Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising

Join us for our next Breakfast Club!

Date: 9th September 2020

Time: 08.50am to 11.00am

Location: On Zoom.

Contents: In this free, virtual session you will hear strategies for Corporate Fundraising Success in spite of the Pandemic, from partnerships expert Alix Wooding; hear what leadership lessons Max Newton has learned through his latest ultra running / fundraising success, Running non-stop for 200 miles through a dark tunnel; and I will share 3 practical techniques I have found to help you boost RESILIENCE during the COVID19 crisis.

Cost: Free

Curious? Scroll down to find out more.


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 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 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.


Breakfast Clubs for Directors & Heads of Fundraising