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

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 […]

Imposter no more – Guest Post by Ally Rea

If Impostor Syndrome needed a model……It could have been me. For much of my employed life, the first couple of years of my son’s life (he’s now all of 2.5), the whole of rebuilding our crumbling house and definitely my first forays into a new working life as a freelancing professional parent,  I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I didn’t quite measure up. When I quit my permanent job to try to achieve a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Connecting at the charity meetup – Guest Blog by Ruby Kvalheim

Charity Meetup seemed to me a gathering of a warm and supportive bunch of people, who want to help each other succeed. The evening was centred around actionable change, offering techniques, support and encouragement. Great inspiration after a long Tuesday at work! Around 50 people came to the event, yet the atmosphere was one of a cosy group chat, with plenty of interaction during talks, as well as time for one to one discussions. I […]

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 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 […]