If I asked you, “What’s your plan for the next five years?”, how would that make you feel? Have you ever made a long-term plan? Have you envisioned where you want to be in the future?
It turns out that when you join the first ever stewardship course at the IoF, the room can get a little giddy. A trainer who is practically jumping up and down with excitement and 19 delegates who bring so much energy to the table its almost palpable.
In today’s communication fuelled world, most of us are happy to share our lives on social media. Even my 72-year-old father, new to the world of social media, happily posts photos of his latest golfing successes on Facebook. But are we using these platforms in the right way to develop and enhance our careers?
Undoubtedly, we have seen some amazing charity campaigns and appeals achieve epic results and exceed everyone’s expectations. We marvel over the results and, as fundraisers, we’re encouraged to attempt to unpick them. Inevitably we’re trying to learn from them to achieve fundraising success within our own charity.
Society lotteries have become a key part of fundraising, raising a record £255.56 million in 2016-17. But they are also the most regulated area of fundraising – with specific limits set on the amount of prizes that can be given and restrictions on annual sales.
Summer tends to be quieter than the rest of the year, but there were still some bits of news that caught our eye. So whether you’ve been on holiday, busy or asleep over summer, here’s a summary of what you might have missed.
Those of you who know me well will know that as well as being passionate about social causes, I’m also a bit of a Londonphile: having lived here for many years, worked in the City and for the Mayor, and having led two London-wide charities.
It’s been six months since the Institute of Fundraising launched the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel. In that time, our expert panel, has analysed the current state of affairs and drawn out the specific issues that we need to address in order to increase the diversity of the fundraising profession.
As community fundraisers we have a huge amount of methods and tools readily available that help us to find, build and grow successful fundraising relationships and the amazing news is, it’s free. Want to know the secret? It’s you.
I have been struck by charities who aren’t able to maximise their fundraising efforts because the public is unaware of their charitable status. At least two of the charities participating on our Fundraising Health Check project have begun to address this in their new fundraising strategies.