Alison is currently Project Coordinator for IoF Wales/Cymru and has worked and volunteered in and around the third sector for ten years; volunteering at Action for Children and as President of the RAG Society whist at Swansea University, through to holding various positions with Vision 21, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales and most recently as a Development Officer at Cardiff Third Sector Council. She is also a trustee of the Dusty Shed in Cardiff, part of the Men’s Shed movement and recently founding Director of the new, national Men’s Shed Cymru Association
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.
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).
Keep Wales Tidy have become the first charity to develop a new fundraising strategy as part of IoF Cymru's Fundraising Health Check and Executive Coaching project.
A fundraising strategy is one of several planning documents that can help an organisation to maximise their resources and achieve their charitable purposes.
Successful applications for two Welsh charities to strengthen their fundraising activities with Fundraising Health Checks and Executive Coaching.
Reflecting back on my journey into a career in the third sector, I realise how interesting a path I have taken. A path, which was not without frustrations, but one which brought me to where I am today, and more importantly, affirmed my belief in the sector, and my place in it.