Next month, I’m speaking on a panel at the annual smorgasbord that is Fundraising Convention, about the Future of Corporate Partnerships. It’s worth noting that the last time I spoke at an IoF Conference on this topic, it featured robots, drones and pictures of my baby daughter – yes, you are reading that right – it’s amazing what sleep deprivation will do to you.
We're serious about challenging, empowering and inspiring your fundraising – and sometimes that means coupling amusing themes with insightful content. Take a look at the quirkiest titles in the Fundraising Convention 2018 line up, and don't miss your chance to see these and over 120 sessions in Europe's biggest fundraising event – bookings close at 2pm on 29 June!
Small Charity week is about celebrating the work of small charities, and at the IoF we’re proud of our small charity members and the excellent fundraising they do. Just take a look at the IoF Awards nominees for great examples of small charity fundraising.
There are networking opportunities aplenty at Fundraising Convention, as fundraisers from far and wide come together and share ideas and learn from one another. But do you dread walking into a room full of strangers tasked with networking? Why should you bother? Where do you start? What can you do to get the most out of it? Here are my top tips for making the most of networking at Convention.
Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture and heritage fundraisers continue to demonstrate a great capacity for resilience. Arts focussed organisations offer great examples of how creativity, flexibility and strong belief in the cause are vital to help ensure success in tough times, but we need to work more closely together.
Andy Heald, Director of Marketing and Fundraising Services at Yeomans, found the online Certificate in Fundraising so valuable that he later took on the online Diploma in Fundraising. Here, he shares what the experience was like and importantly, how his new expertise helped him deliver fundraising projects with excellent outcomes.
In the summer of 2017, the 40-odd volunteers who operate the Pitlochry Station Bookshop were thrilled to learn that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) – one of the six charities we support – had nominated us as Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year in the Scottish Fundraising Awards. Imagine our excitement when we subsequently learned that we were on a short list of three to win the award.
We all know the phrase ‘the best things come in small packages’ – well, being 5ft10 I’m not so sure that applies to me. But it’s true that the charity sector is full of fantastic small organisations delivering a big impact for those they serve. For Small Charity Week I wanted to reflect on the great work being done in Scotland and how small charities in Scotland can stand out.
In 2017, I moved from Stirling University to work for Home-Start Glasgow South, a small local charity. I knew attending Scottish Fundraising Conference would be really valuable, particularly as I settled into the new job. Money was tight, so knowing volunteers could attend for free, I threw my hat in the ring.
Online fundraising platforms have made an enormous difference to charity fundraising and give the public an easy and accessible way of supporting the causes they care about – particularly as an immediate response to an emergency situation.