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 […]

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 […]