FC100 Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations



This is an online course facilitated through Canvas. You will be provided with access details to the course portal, which includes lecture slides, readings, videos, and exercises to work through. Once completed, you will receive a certificate from St. James Research Centre.




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.

FC100 Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations