This year was the first Institute of Fundraising National Fundraising Convention that I had attended, thanks to the IoF East Midlands group. Having worked for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice for two years, I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to see examples of best practice from other national charities.
Earlier this year I was lucky to win a day pass to the IoF National Fundraising Convention 2015, courtesy of the IoF East Midlands regional group. Over three months later, on a sunny morning in July, I was on the 7am train to London for the first day of Convention.
It’s been almost a year since I was given the honour of becoming Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, and a year in which much has happened to impact on the work of charity fundraisers. And whilst we’re a resilient and optimistic bunch, the current climate is naturally giving us cause for concern.
Quick. You’ve got nine seconds to make me care about your printed material. Or, even worse, FOUR if I’m on your website!
My interest in fundraising was first prompted at a very early age by my granddad, Muhammed Omar Khan, who would pass a pound coin to me and my brother to put in the collecting box for charity at our local mosque.
My fundraising career began in 2002 when I joined NSPCC as a Community Fundraising Co-ordinator. I had recently signed up as a fundraising volunteer and was so inspired by their Sussex Community Fundraiser, Ros Bird, that I went for a job in their South East team.
Walter White and I both started our working life as Chemists but then took very different paths from there! After a few twists and u-turns, I’ve thankfully arrived in my perfect jobs (both paid and unpaid)
I can never remember anybody at school advising the careers officer that they wanted to be a legacy fundraiser. I doubt any of us would have understood what it meant, let alone the importance or value of this form of fundraising. Perhaps it’s not ‘sexy' enough.
I personally don’t think anyone can ever be "the best" as there is always so much to learn and the fundraising world changes so fast that it is our job to think out of the box and make the most out of every event, meeting and pitch that you undertake.
My name is Jordan Anderton. I am 22 years of age and have recently started my fundraising career as the Community Fundraiser for Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) based in Devon. I would like to share with you my story and why, for me, fundraising was the ONLY career choice.