Ahead of her session at the IoF Volunteer and Community Fundraising Conference, Charlotte Fielder, Head of Volunteering at Battersea, talks about the successful stewardship of volunteer fundraisers and why fundraising is everyone’s business.
To mark International Volunteer Day, Jamie McIntosh reflects on how he's benefited from volunteering at the IoF - and more widely.
In the summer of 2017, the 40-odd volunteers who operate the Pitlochry Station Bookshop were thrilled to learn that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) – one of the six charities we support – had nominated us as Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year in the Scottish Fundraising Awards. Imagine our excitement when we subsequently learned that we were on a short list of three to win the award.
Beth Upton, former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising's South East & London regional group, reflects on her time volunteering with the largest IoF Group, and what she learned over that time.
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.
A few weeks ago I hosted a wonderful Institute of Fundraising event in Parliament celebrating and showcasing examples of excellent fundraising. I was delighted to be able to give fundraisers the opportunity to highlight the amazing work that they do.
Whether it’s baking a cake, running a marathon, climbing a mountain, dressing up in a particular style or doing something completely off-the-wall, participating in an event to raise money for charity provides a unique opportunity for everyone to be a fundraiser.
When I saw an article advertising the opportunity to volunteer at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s annual conference last year, I jumped at the chance to apply.
I wonder sometimes whether volunteering is an addiction. Recently, I tried to free up some spare time by stepping down from two committees. I promptly took up a further three committees. Well, who needs time to eat and sleep anyway?
I started out my working life as a tax consultant, but I always had a dream to work in the voluntary sector. After four years as a tax consultant and a lot of deliberation and research, I found a six month internship working as a Volunteer Coordinator for a National Park in the Caribbean. I quit my job and headed off to see what volunteering would bring me and where it would take me…..