I recently stood in front of an audience full of Community Fundraisers and proudly declared, 'My name is Gary and I’m proud to be a Community Fundraiser'.
What is a perfect event? A party that runs to time? Great speeches? Star guests? And of course having your guests show you the money. Why else do event managers spend months tapping contacts to secure the best auction items and put on a stone in weight at countless tastings (okay, that's my fault as I have a broad interpretation of the word "tasting")?
Recently I was asked what I thought were the makings of a good fundraiser. It wasn’t a hard one to answer. I think most fundraisers would say it’s about the ability to build relationships. So why is it that the bigger and more successful (in terms of income) an organisation grows, the harder they can find it to maintain those very relationships that helped to support their journey of growth?
Ahead of the Community and Volunteer fundraising conference on 9 February, Gary Kernahan, Head of Volunteer Fundraising at Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, takes a look at the state of community fundraising in a Q&A blog.
Recently I've been thinking a lot about the wonderful profession in which I've been lucky to work for most of my career. And just last week, I found myself reflecting to the IoF’s CEO Peter Lewis about what being a member of the fundraising community means to me.