundraiser qualification is suitable for those in junior fundraising positions within charitable or not-for-profit organisations looking to progress their career in fundraising. Fundraising comprises a broad range of roles, including philanthropy and major gifts, corporate partnerships, direct marketing, individual giving, fundraising events, community fundraising and legacies. The ideal candidate is responsible for delivering day-to-day fundraising activities that provide essential income, and engagement with supporters in support of the fundraising strategy and projects. They will carry out research for opportunities and analyse data to support proposals for developing fundraising activities. 
What you will learn: 
Commercial understanding of the third sector and fundraising environment 
Fundraising methods and how they are used 
Regulation, legislation and codes of practice 
Methodologies to undertake internal and external analysis and evaluation of fundraising products and services 
Elementary financial principles 
Key components of a 'Case for Support’ 
Key components of a supporter journey 
Key components of a Fundraising Plan 
Different methods of communication to internal and external stakeholders 
How to approach and engage new and existing supporters 
Internal and external dependencies that influence the success of fundraising 
Organisational understanding 
Accurate data management 
Donor motivations 
Effective decision making 
Time management 

Typical Fundraising job titles include: 

Corporate partnerships fundraiser, Events/community fundraiser, Fundraising/development/income generation executive, Fundraising/development/income generation officer, Individual giving fundraiser, Legacy fundraiser, Major donor/major gift/philanthropy fundraiser, Charity Relationship manager. 
The qualification can be used to upskill current staff or recruit new apprentices to increase your fundraising capacity. 

Employers involved in creating this apprenticeship standard: 

Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer Research UK, Teenage Cancer Trust, Marie Curie, Children Society, WWF, Mencap, BHF, Action for Children, NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Shelter 

End-point assessment – What is this? 

End-point assessment is a new way of assuring quality in the apprenticeship system. It replaces the existing model of continuous assessment resulting in qualifications. 
Once an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, they will be ‘signed off’ by their employer/ provider as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. In most cases, the assessment will be graded and must show the apprentice is fully competent and productive in the occupation. 
End Point Assessment consists of: 
Portfolio of evidence 
Case for support pitch presentation with questions and answers 
Professional discussion 

What our learners and employers say about us 

Sam - Bale's Buddies 

Sam (Learner): "I have really enjoyed the Fundraising programme so far, it has made a huge difference to my work and helped with lots of successful funding outcomes! I have been able to relate all my assignments and lessons to my current work, applying my new knowledge to enhance my fundraising capabilities. I have learnt new avenues for fundraising I wasn't aware of before and when/how to use them. The tutors are always there for help when you need it and making the most of the additional group sessions is well worth it to brain storm ideas. I definitely recommend this programme!" 
Alison Boswell (Owner): "The course has allowed us to explore an area we needed up-skilling in and provided our employee with a sound knowledge base they can use within their role to enhance our organisation." 

Olivia - Development and Alumni Apprentice - City of London School 

"I have found the fundraising course thoroughly enjoyable and educating so far, there are a wide range of tasks that are very well structured which helps me maintain interest and Penny always ensures that I can apply the theory and what I am learning to the workplace. The style of teaching being 1-1 is definitely most beneficial for me as it has allowed me to build a strong relationship with Penny and ensure the sessions are personalised to focus on my needs. Penny is a fantastic tutor, she is very understanding and knowledgeable!" 

Anna De Rosa - Development and Alumni Apprentice - Leicester Hospitals Charity 

"I started my Fundraiser Level 3 Apprenticeship a few months after I first started my role within the Charity. Having come from university and not worked in the Charity sector prior, this apprenticeship has enabled me to understand, in depth, the third sector, and has facilitated my day-to-day work. 
I have enjoyed every aspect of the course, especially modules where I learned about the differences between the private, public and third sector and how self-awareness and emotional intelligence impacts my work. Both the course and the trainer have been flexible and very understanding, while I work alongside the apprenticeship and adapting to a busy schedule. 
It has been a great opportunity to gain another qualification and continue to learn something new and the trainers are so helpful and welcoming!" 


If you pay the apprenticeship levy this course will be fully funded. If you are an SME the cost is £400 per learner. However, if this cost is prohibiitive we can support you to apply for levy transfer from a large employer. 

Next Steps 

For more information on Apprenticeships or to apply for an apprenticeship, please contact the Business Development Team on; 
01329 825805 
Westfield House 
PO16 0DH 
01329 825805 
For Learners / Apprentices - info@fareport.co.uk 
Opening hours 
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm 


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