Did you know it’s #smallcharityweek 15-20th June?
With this in mind we thought we’d share an insight into the world of fundraising and how vital community and corporate fundraising is to small charities, in particular Family Gateway. Here’s Vicki Stone, our Fundraising Manager, explaining a typical week in fundraising.
There’s no such thing as a typical week when you work as a Fundraising Manager in a small charity. You need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves, be creative and hit the ground running.
Last week was a busy week at Family Gateway. As always we’ve been busy working closely with our corporate partners, volunteers and supporters. So what did I achieve (with the help of our supporters and team)?
GETTING FAMILY GATEWAY FACE MASKS UP AND RUNNING WITH SAGE FOUNDATION
Following our Fundraising Ideas jam, last week I continued to work closely with Sage Foundation and Sage UK staff to get our face mask fundraising project up and running. The idea is to get crafty folk (including Sage staff and their families), to make face masks from recycled cotton fabrics, which we’re then selling on our eBay page to raise funds. Income generated will fund the vital work our Family Entrepreneurs deliver day in, day out, across the North East. For every mask sold we’ll donate a mask to an individual we support.
I’m really excited to be receiving our first batch of homemade recycled masks this week and getting them up online and ready to buy.
We’ve set up a family face masks Facebook group with more information and to keep up to date on our progress. If you know anyone interested in helping, please join and share.
FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE UNITY LOTTERY VIDEOS
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been interviewing staff, trustees and supporters of our charity. I finished the Unity Lottery videos and Beth (our social media lead) has spent some time animating and publishing the videos for us and has done a great job. A big thanks and name check to Pam who is one of our volunteers, Andy Sherwood and Rachael Bull from P&G, Karen Goldfinch from North Tyneside Business Forum and Made to Treasure, Iain Jamieson and John Musson our trustees, as well as Katelin and Kevin our Family Entrepreneurs.
Check out the first videos and if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning £25k you can enter on our Unity Lottery page.
HELPING THE LADS FROM OUR LITTLE INDIE NIGHT GET TO £10K
Since lockdown, three lads from the coast have been live streaming Our Little Indie Nights most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to raise funds for NHS and North East charities. We were absolutely thrilled that they chose Family Gateway as the charity they were supporting on their last online stream. Last week I helped them write a short release which resulted in them appearing on BBC Radio Newcastle to tell listeners all about their nights and their challenge. They got to £10K and raised over £1000 for us which is awesome news!
GIVING OUR GREAT NORTH RUNNERS THE CHANCE TO STILL RUN
It was really sad (but expected) to see that the Great North Run 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Last week I was calling and emailing our Family Gateway staff, trustees and supporters to work on a plan B. We’re really pleased that the majority are going to run the run themselves and help us not miss out on sponsorship.
We were amazed by the donations raised and grants received for COVID-19 relief and support for the families Family Gateway supports. As the lockdown is starting to ease, there are still many families and individuals who will struggle so it is vital that our Family Entrepreneurs keep up the valuable work.
GET SHOT OF A LOAD OF PIES QUICKLY!
MI Dickson have been so generous to Family Gateway since lockdown with donations of food for our families. We do our batch cooking and delivery of free family meals at the beginning of the week. I had an email from Dicksons on Thursday to say they had a batch of pies which were going to go off on Saturday. We’d done all our cooking for the week for families.
A quick phone call and email to The Bay Foodbank, (who provide many donations for our meals on wheels ingredients), meant that the pies didn’t go to waste and were able to go out to people who needed them for the weekend.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT US
It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment, even more so for some of the families we support. If you can donate to small charities like Family Gateway, every little helps: https://www.justgiving.com/familygatewayuk
If you have an event you want to run online which has an element of fundraising and would like to support our charity please get in touch. I can help you make it a success.
ABOUT SMALL CHARITY WEEK 2020
Small Charity Week is an annual event, run by the Foundation for Social Improvement. Small Charity Week is focused on celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world. This year’s Small Charity Week runs from 15 – 20th June 2020.