From the stress of writing your CV to the joys of accepting your Charity Link job offer now boils down to one question: how do I succeed as a fundraiser?
It’s fair to say that January isn’t the easiest month for fundraising – potential supporters are still weary from festivities and are head down trying to balance out the December over-spend. Luckily we’re experts at engaging with people and keeping our energy levels up, even at the most challenging time of year.
This month we’re riding high on an extra ‘energy boost’ as 3 of our clients have made the YouGov Charity Index ‘Buzz Rankings’ Top Ten for 2019.
62 Charity brands have been ranked by asking people if they have heard of the brand and whether their feeling towards the brand was positive or negative. Scores are calculated by subtracting the percentage of negative responses from the percentage of positive responses for each brand.
In our training we employ many tried and tested methods of keeping our energy levels up and our positivity going in order to drive success for our charity partners. It’s great to know it’s working.
Well done to all those that made the Top Ten – nothing speaks louder than results.
You know it’s nearly Christmas when the lights go on in Regent street (5.00pm today, just in case you wanted to know). The festive season has officially begun, slowly but steadily – there’s already a faint whiff of steel bands and mince pies in the air. Christmas is definitely coming.
Whatever your view of the official start of Christmas…we appreciate November is a step too far for some. It’s impossible to argue with the facts, late November and December are hands down the peak times for charitable giving in the UK.
So despite the franticness of the season and the long list of jobs to get through, our minds are definitely more focused on the causes we feel passionate about at this time of year.
So it’s true what they say, Christmas is a time for giving (I know, sorry). The UK is one of the top charitable giving nations, yes there is room to do more, but it’s clear that charitable giving is at the very heart of the British DNA. As fundraisers we meet this every day but at this time of year there’s a wonderful swell of interest for our Charity partners and we happily capture the mood and chance to share in even more enjoyable conversations with potential donors.
If you are thinking about regularly supporting a charity, what better time to do it than at Christmas time? Look out for us across the country at the very best seasonal events, including the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, at Olympia and The Country Living Christmas Fairs, in Harrogate and Glasgow. We might even be sporting a bit of tinsel (or is that just me).
It’s the start of a new season (don’t we know it by the rain storms) and it’s also the first official week of fundraising for our newest charity partner. Hooray!
It still makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up. Even after 20 years, we still feel uniquely honoured by the trust that has been put in us to deliver.
In the whirlwind and adrenalin of it all it’s not easy to take the time to stop and think – to celebrate our successes as a business and the effort it’s taken to get here.
So, this week we are officially celebrating in the Charity Link office and thanking our people…
…for the months of hard work gearing up to this – from that very first conversation to the months of due diligence, planning, training and complex logistical operations that have followed (and continue). It’s been a slick process and coordinated effort across all our departments.
When the first day of fundraising comes, we are ready – ready as ambassadors of our client’s brand and feeling pretty proud of our own.
Recognising this moment is what will help drive many more. Thank you team!
What’s at the top of your ‘dream job’ wish list?
Except there’s something rather important missing. It seems we’ve finally realised there is something even more crucial than the ‘perfect package.’ I’m talking about a seven letter word starting with P and ending in E. That’s right ‘PURPOSE’. Today, more people than ever are putting ‘purpose’ right at the top of their ‘dream job’ wish list.
I’ve certainly done some jobs that make me look back and think errrr why, and for what? Did I actually help create any kind of positive change here?! Except the need to update my CV…
I certainly don’t remember ‘purpose’ being banded around like it is today – as a catalyst for career change and a more exciting and fulfilling direction.
Many of our employees at Charity Link, just like me, enjoy working with the simple but clear purpose of raising much-needed funds for our charity partners – charities we feel passionate about.
With purpose behind you – what you can achieve is really quite incredible, AND enjoyable.
Check out our career listings today.
There’s no denying that life has become increasingly overloaded, instant and short term. ‘Digital overload’ is now recognised as a real ‘THING’. In reaction to this more and more people are limiting their screen use and even turning off their phones to escape the noise. Famously even Ed Sheeran has logged off.
Charities can’t just ‘go digital’ and hope for long-term success, not when their potential donors are otherwise digitally engaged. Thank goodness the art of conversation is not lost but becoming increasingly valued (again).
We give our Charity partners that hard-to-get air time and cut-through – personal, tailored conversations with potential donors, free-flowing dialogue with questions & answers. Thought-provoking conversations stick in the mind and create committed donors for the long-term.
And long-term is key – what Charities really need is a predictable income stream that enables them to deliver on their purpose year on year on year.
Research by the government in 2017 showed that 40% of donors donate via direct debit and that this raises an incredible £3.6 billion for charities.
So, these conversations are well worth having. Perhaps it’s time to look up from your screen and just have a chat.
In the fundraising business, passion means so much more than just boundless enthusiasm.
It’s passion for doing a difficult and important job, supporting charity partners to raise much-needed funds. It’s about results, professionally and ethically achieved.
Except that these days everyone is ‘passionate’ about everything and the more a word is said, the more it loses it’s meaning – you can achieve anything with a bit of passion, right?
Not really. You won’t get anywhere without it, that’s certainly true – but when it comes to being a professional fundraiser, turning that passion into results? Is not so simple.
It’s a job that, let’s be honest, most of us would be hopeless at, so we asked our fundraisers – what really drives their passion to be professional fundraisers?
Passion for People
“I’m meeting new people every day, so I never get bored. I really enjoy talking to potential donors about charities that really make a difference”.
Passion for success
“My ultimate goal to is find and recruit committed donors for our charity partners, I thrive on that feeling of success. It just feels good”.
Passion for our charity partners
“I’m a professional fundraiser but I can’t do that well without being a true brand ambassador. I work in close partnership with our charity partners because I need to be able to educate and inform potential donors”.
Passion to persevere
“You need to have a lot energy and self-belief but that’s made easier because of the amazing charities we support – especially when the going gets tough. I really believe in the cause, so it just can’t help but come across.”
Passion for doing things right
“There’s only one way to do things properly and that’s to the highest ethical and professional standards, every time. Working for a business that priorities that gives me confidence and a sense of pride”.
‘Passionate about fundraising’ has been our strapline for over 20 years, and it’s still right at the core of who we are.
What’s not to love about May? We can almost call it summer, can’t we?!
Ok, so that’s debatable BUT warm (ish) sunshine signifies only one thing at Charity Link – that show fever is here!
Our famous and flourishing British show season really starts to get into full swing in May and our venue bookings and logistics teams are maxed-out guaranteeing our charity partners an audience at some of the biggest shows of the summer season. There is buzz in the air and we like it!
Charity Link has been part of this well-loved and energetic season for years, booking space for our Charity partners months in advance guarantees unrivalled exposure for their cause. There is no better time for our fundraisers to talk to potential donors – the atmosphere is relaxed and visitors have both the time and the headspace to engage in educational and enjoyable conversation.
Our results prove that private-site fundraising is one of the best ways to recruit long-term committed donors for our charities. So, while there may be some sore feet come the end of the year, sharing our passion for some of the UK’s best-loved charities with the warm and generous UK public makes it all worthwhile.
So whether it’s Grand Designs Live or The Great British Sewing Bee Live, maybe we’ll see you there! Enjoy.
Lottery fundraising is just one of the ways we help drive our charity partners’ big goals.
As with all our face to face fundraising – we represent our charity partners to the highest possible standard. Our clients put their trust in us because nothing comes before ethics, values and compliance – that’s the Charity Link way. You can be assured, we’ll protect your brand – like it’s our own.
If you’d like to know more about how we support our clients with their Lottery fundraising objectives – please get in touch today.
Our trial of the latest Virtual Reality (VR) technology for Dogs Trust at The Ideal Home Show was a huge success. The immersive experience was really enjoyed by members of the public, many of whom converted to supporters after taking part.
Our fundraisers found VR a useful tool to help meet customers, spark conversations and raise brand awareness.
At Charity Link we are using more and more experiential techniques to capture the attention of supporters alongside our tried and tested engagement methods.
So, watch this space…