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 […]

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 […]

I don’t DO networking Guest Blog by Gemma Pettman

‘Why don’t you come along to Charity Meetup?’, I asked them. ‘I’m too busy’ ‘I don’t DO networking’ ‘I won’t know anyone’ ‘I don’t need any more clients at the moment’ ‘I don’t want to be sold to’ ‘I get nervous in rooms full of people’ When I went freelance five years ago I ploughed my energies into my work, not really looking very far outside the bubble I occupied. I networked, of sorts, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]