Back in December 2010, FOCIR launched a series of training modules on different topics aimed at Catalan organisations operating on an international scale. The aim is to help contribute to improving skills and abilities of the people that work in these organisations or volunteer for them. We want to help them with their daily work and improve the quality of their projects. We’ve called the plan “Training with FOCIR”.
Course for raising private funds for non-profit organisations
Finding and getting sources of funding in order to develop projects (fund-raising) is currently one of the main difficulties organisations face. As many of them used to rely on public funding, against the backdrop of cuts in public funds and cutbacks in grants it has become necessary for them to undergo training to acquire new knowledge regarding how to raise funds from private sources.
As a result, FOCIR decided last summer to run a third edition of the training course, this time dedicated to finding sources and resources of private funding.
As part of this course, two professionals in the sector who are well versed in assessing social organisations in communications and raising funding helped those being trained to identify different sources and channels of private funding (companies and individuals) and to design strategies and actions that would support them with the help of technological resources.
Training sessions took place on the 25/27 June and 2/4 July at the headquarters of the Associació Catalana de la Premsa Comarcal in Barcelona.
Introductory course to digital marketing for non-profit organisations
The internet is a window to the world, a new tool which can help us transform from mere consumers to content producers. In times when resources are scarce, we need to make as much use as possible of the tools which the internet offers us to help raise awareness, increase fund-raising, find volunteers and broaden our network. Our internet presence will create an on-line reputation and will at the same time act as a tool to help with our internationalisation and to forge links with other people and organisations across the globe.
For this reason, FOCIR organised three training sessions on the main digital tools on 12, 13 and 19 September 2012. During the first and second training sessions, experts in digital marketing spoke to us about the main social networks and how we can best use them, positioning and marketing in search engines (SEO and SEM strategies), web analysis (Google Analytics), monitoring network presence and e-mail marketing. The third training session consisted of a debate with the journalist Vicent Partal, Director of Vilaweb, about the best way to deal with the media in the web 2.0 era.
The course, which was free for FOCIR member organisations, was developed at the Espai Vilaweb in Barcelona and was aimed at people wanting to find out more about these topics and who already had some basic knowledge of the digital environment.
Third sector economy: introductory course to accounting and sources of funding in Catalonia and Europe
This course was held on 1, 9 and 16 December 2010. The idea behind it was to the introduction to the characteristics, programming and recommendations for accounting in associations, as well as researching sources of funding in both Catalonia and Europe, the requirements a project must have in order to be eligible for European funding and the different phases of the project, etc.
The training sessions were organised by Ricard Garcia, Economic Advisor and Accountant at FOCIR, Gemma García Hernando, Awareness Manager at the Office of European Cooperation, International Relations Directorate at the Provincial Government of Barcelona and Gianni Orsini, International Relations Manager at the Fundació Desenvolupament Comunitari who explained three practical projects which had received European funding.
This activity, which was free for member organisations of the FOCIR, was held at the headquarters of the Associació Catalana de la Premsa Comarcal in Barcelona.