An old adage I’ve heard about fundraisers is that we’re never happy with what we’ve achieved. We achieve success and raise the bar for ourselves, taking us back to square one. Having heard this a few times recently, and reflected on what I’ve achieved/still want to with my career, I decided to come up with a fundraising career “to do list”, giving space for reflection of successes achieved and the road to go in a healthy manner. It’s as much about being a donor as it is a fundraiser, achieving a variety as well as a depth. I’ve tried to create a universal yardstick to measure my journey so far and would love to hear your comments. I’ve included the full list below and a blank version in the comments – how many have you achieved?
Write a blog post– this one! Have a favourite fundraising podcast– Simon Scriver’s Amazingly Ultimate Fundraising Podcast played a good trick by featuring me as a guest… you can check out the episode here.
- Read three books on fundraising in a year
Attend an unconventional fundraising event– I attended (and spoke at) Pizza for Losers in London 2019!
- Attend an international fundraising conference
Speak at a fundraising conference– spoke at @theFSI northern fundraising conference 2018, booked for #IoFFC in 2019 Visit three charity’s projects/service outcomes– blog to come!
- Join three meaningful fundraising communities – small international development charities network and fundraising chat so far
Spend som– If Scotland and Ireland count, then I’ve crushed this. e time with fundraisers from a different country Start a cause related story notebook– an essential after seeing Rob Woods speak – blog to come! Do a ridiculous charity challenge– cycled from London to Paris in 2014, drank nothing but water for a month in 2018 – blog to come! Face a fear through fundraising– I abseiled down the Owen Building in Sheffield to face my fear of heights and help Raising Futures Kenya. I’m still scared of heights. Convince someone else to do a charity challenge– a few hundred people to do The Gorilla Trek!
- Become a regular donor to 3 causes – I currently give monthly to Cruse Bereavement Care and Raising Futures Kenya
Become a lapsed donor– my credit card expired so my donation to RFK lapsed. They were very quick to pick me up on it!
- Write a will & feature a charity in it
Write a full funding bid– I’ve supported a number of bids but was successful in applying for funding from scratch at East African Playgrounds. Make a high level ask– a few times, including an ask for £90,000 from board of the Toy Trust on behalf of East African Playgrounds Approach a corporate for partnership– a number of times, the first of which was with the great app company, @LoyalFree Do some face to face fundraising– a number of street collections & a summer of door to door – gave me a new appreciation for it! Have coffee with a supporter– a few times now! Be a beneficiary– Cruse Bereavement Care, Tony Elischer Foundation
- Have a nuanced opinion on CRMs
- Have a nuanced opinion on face to face fundraising
Take part in a network mapping exercise for a charity to see who I can introduce them to beyond my fundraising network
- Become the best storyteller I can be
Become a trustee– Thank you to Vic Hancock Fell for recruiting me to the incredible Raising Futures Kenya Board in April 2018
- Mentor a younger fundraiser
Be mentored by a senior fundraiser– I was incredibly fortunate to receive the support of @LisaRussel through @tonyelischerfdn Meet my charity idol– I’ve met – and even presented in the same lineup – in some of the fundraisers I’ve idolised since day one, which is increidble.