With so much talk about the power of Facebook, how could charities approach it better to improve their fundraising? If you think about it as much as I do, you start to realise Facebook is not one thing, but a set of tools that you can use in many different ways.
As a sole fundraiser, meeting other fundraisers and sharing commonalities and challenges is so important. And as an arts and culture fundraiser, adapting fundraising techniques and showcasing creative success is equally crucial.
When I received a call from the IoF West Midlands Committee sharing the news that my bursary application for Fundraising Convention had been successful, I was more than a little elated. It’s been two years since I've attended Convention and with the sector continually changing, and many personal and professional growth opportunities in my role at The Haven Wolverhampton during this time too, I was eager to get down to London and learn.
Three people made more than 3,000 of us stop to look at ourselves very differently last week. Between them, the plenary speakers at Fundraising Convention compelled us to consider our creativity, our cultural understanding and our mission for diversity. It’s what brought us to the Barbican Hall each day; that opportunity to truly reflect and be moved to create change.
Lean In Circles are small groups which meet regularly to learn and grow together. They are dedicated to helping women step outside of their comfort zones and achieve their ambitions.
I started my bullet journaling obsession about a year ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission. One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention with a session on bullet journaling. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business. She credited so much to her bullet journal and I was instantly hooked.
Next week sees the biggest annual gathering of UK fundraisers at the Barbican Centre in London. Fundraising Convention brings three days of learning, networking and inspiration to 2,500 individuals, who in turn will share their experiences with colleagues back at base. It’s a fabulous experience and one which I look forward to every year.
Next month, I’m speaking on a panel at the annual smorgasbord that is Fundraising Convention, about the Future of Corporate Partnerships. It’s worth noting that the last time I spoke at an IoF Conference on this topic, it featured robots, drones and pictures of my baby daughter – yes, you are reading that right – it’s amazing what sleep deprivation will do to you.
We're serious about challenging, empowering and inspiring your fundraising – and sometimes that means coupling amusing themes with insightful content. Take a look at the quirkiest titles in the Fundraising Convention 2018 line up, and don't miss your chance to see these and over 120 sessions in Europe's biggest fundraising event – bookings close at 2pm on 29 June!
There are networking opportunities aplenty at Fundraising Convention, as fundraisers from far and wide come together and share ideas and learn from one another. But do you dread walking into a room full of strangers tasked with networking? Why should you bother? Where do you start? What can you do to get the most out of it? Here are my top tips for making the most of networking at Convention.