Well, it’s a little bit of an inflammatory article title, but there’s a deep vein of truth in it.
The most honest feedback I receive in life is after the final whistle is blown and I’m sitting in the pub with my mates.
Reflecting back on my journey into a career in the third sector, I realise how interesting a path I have taken. A path, which was not without frustrations, but one which brought me to where I am today, and more importantly, affirmed my belief in the sector, and my place in it.
I signed up to the Future Leaders programme shortly after being promoted to Assistant Director of Fundraising at Livability, my first role leading a fundraising team of 20.
It was more like being a student again than I’d imagined: there were late nights, there was swearing, there were tears, there were emotional highs and lows throughout the whole year.
What makes a great fundraising CV? The short answer is... one that stands out! Anyone can list their jobs and experience, but a good CV shows evidence and results.
When I wrote my last blog post about the Future Leaders Programme, I themed it around a particular comment that course leader Mark made in the very first session which resonated with me: that the most highly performing teams are those which are comfortable with change.
Over the years I have done my fair share of recruitment and have been very successful in recruiting highly skilled and talented fundraisers. Last year, however, I started to find recruitment more difficult and found myself frequently having to go back to market. I was still getting a good number of applications which, on paper, looked like very credible but something wasn’t clicking.
Never has there been a more important moment for fundraisers to consider becoming trustees.
Having just embarked on a new role as Mid Value Lead at Cancer Research UK, this was a conversation during the first week of the IoF’s Future Leader Programme that felt extremely timely and apt.