A very warm welcome to you all! I am delighted to be writing to you through Students4students’ brand new website, and I am even more delighted that this is my first ever blog in my role as Fundraising lead. I first became passionate about volunteering for good causes whilst at University, and, to my own surprise, now have a job that centres around supporter care and campaign mailings, whilst also volunteering at two other charities- Students4students and Nightine Association.
On reflection (and where is better to reflect than in a blog!) I feel like a lot of charities promote their fundraising to potential fundraisers, but don’t promote shout about it much to their supporters- perhaps for fear that their supporters may question why the organisation needs to seek money from elsewhere- and wondering if that means their donations aren’t being spent wisely. On the contrary, organisations that are proactive with their fundraising demonstrate to their supporters that they have a sustainable approach, that they have a strategy for the future, and that they don’t take anything for granted. Students4students know that we have come a long way, and that your support has helped us get there, and we have worked hard to create a fundraising strategy that involves all of our members- from tutors to trustees- and is both realistic and ambitious.
At a stage in our journey where Students4students is aiming to develop and professionalise itself in a manner of ways, fundraising is a vital step-change in this process. In order to improve and upscale our activities, so that we can deliver tutoring to more children otherwise at risk of getting lost in an unequal system, we need to have a sustainable grounding and a long-term outlook. Our vision for 2020 is to maintain a steady income stream through our known, reliable fundraising routes including support from generous individuals like you and valiant fundraising efforts from our members, as well as venturing into new territories with applications to Trusts and Foundations. We warmly invite you, as someone who has taken the time and effort to give a gift to support better chances for children in primary schools, to accompany us on our journey.
If you would like to hear more about our ambitious plans for 2020 and beyond, you can keep up to date with my fundraising blogs on our website on a monthly basis. If you simply cannot bear to wait until then, or if you have any suggestions or comments to make, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and your contribution will be extremely valuable to us.