The joint challenges of fundraising amidst a pandemic and of working remotely, away from colleagues and resources, are going to seem daunting to many fundraisers. Fortunately plenty of fundraisers are offering to provide help and support where needed.
Here are some of the fundraisers and fundraising consultants who have offered to talk or offer coaching for free to fundraisers who need help as the novel coronavirus unfolds.
1. Fundraising Chat’s mentoring function becomes a peer support service
Fundraisers. You may know that @LucyCaldicott run a Facebook group called Fundraising Chat. We're repurposing the 'Mentorship' facility that Facebook now offers groups to become a peer support connection service for fundraisers seeking support or just someone to talk to…1/3
— Lesley Pinder (@Skipinder) March 16, 2020
2. Nikki Bell
Nikki Bell (‘Charity Nikki’) was one of the first to offer to help with free remote coaching or consultancy or “just to chat meetings”.
Having someone to talk to helps me massively when I'm feeling lost or unsure on something.
During April I'll be offering FREE remote coaching/consultancy/just to chat meetings to give this help back to you.
Book here 👇https://t.co/asd6PGaHZW
— 𝘕𝘪𝘬𝘬𝘪 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘭 (@CharityNikki) March 13, 2020
3. Lucy Caldicott
Been thinking about what I'd do if I was a small charity CEO right now.
If that's you and you're feeling alone and worried, I'm happy to chat things through with you.
(Or even if you're not feeling alone and worried!)
— Lucy Caldicott (@LucyCaldicott) March 13, 2020
4. Claire Warner
5. David Burgess
Arts fundraising consultant and trainer David Burgess is offering to talk or listen to arts fundraisers.
Dear Arts Fundraisers,
Chances are this is going to be a tough few weeks/months. Especially if you are not used to WFH for long periods.
If I can help let me know. Whether that's help making decisions while working remotely, sense-checking or just need to talk please reach out
— David Burgess (@DavidBurgessFR) March 16, 2020
6. Matthew Sherrington
Consultant and coach Matthew Sherrington has dealt with major charity crises in the past and is available to talk.
Charity peeps: with a 3-week trip cancelled, I’m around with time to spare. If you need a chat over tough decisions and work stress in all this, DM me. I’ve dealt with a crisis or two in my time, it can take the biggest toll. It’s good to talk; self-care matters.
— Matthew Sherrington (@m_sherrington) March 17, 2020
7. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy
A free hour of consultancy support from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy is available for arts organisations in the UK.
Don’t be put off by the March 17 date on the Eventbrite booking page: this is currently an ongoing offer.
As part of our response to COVID-19, we are offering a FREE 'Power Hour' of consultancy support every day, to any arts organisation needing help with income generation, fundraising strategy, or donor management. Schedule your hour here: https://t.co/5wblFVLMxo pic.twitter.com/H6XXKLD5ad
— Artsfundraising (@artsfundraising) March 18, 2020
8. The Cranfield Trust
The Cranfield Trust has been supporting charities for over 30 years and is well placed “to be able to help your charity during this unprecedented time… whether you need short-term, practical advice, or longer term on-going support”.
Fundraising agency ChangeStar are already helping their clients with reviewing and planning their fundraising during the pandemic. But they are also making their advice available to other charities who might need it.
Director Richard Docwra asks that you enquire by email initially to set up a chat “then we can schedule these out rather than have several calls coming in at once!”
10. Tom DeFraine
Tom DeFraine is offering to talk through the plans of small charities looking to do more with digital.
If you're a small charity looking to ramp up digital in response to the #COVIDー19 outbreak and need someone to talk to about your plans – please reach out!
DM's are open and I'll help in any way I can
— Tom DeFraine (@tomdefraine) March 16, 2020
11. Charity Fundraising Ltd
Suffolk-based Charity Fundraising Ltd have offered to some free funding advice or fundraising strategy consultation to the small charity members of the Small Charities Coalition.
We would be very happy to offer some free support to your members. We can offer fundraising strategy consultation or help to identify funding opportunities.
— Charity Fundraising Ltd (@CharityFundLtd) March 23, 2020
Other sources of help
Support for AIM members – get an hour's free online consultancy advice to help with the Coronavirus crisis https://t.co/d0UzFpt8mg
— AIM (@Aimuseums) March 25, 2020
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