Isobel Michael, Director of NFP Philanthropy, wanted to be a voice for small and regional charities, so she applied to be an IoF trustee. Read her words on how she made her mark and why she'd encourage others to be trustees.
A few years ago, my eldest son asked “Daddy, why is your skin and grandma’s skin and Jajja’s – the traditional word for grandparent in Uganda – skin brown, mommy’s skin is pink and mine and my sister’s skin is different?” He had realised, despite the love of our big connected family and our efforts to celebrate our children’s dual heritage and cultural background - Irish and British via Ugandan roots – that we were different.
Felicity summarises the latest goings on in the charity fundraising sector, looking at the latest on giving and public trust, Government’s review on 1p and 2p coins, and a charity focus on BBC Radio 4. It’s been a busy month for the sector, here’s what you might have missed:
Fundraiser 1: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, the guidance is almost here.”
Fundraiser 2: “Don’t get excited. I’ve been here before, you’ll wish you were back in the tunnel.”
Well, we are out of the tunnel and the Legitimate Interests guidance from the ICO has now arrived.
For me, the topic of diversity and the broad range of under-represented groups in fundraising really strikes a chord. I’m proud to work for Scope, a charity that works incredibly hard to get disabled people into, and staying in, employment. I'm also proud to be on the board of the IoF Fundraising Convention where there will be a focus on how we can all make the sector more diverse.
It’s said that everyone has one book in them.
Since Autistica won two IoF National Fundraising Awards last year, there has been a palpable sense among the team that we can achieve things that appear impossible for a charity our size – we have the proof that we can do it!
We felt honoured at Crisis to win the IoF National Fundraising Awards 2017, Fundraising Charity of the Year and Best Individual Giving Campaign. Externally, it was a stamp of quality that built trust and confidence among our supporters. Internally, we saw the award as validation of some of our core organisational values.
One of the aims of IoF Cymru’s Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching Project is to help charities reduce their reliance on grant funding. To be eligible to participate in the Fundraising Health Check aspect of the project, charities need to have less than £50,000 in voluntary income (excluding grants).
Creativity is an often discussed but rarely understood capability within any charity. We are always being asked to come up with more innovative and interesting fundraising, but how often do we really invest in the underlying ability to do new things? Here’s how you and your team can use the IoF Fundraising Convention to do just that.