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.
I’m in the Regional Fundraising Team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and having recently joined the IoF’s North East committee, it seems like a great chance to share my first IoF blog post.
Whilst I was ironing shirts ready for the week ahead, I started thinking about my career achievements, and how on my CV they differ very much from what I rate as the best moments of my career.
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.