A fundraising health check might just be what the doctor ordered

Wales Cymru

Alison Pritchard | 18 September 2017

Successful applications for two Welsh charities to strengthen their fundraising activities with Fundraising Health Checks and Executive Coaching.

Last week saw an exciting landmark for the Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching project; our Panel approved the first two charities for coaching. Our successful applicants are Keep Wales Tidy and the Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales. In some ways, these organisations could not be more different.

Keep Wales Tidy has been an independent charity since 2005, with its original roots dating back to 1972. Their vision is for a beautiful Wales that is cared for and that can be enjoyed by everyone. They strive to achieve this through national projects such as Tidy Towns and Long Forest, the international programmes Eco-Schools, Green Flag for Parks, Blue Flag and Green Key, as well as policy work and community action. With over 50 members of staff and 10,000+ volunteers, they are one of the larger national charities in Wales. You can read more about Keep Wales Tidy and their work.

The Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales held its inaugural meeting of Family and Friends of Paul Popham on the 13th March 2013, 5 months after Paul Popham sadly lost his courageous battle with kidney cancer on the 21st October 2012, and having received two kidney transplants during the course of his life. The fund aims to ensure that they support all renal patients in Wales to receive a better quality of life, and is run by three dedicated staff members. They provide Support & Information Services, support Welfare and Wellbeing projects and fund facilities that improve the patients’ quality of life. Current activities include running the Paul Popham Fund Befriending Service, supporting children and youths to take part in an activity weekend to build confidence and self-esteem and sponsoring contestants to attend and complete in the World Transplant Games. You can read more about the Paul Popham Fund and their work.

As beneficiaries of the Fundraising Health Check Project, both of these organisations will now receive support from an expert coach to develop a new fundraising strategy that will help them achieve their charitable goals and ensure the sustainability of their organisations.

Whilst very different, these two organisations illustrate two common challenges facing charities across Wales. Keep Wales Tidy is currently reliant on grant making bodies to support its work and is seeking to strengthen its resilience by building a more diverse funding base. The Paul Popham Fund exists thanks to small number of dedicated individuals who are still learning the art of fundraising as they grow their organisation from scratch and seek to formalise their fundraising activity.

If either of those scenarios sound familiar to your organisation, or you have another fundraising need, contact Alison Pritchard for more information about the Fundraising Health Check. Applications are welcome from registered charities based or working in Wales, who have voluntary income of less than £50,000 and at least two members of staff. 

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