Building Financial Sustainability and Re-imagining Organisations

This essential programme empowers the charity leader to redefine their financial and business models to maximise impact.

COVID-19 response

All of our part-time charities master’s degreesprofessional development programmes and events are being delivered online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using different platforms and programme formats in order to ensure that all our programmes offer a high-quality, varied and engaging learning experience.

The latest information about City, University of London’s response to the pandemic can be found on the students and visitors page.

Our staff, consultants and faculty remain dedicated to supporting our clients during this challenging time; please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests to

Key information

Start date
13th November
4 half days across 4 weeks

Programme dates

The programme will consist of four half day online workshops on the following dates:

Friday 13th November 2020

Friday 20th November 2020

Friday 27th November 2020

Friday 4th December 2020

All workshops will begin at 9am and conclude by 1.15pm.

Prior to the start of the online workshops, participants will need to complete approximately five hours of preparation self-study, for which video materials will be provided.

Programme costs

Rate for nonprofit organisations:

We are offering the early-bird rate of £495pp for delegates from nonprofit organisations booking before the 30th October. After the 30th October, the full fee for this programme for delegates from nonprofit organisations will be £595pp.

Rate for for-profit organisations:

For those from a for-profit organisation wishing to attend, the fee is £995pp.

This programme fee covers the four virtual workshops, all self-study preparation videos and other course materials; and a 1:1 call with a programme leader.

Please read our cancellation policy.

Programme leaders

The programme will be led by programme leaders Mark Salway and Sarah Ramsey. You will also hear from external speakers from international NGOs, UK based organisations, social enterprises and charities, all chosen for their thought leadership in these areas.

Mark Salway

Mark is Managing Director at Moore Kingston Smith Fundraising and Management, and was previously Director of Sustainable Finance for CCE.  He is a Visiting Lecturer on our Charities Masters programme. Mark has extensive experience both as Finance Director at CARE International UK and Cats Protection. He has also twelve years of consulting experience at CCE, KPMG and Moore Kingston Smith. He has also run his own businesses.

Sarah Ramsey

Sarah is an experienced COO, Finance Director and Advisor. She enjoys working with CEOs and Entrepreneurs, facilitating them in transforming their visions and goals into reality. Sarah is Founder of the ForGood Network which helps organisations develop effective partnerships and maximise the impact on their networks.

Why choose our Building Financial Sustainability programme?

This programme is designed to help charity professionals and trustees to reflect on the changing operational and financial landscape and develop strategies to evolve or re-frame their organisations.  Building Financial Sustainability and Re-imagining Organisations (BFS&RO) will involve helping your organisation to adapt and evolve in the current Covid-19 landscape.

Delivered in Association with Moore Kingston Smith

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at CEOs, Finance Directors, Business Development Managers, other senior staff and Trustees of non-profit organisations.

If you are unsure whether you may be suitable for the course please contact us:

Building Financial Sustainability programme structure

The BFS&RO programme will be run over four half-day workshops and will also include a 30-minute individual call with an instructor, where you can talk about how to apply what you have learned from the programme to your particular situation.

The programme content will cover:

  • Setting strategic direction and linking your future financial and funding strategy to this;
  • Implementing thoughtful change, with a focus on impact and practical tools to ensure sustainability; and
  • How to implement change and make this last.

It will also enable you to network, share and learn from those with similar issues.

Each participant will leave the programme with a framework for creating change in their organisation, based on our CCE RISE Framework©.

How you and your organisation will benefit from the programme

Benefits to you

  • Develop your knowledge of cutting-edge tools and tactics
  • Create an opportunity for self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning

Benefits to your organisation

  • Drive organisational change by developing new knowledge and skills
  • Generate new thinking about strategy and financial sustainability based around your organisational impact
  • Develop a set of responses to ensure that your organisation can thrive in a tough operating environment (and in the context of Covid-19)