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Clann Credo announces free 'Learn, Inspire, Share' Workshops

Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Clann Credo - Community Loan Finance is working with hundreds of community leaders, like you: people who work hard to improve their communities for their families, neighbours and their wider community.

For 20 years, Clann Credo has been committed to a strong, vibrant community sector in Ireland. Your needs are unique and, as part of the Clann Credo Community, we want to help you and strengthen the work your organisation does. 

As one of the leaders of the 800 projects that received more than €82 million in Community Loan Finance, we would like to invite you to join fellow Clann Credo Project Leaders in a series of ‘Learn, Inspire, Share’ free workshops being rolled out over the coming months.

We have commissioned expert workshops from our training partners, the Carmichael Training Centre.

You are invited to join us at our first workshops. One will be held in Sligo and one in Dublin:


Workshop 1 ‘Sustainable Fundraising’

Thursday, 4th May 6-9pm

Sligo Park Hotel

‘Sustainable Fundraising’ will be facilitated by Caroline Egan, a fund-raising specialist and strategist in the Not-For-Profit sector. After her workshop, participants will be able to:

o Explain how to develop a Fundraising Plan

o List the information required to complete fundraising applications

o Understand the steps involved in building community fundraising support

o Understand Funding Strategy versus Fundraising Strategy

o Identify Elements of an effective Fundraising Plan

o Highlight fundraising objectives: profile raising, capital projects, operating revenue

o Identify fundraising applications - process and tips

o Understand stakeholder engagement: donors, funders, community, event participants

o Understand the role of communications in successful fundraising campaigns: Advertising, PR, Online, Social, Monitoring campaign results


Workshop 2 ‘Strategy and Business Planning’

Thursday, 11th May 6-9pm

Carmichael Training Centre, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin, D07 RHA8

‘Strategy and Business Planning’ will be facilitated by Andrea Shupinski, Accountant and Business Advisor, with experience in the Not-For-Profit Sector. After Andrea’s workshop, participants will understand:

o What business/strategic planning is

o Purpose of business/strategic planning

o Benefits of doing business/strategic planning

o Potential risks/downsides if you don’t

o Steps involved in the business/strategic planning process

o Vision, mission, values

o Who is involved

o Setting strategic goals and objectives

o Content of a business plan

o Measuring and monitoring “success” and outcomes


Two Free Places

As a member of the Clann Credo Community, your organisation is invited to nominate two people to attend the workshops. 

These workshops are exclusive to leaders of organisations that have borrowed from Clann Credo - Community Loan Finance. If you are a Clann Credo customer and have not received your invitation, please contact us at

You will have the opportunity to meet with other leaders and share experience with people like yourself, who borrowed from Clann Credo, to realise their Community Ambition.

Register for the free workshops by emailing Serena Teng, Carmichael Training and Consultancy Administrator, at

Book today as places are limited. Deadline for booking is Friday 28th April (Sligo) and Friday 5th May (Dublin). 


2 Minute Survey

The Learn, Inspire, Share series will continue in the Autumn. Even if you can’t make one of these workshops, please help us make the content relevant to your needs by completing this short, two minute survey Click here


The Carmichael Training Centre

Carmichael Centre supports charities, community groups and social enterprises nationwide by providing the shared services, targeted training, good practice, and governance support they need to build effective and sustainable organisations.

The Centre is home to 47 social organisations and provides supports to over 30,000 people from all over Ireland every year. Its training is delivered on behalf of individual organisations and networks as well as Pobal, Partnership companies, Leader programmes, Sport Ireland and County Councils. It also actively supports compliance with the Governance Code for Community & Voluntary Groups and recently initiated the Good Governance Awards, an initiative that recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice.


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