EFA recognises that there is an element of difficulty for many associations applying for the EFA Certification in relation to the structure when it comes to certification of educational providers.

 

EFA therefore wants to help new applicants in their endeavour to build a structure that enables them to certify different educational providers. In order to do that, we have provided an overview of all the different structures used that can serve as a source of inspiration and prevent applications being unapproved. Below you can read the individual casestudies from the countries that have been certified and approved.

 

 

EFA recognises that there is an element of difficulty for many associations applying for the EFA Certification in relation to the structure when it comes to certification of educational providers.

 

EFA therefore wants to help new applicants in their endeavour to build a structure that enables them to certify different educational providers. In order to do that, we have provided an overview of all the different structures used that can serve as a source of inspiration and prevent applications being unapproved. Below you can read the individual casestudies from the countries that have been certified and approved.

 

Austria

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in Austria

 

In order to obtain the professionalism that the EFA certification provided, Fundraising VerbandAustriaimplemented the following structural organisation which can be transferred onto other educational providers

 

Development of the fundraising scheme

 

The framework of the Fundraising course was developed by Fundraising VerbandAustria.  FVA have appointed a leader who has authority over the course curriculum and selecting lecturers and speakers.  Each year two new speakers are invited to teach, as this provides diversity and updated industry knowledge. The leader of the course is a significant person in the fundraising industry and has vocational insight, as well as knowledge of the current trends within the industry. 

 

Aligning the Fundraising Training programme with higher education institution.

 

FVA works together with one of the biggest education suppliers inAustria, coming from the Chamber of Commerce. With the fundraising course framework designed, they collaborated with the educational institution in order to develop a “FundraisingCollege”.  The course is carried out through a series of evening classes, and built up through 2 modules.  The first module is an introductory course to fundraising and is not certified by EFA.  However it is at this point necessary to complete the first module before going on to the second module, that is the EFA certified fundraising training scheme.  (At this moment in time, it is up for discussion as to whether or not the first module must be compulsory, taken into account that a person with a long history of fundraising employment may not find it relevant to take an introductory to fundraising.)

 

The educational institution’s role is to organise and facilitate the fundraising programme.  Through their expertise they can collect fees, set up the physical framework and pay lecturer fees and expenses, as well as and determining the structure of the course and promotion of the course.  FVA are in return hired by the institution as external consultants that have the main role of supplying industry related curriculum and speakers. They also promote the course.

 

Ensuring quality and excellence

 

The role of ensuring the high standards within the course lies with FVA, since the education institution is not a university and does not have the same demands. FVA requires that the qualifications of the lectures and speakers must be documented and in tact.

 

Current Issues

 

Although FVA has been running the course for nearly 10 years (with the EFA certification for 1 year) it is difficult to get fundraisers interested in the course. The EFA certification, resembling an international credit, is not something that is perceived for fundraisers to be of added value.

 

FVA have tried to encourage other educational providers inAustriato do the course, but there has at this time not been any interest in that. 

 

At the moment FVA are looking to change how the course is organised, in order to meet the demands for applying for EU funds.  This could involve going from holding two classes a week, to three classes a week, but over a shorter period of time.

 

Available as a mentor?: Yes

 

Denmark

Structuring of the EFA Certified training course in Denmark


In order to obtain the professionalism that the EFA certification provided, ISOBRO implemented the following structure which can be implemented if ISOBRO engage other educational providers.


Aligning the Fundraising course with an already existing diploma certificate


The fundraising course was organised within the general framework of the Danish educational system, and adjusted to meet the standard of an already existing diploma course. ISOBRO is currently working with an institution that provides a diploma in Leadership, and the fundraising course uses this as a base when building up curriculum, and educational modules.


Students consequently earn ECTS-points for their participation in the fundraising programme. The programme consists of three terms valued at ten ECTS-points each, 30 ECTS-points in total.


Administration of the fundraising training programme


ISOBRO has established a Study Programme Committee, chaired by ISOBRO and consisting of two representatives from ISOBRO and the educational provider, respectively. This committee serves to implement the practical construction of the fundraising course. Hereunder how the course will need to comply with the standards of the EFA certification, as well as the Danish educational system and requirements needed for obtaining a diploma. They are also responsible for all matters relating to the practical coordination and administration of the Fundraising Programme.


A Study Programme Committee will be established with every additional educational provider.


Visitation committee


In addition to this a Visitation Committee has been established, which is assigned the responsibility of the enrolment procedure, including the enforcement of certain academic and experiential requirements among the applicants.


Establishment of an Advisory Board


The Advisory Board is constructed with five professional external experts in the fundraising field who are in charge of all matters pertaining to the course content and the continued development of the course curriculum.


Visitation committee and Advisory Board


The Visitation committee and the Advisory Board will be responsible for overseeing enrolment procedures and development of the course curriculum, respectively for the EFA certified fundraising course as a whole.

 

Available as a mentor?: Yes 

 

 

France

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in France

 

In order to obtain the professionalism that the EFA certification provided, Association Française des Fundraisers has implemented the following structural organisation which can be transferred onto other educational providers

 

Development of the fundraising scheme

 

AFF was involved in the EFA certification test pilot group, therefore in developing the fundraising training scheme, the guidelines that were drawn up in the EFA certification handbook served as the overlaying framework.

 

Establishment of an advisory board

 

AFF has established a committee of professionals who is in charge of all matters pertaining to the course content and the continued development of the course curriculum. The committee consists of the director of the association, two AFF board members and two development directors (Involved AFFmembers). 

 

 

Academic partner

 

While selecting its academic partner, AFF approached a highly respected and recognised French business school.  : ESSEC. This program targeting professionals more than students is now part of the continuing education program of ESSEC.

 

AFF worked closely with the school in order to design and build up the course

Together with the recommendations of the advisory board and in accordance with the EFA Certification guidelines, an examination system has been established.

This examination system consists of a 3 hour examination as well as an oral presentation of a personal work.

 

A mentorship program has been developped in addition to the program to provide a support to the student in their personal project work.

 

Current Issues

 

The course is always evolving in order to meet the trends and issues that arise. At the beginning there were 10 days and we reached 12 days now.

 When the course first started, the students were working on a personal project and.  AFF saw that this kept the students more drawn to their already existing operational solutions, instead of being opento a strategic approach.  As a result, the students are now encouraged to work in groups and the individual project is now a group project.

 

Another adjustment has come by as a direct result of feedback from the previous students.  They found the course to be lacking in information about internet and the possibilities that are available within this medium.  There has therefore now been added another module into the training scheme that fits this need, despite the fact that it is not a requirement for the EFA certification.

 

 

 Available as a mentor?: Yes

Norway

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in Norway

 

In order to obtain the professionalism that the EFA certification provided, Norges Indsamlingsråd/ Norwegian Fundraising Association  implemented the following structural organisation which can be transferred onto other educational providers

 

Main strategy

 

It was Norges Indsamlingsråd’s goal to form fundraising training at bachelor level in order to professionalise the fundraising industry.

 

Norges Indsamlingsråd had a positive experience with arranging one-day seminars in CRM, social media,  training within the framework of Norwegian legislation in regards to fundraising, marketing and data law. And we are going to do this also in the future.  But in order to  professionalise the fundraising industry Norges Indsamlingsråd decided to make a  bachelor level training programme.

 

 

Aligning the Fundraising Training programme with higher education institution.

 

Norges Indsamlingsråd have collaborated withOsloBusinessManagementSchool. This way the fundraising training programme becomes a bachelor level education which can be transferred to other educational programmes. As well as that, the fundraising subjects can be incorporated with other business lines such as management and leadership.

 

TheBusinessSchoolhad that advantage that they already had their own standards that were met by the international academic system, and when the fundraising course was integrated in their system, it was also raised to that same level of excellence.

The application for the EFA certification was made by theBusinessSchooland Norwegian Fundraising Association together.

 

In order to obtain a relevant curriculum, a committee consisting of significant people from fundraising organisations was established already in 2008.  Their duty was to highlight the needs of the training environment in regards to their own needs for training and what they saw that the fundraisers in their organisations were lacking.  Professor in fundraising from BI was also apart of this committee and served as a mentor in the establishment process.

 

Current Issues

 

Bachelor of  Management in Fundraising was set to one year, but at the moment the price of the course has been too high in order for the organisations to see the return on investment of sending their employers to the school.

 

An alternative solution is to reduce the time of the training course to half a year and thus reducing the expenses of running it.  The hope is that after half a year of studying, the organisations will see the benefit of the training and send their employers on to further their education in the field.  The new half year course is estimated to begin the 1st of January, 2012.

 

Available as a mentor?: Yes 

Ukraine

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in Ukraine

 

In order to obtain the professionalism that the EFA certification provided, theInstituteofProfessional Fundraising,Ukraineimplemented the following structural organisation which can be transferred onto other educational providers

 

Fundraising – a new industry in Ukraine

 

IPF have experienced that fundraising is a new field in Ukraine and therefore do not have the existing expertise and qualified professionals as there may be in other countries that have a long tradition of fundraising experience.

 

IPF took the curriculum EFA Certification Handbook and applied to theUkrainelanguage.  As it was not possible to find already experienced professionals in the field, IPF chose to train the lectures so that they were prepared for the task.  As well as that, IPF invites international guest lectures with prominent background in fundraising to come and teach.

 

Facilitating the course

 

As there are no educational facilities for NGOs inUkraine, it was necessary for IPF to go other ways.  The course has therefore been placed at a training NGO that trains provides training for the NGO field. This NGO implements the course as instructed by IPF.

 

In the educational environment for fundraising it is recommended that a trainer and/or committee member have passed the training course themselves.  This gives a broader understanding and value of the scheme and also knowledge of what is lacking in the scheme. 

 

Certification committee

 

To ensure the excellence and high standard of the fundraising training course, a committee existing of 2 doctors of Philosophy, 2 board members and the development director of the Ukrainian university was established.  Their role is to ensure that the course is being implemented in the best possible way, with a curriculum that meets the standards of EFA’s certification.

The policies for the certification committee has been approved by IPF, and reflects EFA’s policies.

 

Practical information

 

The course is designed to give the student 80 – 100 hours of class work, and the rest of the work is fieldwork.  In order to pass the course, the students must pass tests and provide practical work after each session.

 

Available as a mentor?: Yes

United Kingdom

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in UK

 

When the Institute of Fundraising designed its new qualifications framework, the professionalism inspired by EFA Certification was a vital consideration, alongside our desire to design the most appropriate and up to date qualifications for UK fundraising professionals.

 

The framework was designed to meet the needs of fundraising professionals throughout their career, and is divided into four levels: Introductory Certificate, Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. The first three levels are now available in the UK. The levels appropriate for EFA Certification are the Certificate and Diploma in Fundraising.

 

Certificate in Fundraising and Diploma in Fundraising

 

Candidates for the Certificate complete 4 written assignments and candidates for the Diploma complete 3 written assignments and a final 3-hour exam.

 

There are a number of different routes by which students a can complete the qualifications.

 

  1. The Institute of Fundraising provides a range of shorter intensive programmes, both residential 4/5 day programmes and non-residential programmes that are spread out over a period of four weeks.  It is also possible to achieve the qualifications by attending evening courses – 12 weeks for the Certificate and 15 weeks for the Diploma.
  2. The Institute of Fundraising has granted Accreditation of Prior Learning status to five universities to offer the Certificate and/ or Diploma in Fundraising.  Students must complete and pass the course at their respective university, and then must register with the Institute of Fundraising, complete the 3 hour Diploma examination, and they will then be awarded with the Diploma. The examination is marked by Institute of Fundraising examiners to ensure standards.
  3. The Open University offers distance based tuition towards the Diploma. All assessment is carried out by the OU faculty with the Institute’s External Examiner overseeing the process.
  4. The Institute currently accredits the prior learning of students for the Certificate at one university in England.  Students must complete and pass the course, and then must register with the Institute and then complete  the assignment for Unit 2 (Understanding donor behaviour)

 

Ensuring quality and excellence

 

The qualifications are managed by the Director of Learning at theInstituteofFundraising.  Prof. Adrian Sargeant acts as an internal chief examiner and is responsible for the quality of the assessment carried out by the Institutes internal examiners. Dr Jane Hudson is the external examiner appointed to help maintain the academic standards and deals with grading issues that cannot be resolved internally.

 

A steering group has been established in order to ensure that the curriculum complies with the EFA framework and to review the content on an annual basis.

 

Evaluation

The training delivery is monitored and evaluated by the Institute’s Head of Learning Development and by independent observers. Participants of the course must complete a post-course evaluation form, and there are also selected interviews with students 6 and 12 months after completion of the course.

 

Available as a mentor?: Yes

Sweden

Structuring of the EFA Certified Course in Sweden

 

The Swedish structuring of the EFA Certified training course was achieved by doing the following:

 

-       In introducing and implementing the new education in Sweden Swedish Fundraising Council (FRII) has had several meetings with our colleagues inUKandGermanyduring 2005, choosing the best and most relevant from their education, in leadership of Jonathan Duschinsky.

 

-       As an education partner FRII has chosen Berghs School of Communication why the school has an exceptional reputation with leaders from both the academic world and from the reality. Other potential partners wereStockholmUniversityandIHMBusinessSchool. As the students have already a high level from university the need of reality connection is strong.

 

In order to obtain the level, structure and quality FRII and Berghs School of Communication have a Study Programme Committee with one representative from FRII, one representative from Berghs School of Communication and the two head-teachers. The teachers are well-introduced in the EFAs framework and guidelines.

 

To maintain the professionalism FRII and Berghs School of Communication have continuous evaluations about the structure, the content, the volume and the teachers level. FRII takes the responsibility for overseeing the enrolement procedures and development of the course curriculum, respectively for the EFA certified fundraising course as a whole.

 

In addition Berghs School of Communication has a development board which evaluate the course every year.

 

 Available as a mentor?: Yes