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?
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.
With so much talk about the power of Facebook, how could charities approach it better to improve their fundraising? If you think about it as much as I do, you start to realise Facebook is not one thing, but a set of tools that you can use in many different ways.
In 2017, I moved from Stirling University to work for Home-Start Glasgow South, a small local charity. I knew attending Scottish Fundraising Conference would be really valuable, particularly as I settled into the new job. Money was tight, so knowing volunteers could attend for free, I threw my hat in the ring.
How often have you heard that fundraising is a people to people business? It’s about relationships, communicating, and emotive compelling storytelling, nurturing and working in and through communities. However, recent months and years have seen a sharpened focus instead on process, compliance and risk especially with the advent of, dare I say it, GDPR!
I began my role with Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on 2 October, 2017. On my second day in the job, I attended the Scottish Fundraising Conference in Glasgow. I don’t have a fundraising background; I’d worked in financial services recruitment before joining the Home. So, if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from the event.
Rebecca Curtis-Moss on why you should consider submitting a paper to the Scottish Fundraising Conference.
The Scottish conference has always encouraged up and coming speakers, looking at new sessions and streams to continually improve and diversify the sessions for delegates. This year's Scottish Fundraising Conference speaker sponsors Karat Marketing tell us why it's important to them to support new speakers.
Damian O'Broin on how small charities can punch above their weight.
Loretta Bresciani-Murray on how putting supporters first in community fundraising can help us prepare for the future.