Charity Fast-Track: Foundation

Training, Fundraising

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Fast-Track your career with a comprehensive grounding in the profession of charity work. Curated by experts from across the sector, you’ll join a network of talented professionals who are committed to building a progressive sector. Together you’ll study the key principles of creating social impact and gain practical experience to get into the charity sector, or kick your career on to the next level. Sponsored by

Mobile-friendly, work anywhere, at your pace and unlock content as you go: 1 Induction module, 1 Bootcamp, 5 Core modules and a team fundraising challenge. Plus expert careers guidance delivered by people working in the sector.

“I just wanted to say thank you so so much for all your endless support and patience. I cannot express how much you and CFT as a whole has helped to get me here. I owe you and everyone a huge debt of gratitude for everything.

Nicky Djokaran, Partnerships Manager, NSPCC

What you will learn

Logging into our award-winning Canvas LMS learning platform, you’ll access 5 theory modules and one practical challenge; these make up the course you’ll be assessed on:

  • How Charities Operate
  • How Charities Make Money
  • How Charities Communicate
  • How Charities Drive Change
  • How Charities Deliver Impact

At the heart of this learning is a practical fundraising challenge. Our partners at international development charity subsidise your learning experience. In return, you’ll lead a team of volunteers to raise vital funds so that they can continue to change and save the lives of children in Kenya and Sierra Leone. 

Through this you’ll showcase practical skills in volunteer management, charity communication and project design. You’ll have a record of creating social impact on your CV, and you’ll have a great time doing it.  Since 2015 Charity Fast-Trackers have raised over £300,000 between them; we’re excited for you to join us.

“I don’t think that I would have considered going for this role had I not done the course and gained so much experience, so it’s really been life-changing for me."

Laura Candy, Fundraising Analyst, Parkinson' s UK

The course kicks off with a Careers Bootcamp where we invite you to join your fellow learners and hear inspiring talks from a range of sector experts. We’ll also catch up with previous Charity Fast-Trackers who’ll be on hand to share their journeys and welcome you to our network. This event is free thanks for our sponsorship through, and takes place on November 16th in London.

What you require

We’ve designed Charity Fast-Track: Foundation to fit in around life’s other challenges. Our course content is available wherever you are through the Canvas Student mobile app, so you can plan your career in social change whenever suits you best. We’ve labelled all of our content with average reading times, so you can balance your study. 

So long as you have an internet connection, and a few hours per week spare to study, and a reading level of around GCSE standard or better, you're good to go.