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Richard Sved has been a mentor in various guises for almost a decade now, and trained to be a fundraising mentor with the Institute of Fundraising London Region’s mentoring programme last year. In this blog, he gives his 10 reasons why it’s a brilliant thing to do...
I’m typing this on the busy 17.57 train from St Pancras to Chesterfield on the way home from a multi-day, full on team meeting in London. I was motivated to put fingers to laptop keyboard by the emotionally charged atmosphere at the end of the meeting.
Read the speech given by Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society at the launch of the IoF's guidance on fundraising from people in vulnerable circumstances
We have recruited for the face to face fundraising market since our inception in 2004 and over that period have had upwards of 12,000 candidates come through the business working for face to face, door and private site fundraising roles.
In an age when we are consumed by technology all around us at work and home, there is nothing more satisfying than receiving a creative and relevant piece of direct mail.
Rather frustratingly, my mind is constantly switched to 'on' - the sufferance of one who is part of the fundraising ilk! So when I switched on the television to be greeted with Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4, after a full-on week looking after my supporters and engaging new ones (and introducing' tea and cake at 3' to my team), my 'on' switch was well and truly stuck.
Here at Listen, our mission statement includes this line: ‘we will work with charities of all sizes, as long as we have the capacity to.’ Which basically means we’re serious about representing the Davids as well as the Goliaths of the charity sector.
Mentoring can be an excellent way to develop new skills, talk about career progression and share ideas with like-minded professionals.
Whether it’s not wearing any makeup, throwing an ice bucket over your head or jumping into the sea in Norway, you can’t escape the new wave of meme-like social media powered fundraising. You could call it meme-raising if you like, but that sounds a bit weird, so it’s probably best not to.
The DMA issued a press release last week which I wanted to draw people’s attention to: "DMA warns industry of sitting on ad mail VAT time bomb" (1). HMRC has clarified to the DMA that postage costs, as part of advertising mail, are subject to VAT charges and that including postage (or anything else other than print) as part of a zero-rated single-source supply does not exempt it from VAT.