Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising

Join us for our next Breakfast Club!

Date: 6th August 2020

Time: 08.50am to 10.55am

Location: On Zoom.

Contents: In this free, virtual session you will hear the always-inspiring Kath Abrahams explore ideas about Leadership During The Pandemic; and you’ll hear strategies to help grow corporate income, through clear, proactive targeting, with Kate Billingham Wilson and Charlie Strawa. And Rob Woods will share tactics for building generous relationships with major donors and corporates, in spite of the pandemic.

Cost: Free

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Sound familiar?

As a fundraising leader, you’ve got targets to reach, people to manage, donors to keep happy and cross-team projects to contribute to.

Change in the sector is happening faster than ever, and you want to be up to date with the most effective strategies other charities are using.

And you sometimes feel isolated, without much support at your level in your charity.

You’re fed up with handling everything on your own.

Build the network to help you succeed

You’re not alone

There’s a network of people in the same boat as you – they have similar challenges and stresses and they’re navigating the same tough landscape. A network of your peers where you can get support and learn proven strategies for increasing fundraising income.

Enjoy Breakfast Club from home (for free)

Having run more than 20 breakfast clubs face to face over the last five years, we’re excited to now host this popular event on-line.

Bring your tea or coffee and enjoy access to expert speakers, practical tools and examples, and conversations with other leaders, all without leaving home.

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Would you like to get access to…

  • leadership strategies from some of the sector’s most successful fundraising directors, from charities of every size?
  • methods to help you build an energised, resilient culture in your team?
  • information on how to help your team have dramatically more conversations with the supporters/partners who can make the biggest difference?
  • strategies for winning more pitches?
  • techniques for influencing upwards and across, as well as down?
  • ways to inspire (and help your team inspire) more donors/supporters to give?

Inspirational Speakers

The Breakfast Clubs are hosted by Bright Spot Fundraising founder, Rob Woods, award-winning trainer and the author of several fundraising books including The Fundraiser Who Wanted More. He has more than 18 years of experience in fundraising, working with more than 12,000 fundraisers and directors to help them raise more money for their charities. His clients include Oxford University, Save the Children, Tate and UNICEF UK, as well as many hundreds of small charities and sole fundraisers.

At each Breakfast Club, Rob will be joined by at least one speaker who will share their knowledge, insight and experience solving the real problems you face, ensuring that you leave the event with practical solutions.


The next Breakfast Club for Heads and Directors of Fundraising will take place via Zoom on 6th August, 8.50am – 11am and will include the following:

Leading fundraising teams during the pandemic, with Kath Abrahams, Director of Engagement & Fundraising, Diabetes UK

As leaders of fundraising teams we continue to face difficult challenges at this stage of the pandemic. In over two decades as a fundraiser and leader, in a range of charities including NSPCC, Kings College London and Diabetes UK, Kath has remained curious about what makes for truly effective leadership and how this helps achieve fundraising progress.

Kath will share her approach to leadership during the crisis. She will be honest about what’s worked and what hasn’t and she’ll share how she plans to approach the coming months too. This session and Q and A includes:

  • The leadership habits she feels are more important than ever now.
  • Her approach to communication during the crisis
  • How she plans to approach challenges to fundraising this summer and autumn

Focus is power – how a targeted approach helped build corporate partnerships, even during the pandemic, with Charlie Strawa, and Kate Billingham-Wilson, ABF The Soldiers Charity.

It can be tempting to want partnerships with any company, but we’ve found that a very clear focus enables you to proactively tailor your activities to appeal to the right partners for your charity.

And it pays off. Last financial year, The Soldiers’ Charity secured £780,000 in corporate income. And though they’ve adapted the tactics, the strategy has continued to bring results during the pandemic.

In this session, Kate and Charlie will share practical examples and explain the strategies they’ve used to achieve this, including:

  • FOCUS – How to focus lean resources to get maximum impact
  • LEVERAGE – How to understand and leverage key drivers for your potential partners
  • ADAPTING THIS YEAR – How they have adapted their approach in light of the pandemic

How to build warm, positive relationships with major donors and companies, especially now, with Rob Woods, Bright Spot

In a cautious, socially-distanced world, it’s not easy to build strong, generous relationships with people and companies who care about your cause. But it is absolutely possible.

Based on interviews with fundraisers from a range of charities who have been achieving major gifts and partnerships in spite of the pandemic, Rob will share practical answers to some key challenges:

  • GROWTH – The simple stewarding technique one fundraiser used to increase giving by 174%.
  • INSPIRE – Five keys to getting maximum value from an on-line engagement or stewardship event.
  • RESOURCES – How to combine high-touch ‘WOW’ moments with the need to use your resources efficiently.


Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising