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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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, […]

5 Simple Ways To Make Networking Fun!

Our latest Charity Meetup hosted by Petit Miracle Hub (Wednesday 9th September) was themed around speaking with impact and unlocking creativity.   I wanted to share 5 top tips for taking advantage of these types of events with some enjoyable ways to network with the other attendees. This blog post is inspired by advice from our keynote speaker Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code.   Tip # 1 – Listen twice Listen to the person you […]

Adventures at Barcampnfp 2015

I took part in my third Barcampnfp unconference this week. It always reminds me of the old saying “you get out what you put in” and I did my best to contribute meaningfully I suggested and ran two of the morning sessions. At this event the participants co-create the conference and topics are crowdsourced from the group. If you want to cover a topic you have to be the facilitator. I saw some of my […]