FC300 Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations

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This course will provide you with the basics of forming an NGO, establishing governance, developing strategy as well as on-going management of an NGO. Students will be taught theory yet will also be expected to put theory into practice by developing actual documentation for an NGO s/he is currently contemplating forming or a fictitious NGO. Students will have the opportunity to practice facilitating their strategy formation in the ‘safe’ environment of the classroom so that s/he will have learned from the typical mistakes before s/he needs to do it in the real world. 


​You will:


  • Understand principles of when and how to form an NGO.

  • Learn how to establish governance of an NGO including the fundamentals of board management.

  • Learn how to create and maintain the organisational culture which best suits your particular charitable organisation.

  • Understand the difference between governance and management including who is responsible for what and how to ensure people ‘stay in their respective lanes’, even for those people who serve in roles for both governance and management.

  • Discover how to create meeting agendas and facilitate meetings that get results.

  • Learn how to develop strategy—from Mission, Vision and Values to multi-year objectives to short-term operational plans.

  • Learn tactics of how to measure and monitor long-, medium-, and short-term strategy that focuses people’s efforts.

  • Understand the basics of developing role descriptions that aid in keeping people focused on what is important.


  1. Starting a Charitable Organisation

  2. Board Development

  3. Leadership and Capacity Part 1

  4. Leadership and Capacity Part 2

  5. Strategic Planning

  6. Evaluation

  7. Development and Fundraising Part 1

  8. Development and Fundraising Part 2

  9. Marketing

  10. Stakeholder Engagement

Course Description

Summer Session 2022

June 27th - July 15th

Lectures Mondays and Wednesdays 4-5pm


In-Person at St. James Research Centre (SJRC) in Falkirk, Scotland

Online Distance Learning


The deadline to apply for this course in Summer 2022 is May 27th, 2022.