Ready, Steady, Cook – Fundraising Strategy in a bag Guest Blog by Lisa Gagliani

Guest Blog by Lisa Gagliani MBE MinstF I have a simple view of life generally. I do not much care for overly complicated thought leadership. I have spent much of my time this past two years as a grant-maker with a twist. Whenever I have tried to guide prospective grantees on how to de-complicate their massive fundraising dilemma – and trust me, that’s what most small charity fundraiser’s life amounts to – I have resorted to the […]

3 Ways Social Media Storytelling Can Help Your Charity

Social Media gives charities the opportunity to have a two way conversation with their audiences. In essence, when you know what works and what your supporters respond to, you can do more of it and social media has the analytics behind it to help you measure your most effective posts. 1. Use It To Demonstrate Your Impact Social media offers lots of opportunities for you to communicate WHY your charity exists and the real difference it makes […]

Making New But Long-lasting Connections – Guest Blog by Lizzie Clark

Why am I writing this blog? It’s not a trick question. The plain and simple answer is because I was asked to. I was asked to write it by the marvellously well-connected Dawn Newton, a woman who manages to bring a passionate zeal to a subject that many of us find…well a bit toe-curling. Yes, I speak of the dreaded networking. Whilst I am no shrinking violet, I’ll happily admit that before I attended the […]

Inspired listening – Guest Blog by Anstey Bligh

Question, how many charity events do you go along to where you come away with printouts of the presentations from guest speakers that sit in your bag and gather dust, because you have every intention of contacting the speaker as their talk was fascinating and you connected but then you just never get around to it? Quite frankly, this evening was different! The guest speakers were superb, extremely relevant to the billing and approachable. The […]

Is your professionalism killing your creativity? Guest Blog by Lucy Gower

This guest blog is by Lucy Gower, our phenomenal speaker for the Charity Meetup in February 2016. Lucy also ran practical activities with the group to help them implement their learning and practice encouraging creativity and innovation in their workplaces. When I ask people if they think they are creative they usually shy away from the question, either not believing that they are, or somehow embarrassed to admit it. In case you are in any doubt […]

Connecting at the charity meetup – Guest Blog by Ruby Kvalheim

Charity Meetup seemed to me a gathering of a warm and supportive bunch of people, who want to help each other succeed. The evening was centred around actionable change, offering techniques, support and encouragement. Great inspiration after a long Tuesday at work! Around 50 people came to the event, yet the atmosphere was one of a cosy group chat, with plenty of interaction during talks, as well as time for one to one discussions. I […]

My Charity Meetup Experience – Guest Blog by Fiona Salter

Do you remember the Invisible Woman, the character from the classic series Fast Show? Whenever she piped up in a meeting she seemed to be unheard, but her ideas were appropriated by her (usually male) colleagues. I loved this, but it made me squirm because it felt like every meeting I’d ever been in. If you’re slightly introverted, or just scrupulously polite, where does this behaviour leave you in the modern workplace, and, most especially, […]

SMEX16 Small Charity Questions and Answer Session

Small charity discussion group

Recently I ran an open session for small charities at the annual Social Media Exchange event (SMEX16). The idea of the lunch bite session was to help small organisations who have few resources with their burning marketing and communication related problems. In this blog I am going to share some of the questions and some suggested tactics and possible solutions. Q1 – If you’re small (tiny) what’s the minimum manageable amount we should aim to […]

5 Reasons Why Charities Need To Meet Up

Now so much of our communication happens online, I think meeting up face to face is more important than ever. Once you make a connection with someone in the ‘real’ world you build a much deeper understanding of that person than merely tweeting them. I think we are all craving real discussion and need to try and be more social. I go to lots of events but I still find it nerve-racking striking up conversations […]