Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising

Join us for our Spring Breakfast Club!

Date: 23rd March 2021

Time: 08.50am to 10.55am

Location: On Zoom.

Contents: In this free, virtual session you will hear strategies for How to successfully build generous Major Donor relationships in spite of internal pressures, with the brilliant Louise Morris; hear from Suzie Thompson How to make relationship fundraising work when everything is remote, and I will share 5 steps to help you find and maximise fundraising opportunities in spite of the crisis.

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.


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 21 years experience in fundraising, working with more than 17,000 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 two speakers who will share their knowledge, insight and experience solving the real problems you face, ensuring that you leave the event with practical solutions.


Under pressure to raise more large gifts? How to focus on the donor as a person not a piggy bank, despite this pressure. Louise Morris, Summit Fundraising

The more urgently our organisations need money, the greater the pressure we can feel to focus on this with donors.  But this goes against our instincts – we know we need to focus on the donor as a person, and not as a piggy bank. It’s good for them, it’s good for us, and it raises more!

In this confidence-boosting session, major donor fundraising expert Louise Morris outlines ways to put your supporters first AND still achieve the major gifts your causes so need. This includes:

  • How two charities achieved their LARGEST GIFTS EVER in the past year with a focus on building the relationships rather than chasing money.
  • THREE ways you can resist the pressure, make giving enjoyable, and grow income.

Making relationship fundraising work when everything is remote! Suzie Thompson

Like all arts and education organisations, the Royal Northern College of Music has faced plenty of challenges this year. Suzie will share how a willingness to keep learning has helped her team achieve some wonderful results. This practical talk includes:

  • The strategies that led to their most successful appeal ever (beating target by 600%)
  • How they’ve developed such strong relationships with supporters, while actually meeting is not possible.
  • WIDER CULTURE. How colleagues across the organisation have grown in confidence as fundraisers.

The obstacle is the way – 5 keys to finding and maximising opportunities in 2021.  Rob Woods, Bright Spot

Since March 2020 we’ve all had to not only survive the challenges but also find advantages in the chaos. Change is clearly not slowing down in 2021. So as leaders, how can we (continue to) make use of the positives?

Rob has been fortunate to interview many dozens of creative, shrewd fundraisers this year. In this practical session, he’ll share the 5 elements common to their inspiring examples, including:

  • The ONE ESSENTIAL (replicable!) element he’s found in every fundraising success story he’s studied this year.
  • How a tiny arts charity has managed to keep adapting and DOUBLE FUNDRAISING INCOME compared to the year before COVID.
  • LOTS more examples to help you strengthen your mojo and KEEP GOING!


Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising