The next Breakfast Club for Heads and Directors of Fundraising will take place via Zoom on 9th September 8.50am – 11am and will include the following:
Corporate fundraising in spite of the pandemic, with Alix Wooding, Partnerships and Philanthropy Consultant at Marie Curie UK
Many companies are struggling and all of them are busy responding to the chaos created by COVID19. How do you raise corporate partnerships income in spite of these and other challenges?
Alix is a hugely experienced fundraiser, having helped achieve fabulous growth through partnerships at Macmillan, Anthony Nolan and Alzheimers Society. Alix will share some things that have been working for Marie Curie this year and suggestions for what corporate fundraisers can do next…
This encouraging session includes:
- Ideas to convert interest (eg in gifts in kind) into partnerships and valuable income
- How to build relationships even when you can’t meet face to face
- Ways to adapt your partnerships strategy now
What I learned about fundraising and leadership by running for 200 miles through a dark tunnel, with Max Newton, Head of Community Fundraising, Shelter
Until the age of 35, Max was not especially sporty, but now he runs ultra-marathons. In March 2020, he completed the Tunnel Ultra, a 200 mile endurance run through a dark tunnel.
The race started at 5pm on a Friday. Only 8 of 40 competitors finished, but having run almost continuously for two nights and two days, Max finished at 5pm on the Sunday. The feat raised over £7,000 for British Red Cross.
Max is also an experienced fundraiser and manager of community fundraising teams. He’s found that lessons he’s learned through his running hobby have helped his team to increase income – in his last job, his teams raised double what others raised, three years running. In this fascinating session, Max shares insights he’s learned that have helped his leadership and fundraising:
- ACHIEVING DIFFICULT GOALS – What he’s learned about how anyone can achieve things that initially seem impossible.
- BOUNCEBACKABILITY – Practical tips for growing your own ability to keep going (including through the difficulties the pandemic has created)
- STORY-TELLING – Techniques he uses to grow income in community fundraising and ultra-marathons events.
GRIT – Techniques to boost your resilience, especially now, with Rob Woods, Bright Spot
Goodness knows, most of us are having our ‘bouncebackability’ tested more than ever this year.
In her outstanding book Grit, Professor Angela Duckworth argues that ‘grit’ is has a bigger impact on success than ‘talent’, and I’ve found this to be true in fundraising.
In coaching and training fundraisers for fifteen years, I’ve discovered that ‘grit’ is not fixed. Excitingly, it’s possible to deliberately improve your own resilience. In this practical session I will share 3 techniques, including:
- HELPFUL HABIT – The resilience habit one leader credits as being the key to thinking clearly through the many leadership challenges of her lockdown
- RE-FINDING POSITIVE ENERGY – The practical trick that helps you prevent setbacks from ruining your day
- GROW YOUR GRIT – Ideas to help you build your own resilience and to encourage a resilient team culture.