Talk your boss into budget sign off

Talk your boss into budget sign off

Guest Bloggers | 7 March 2018

So you’ve seen the programme for this year’s Fundraising Convention and you really want to attend. But there’s the pesky matter of how you’ll persuade your boss to sign off the budget. Pro tip: focus on how it will help you meet your objectives – I’ll even do the hard work for you!



Using social media to drive income

Many charities are using social channels well in other contexts - community management, information dissemination, curating content, to name a few - but income generation has proven a harder nut to crack for many. Terrence Higgins Trust are here for you. Alongside partners Open, they’ll be sharing their story of using Facebook to not only drive engagement, but generate new regular givers. With tips on overcoming barriers, this looks set to be a practical session not to be missed.


Make the best use of your budget

Does your boss want you to do more with less? Or at least more with the same amount? Are you working with a shoestring budget? Mandy Johnson is here to show you 10 ways to become digital for less than a tenner. She’ll showcase ideas and techniques you could apply to raise money for your organisation, large or small. And CEO Sleepout UK share their inspiring story of running a successful social fundraising campaign with no budget.


Gain inspiration from the sector and beyond

In the digital stream we are proud to bring you stories from a huge range of organisations, not just the big names you’ve heard from many times before. From newer charities, like Coppafeel drawing on their 8 years as a digital first charity, to England rugby’s use of video to drive change, and University of Essex taking us on a whirlwind tour of the world of crowdfunding, you might even find your new favourite source of inspiration.


Identify new opportunities for testing

If you don’t have this exact line in your objectives, do you really work in fundraising? In a practical and insightful session, Dave Pearce from Dignity in Dying will help you think about your approach to identifying and testing new tools and trends. If you want to be more innovative but are overwhelmed or it feels too risky, this will be a really useful session to help you build an approach to horizon scanning and deciding when to jump on an idea.


Break down organisational silos

Increasingly we are seeing organisations restructuring to bring fundraising closer to other divisions. There has been an explosion in “engagement” appearing in fundraising job roles. We have a session that showcases just how valuable a more holistic approach can be, and argues that merging digital engagement, fundraising and community building could transform the sector. The case studies are persuasive, to say the least, including Bernie Sanders’ former Digital Director, Kenneth Pennington, sharing how the 2016 election campaign raised over $230m. This one is not to be missed.


So there you have it. You know the drill - copy and paste this, reword so it sounds like your voice, and wait for your boss to sign off the budget. Can’t wait to see you there!


Lisa Clavering is a freelance fundraiser and member of the IoF Fundraising Convention Board.


Explore the full Fundraising Convention programme here


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