Getting everyone involved in fundraising

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When developing this community one of the topics that was raised regularly was how to integrate fundraising across an organisation and get everyone involved. Beth Breeze talked about the importance of this in her blog, Desperately Seeking Big Donors, which can be found on the community here.

From taking part in thanking existing donors to helping to communicate your message how have Trustees, Volunteers and Staff been involved in your fundraising efforts. 

Do you have any experiences you are willing to share with the community? Perhaps you have undertaken some of this activity as part of your Catalyst project? Do let us know below.

View Gemma Thorpe's profile Gemma Thorpe Sep 21 2015 - 11:07am
  1. Hi Gemma,

    We are approaching the end of the Development Phase of our Project. I have found the time and effort which one person in each project needs to put in is pretty scary! With the best will in the world, only one person is going to complete the application forms for HLF and probably other potential grant donors.  I have found it best to invite input from the widest range ( - We are a church , so this includes the Parochial Church Council , the Diocesan authorities, and the worshipping community), together with schools, colleges, university, local organisations including the (civil) Parish Councils, Borough Council,Drama and Photography clubs , etc. Get in front of as many people as possible, and the Heritage Open Days help to bring fresh interest. Try and record the names and contact details of as many people as possible at these events and get back to them asap while they are still 'warm' to your project.

    Raising funds is very tough, and success is only likely by engaging with the widest community. We are now involved with music and drama events in church, and a new film club is to commence in December.

    I wish you every success.

    Kevin Davenport ( St Augustine's Heritage Project, West Monkton, Somerset) 



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  3. Hi Kevin

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I think your points about consulting as widely as possible and the importance of follow up correspondence being sent shortly after whilst the people you've spoken to still remember your project are really key especially when, as you say, raising funds can be such a challenge.

    Best wishes



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