Reflecting on the 10th Charity Meetup

The Charity Meetup two-year anniversary and the 10th event was a very special gathering for me. It was the culmination of so much work as our most complex event to date, and our first daytime session too! The event was sponsored by Magneto Films. I felt so many strong emotions before, during and after the event but the resounding feeling is one of gratitude. I am grateful for: Perfect Place – Being able to hold […]

Video for Good

In June 2015 I started the Charity Meetup; I saw a need for an event which supported charities to network together in a practical way as well as sharing skills. I am proud to say that our next meetup will mark our two year anniversary and will be the 10th event, to celebrate, I wanted to organise a special celebration. I believe that video is one of the most underutilised forms of communication by the charity […]

Getting Started with Google Ad Grants – Guest blog by Anna Champ

Google Grants should be a no-brainer for any charity. Google offers $10,000 a month to spend on advertising on their search engine, and for a small charity this can be more than your marketing budget! There are many benefits to having a Google Grants account, but I won’t go into those right now. Google have some great documentation on how to apply for a Google Grants account, so here I’m going jump ahead and talk […]

Show and tell

I am impatient. I don’t think we can afford to carry on like it is business as usual. We need to be bold and experiment. We cannot rely on the traditional options like grant funding as we once did, we need to think a bit more like businesses and diversify our income. That’s why I chose “Enterprising and Resilient” as the theme for the 8th Charity Meetup event. Hosted by Blackbaud Charities need to be able […]

Being Productive While Working in a Small Team – Guest Blog by Hayley Watts

It can be tricky can’t it, working in a small team or organisation? It does have some advantages too, so lets think about both and how you can use them to your best advantage… One of the challenges is that working in a small organisation or team often means you have not just your core job to do, but the other stuff as well. Sometimes this might be something that is kind of an extension […]

Collaborating with online influencers – Guest Blog by John Sennett

Before I begin, I’m John Sennett, Founder of John’s Road to Volunteering, a world-leading volunteering blog, where I use my personal story to inspire others to give back to the community. Having worked with charities around the world and building a community around John’s Road to Volunteering, this guest blog will focus on effectively collaborating with online influencers, and how 2017 will be the year of progressive communication strategies, considering bloggers and vloggers to help […]

Imposter no more – Guest Post by Ally Rea

If Impostor Syndrome needed a model……It could have been me. For much of my employed life, the first couple of years of my son’s life (he’s now all of 2.5), the whole of rebuilding our crumbling house and definitely my first forays into a new working life as a freelancing professional parent,  I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I didn’t quite measure up. When I quit my permanent job to try to achieve a […]

5 Ways Charities Can Benefit from Collaboration

When organisations with a common aim work together, they can cut costs, improve outcomes and reduce duplication.  Collaboration is of particular importance to smaller charities who are looking for ways to create a sustainable long term future. It is important to  stay on track, collaborations must help the organisations involved to deliver their vision and mission, which is why it is important to seek out others with shared values and missions. You can read the […]

5 lessons from setting up The Funding Network in St Albans – Guest Blog by Richard Sved

   “This is our community.” Last month saw the first of hopefully many Funding Network events in St Albans, where four people pitched ‘Dragon’s Den style’ on behalf of their good causes to a room of 90-odd potential donors. I was proud to lead the team of volunteers organising the evening, which raised nearly £12,000 in half an hour of pledging, to four local charities: The OLLIE Foundation, Mind in Mid Herts, Transition St Albans […]

How to successfully collaborate with corporates – Guest Blog by Maite Caballero Tomàs

Partnerships are one of the closest forms of collaboration which require real engagement from both corporates and charities. To succeed, long-lasting partnerships rely on shared values, open communication and creativity. Collaboration between corporates and the third sector can take many shapes and forms depending on the goals of such collaboration: workshops, branded events, donations, etc. Yet, corporates and organisations in the third sector are increasingly choosing to collaborate together via long-term partnerships to make a […]