Why it’s Important to Celebrate Success and Failure

I have worked in the charity sector for 13 years and have noticed a number of ways that certain organisations have managed to create a very positive and nurturing culture. By understanding how these positive environments are created, we can work towards creating workplaces where people feel valued and experienced staff are given autonomy to deliver on their projects. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”   – Winston Churchill

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Charity Photo Story Inspired by the Charity Meetup

How the Charity Meetup inspired a Photo Story about a Garden in Kings Cross A meeting in a ‘Glass House’ I’m standing in the middle of Kings Cross looking at the most amazing view – cranes, buildings and a swimming pool in the form of a natural bathing pond, surrounded by lush bee friendly vegetation. Kings Cross is going through a rebirth. Everything is changing. And right in front of me are my kids – […]

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 […]