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

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 […]

Collaborating with online influencers – Guest Blog by John Sennett

Before I begin, I’m John Sennett, Founder of John’s Road to Volunteering, a world-leading volunteering blog, where I use my personal story to inspire others to give back to the community. Having worked with charities around the world and building a community around John’s Road to Volunteering, this guest blog will focus on effectively collaborating with online influencers, and how 2017 will be the year of progressive communication strategies, considering bloggers and vloggers to help […]

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 […]

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 […]