Reflecting on Strengthening Relationships at the Charity Meetup Bucks – Guest Blog by Tony Barr

I think the best words of greeting you can possibly get when going to a Charity Network meeting is “help yourself to the buffet!”. Certainly an excellent start and had my attention from the outset. I had first met Dawn at the Community Impact Bucks meeting in Aylesbury and really enjoyed her TED talk and Mexican […]

Should you encourage your staff to attend network events? Guest blog by Katie Shuster from Chiltern Music Therapy

I think most people know that networking is hugely important for any organisation, big or small but with conflicting priorities, is it worth the time and who should go? Back in 2016, I embarked on a new role as Communications and Marketing Manager for Chiltern Music Therapy. I knew my role would include lots of […]

Progress, not perfection – Guest Blog by Ian Worman

On Monday the 27th November 2017 I attended my first Charity meet up. The topic of the evening was success and failure. It was an amazing evening, I met some great people. The topic was well presented with lots of new ideas to take away, I am planning to present some stuff at the next […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Started with Google Ad Grants – Guest blog by Anna Champ

Google Grants should be a no-brainer for any charity. Google offers $10,000 a month to spend on advertising on their search engine, and for a small charity this can be more than your marketing budget! There are many benefits to having a Google Grants account, but I won’t go into those right now. Google have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]