Gary Kernahan and Loretta Bresciani Murray ask whether charities in Scotland are failing their donors and beneficiaries by overlooking learning and development.
Loretta Bresciani-Murray on how putting supporters first in community fundraising can help us prepare for the future.
Having youth on your side definitely has its advantages. That’s because with youth comes energy and vitality. Not to mention fresh ideas, different skill-sets, and above all, passion.
Over the past few years I've worked with hundreds of groups and individuals, I’ve helped them to build their confidence, to seek out the right fit in terms of sources of funding, to turn doubts into concepts, ideas into projects, and projects into sustainable services.
I am still amazed at how many fundraisers visibly recoil at the word collaboration; I have witnessed it many times. There is no doubt that many are hanging onto “what’s mine is mine” attitudes and approaches to income generation, blinkered to the opportunities that working collaboratively could bring.
As we enter 2016, we ask - how have the fundraising needs of hospices changed over the past two to three years and how can we develop fundraising further?
Last year, many people got involved with the #ProudFundraiser campaign. They say that pride comes before a fall. And it did. This year we witnessed the most uncomfortable, significant, public challenge to the integrity of the fundraising profession.
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.
My eight year-long career in fundraising has had various guises, predominantly Events, but with a hefty stint in Trusts and Foundations, and a brief but satisfying flirt with Corporate and Individual Giving. Community fundraising however was never an area I had actively pursued. So when it came my way unexpectedly, I jumped at the chance with the mind that it would be a good move for my CV to gain a closer insight into yet another strand of the woven cloth that is fundraising. As it turns out I got rather more than I had bargained for!
So here’s the thing. I’m currently on the Edinburgh to Glasgow train, following my 2nd visit of 6 to Edinburgh this week, with the sure and certain knowledge that I promised Rebecca at IoF Scotland a blog yesterday. Sorry Rebecca! The event management job that’s taking all my time at the moment involves working with an amazing community, of which around 350 members have volunteered their time and money to be part of the annual fire festival we stage on Calton Hill, Edinburgh on the 30th of April.