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When I received a call from the IoF West Midlands Committee sharing the news that my bursary application for Fundraising Convention had been successful, I was more than a little elated. It’s been two years since I've attended Convention and with the sector continually changing, and many personal and professional growth opportunities in my role at The Haven Wolverhampton during this time too, I was eager to get down to London and learn.
Working in the non-profit sector can be tough but amazing, difficult yet rewarding – all of these things and more. At Blackbaud, we’ve always been close to the outstanding efforts made by fundraisers in charities of all sizes across the country – we work with them every day and get to see on an individual basis the remarkable things they do.
Never before has the consumer of anything had so much choice and accessibility at their fingertips. From where we get our news, to which shows we watch, to access to new friends. The charities and causes we support, and the longevity of that support, are no different.
Lean In Circles are small groups which meet regularly to learn and grow together. They are dedicated to helping women step outside of their comfort zones and achieve their ambitions.
Recent years have seen a raft of new contactless and digital payment technology evolve to become fast, easy and convenient to suit today’s increasingly time-poor consumer. Adoption continues to rise and it’s clear that people are seeking out payment methods that work with their busy lives and variable finances, and this is just as true for charity supporters.
I started my bullet journaling obsession about a year ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission. One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention with a session on bullet journaling. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business. She credited so much to her bullet journal and I was instantly hooked.
Next week sees the biggest annual gathering of UK fundraisers at the Barbican Centre in London. Fundraising Convention brings three days of learning, networking and inspiration to 2,500 individuals, who in turn will share their experiences with colleagues back at base. It’s a fabulous experience and one which I look forward to every year.
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.