Governance & Funding

Making the most of your fundraising message

In recent years, charities have come under increased scrutiny relating to their fundraising methods, the salaries of CEOs and the behaviour of charity workers (as in the case of Oxfam). Indeed, some sections of the media have been quite hostile; and so it is important that charities do whatever they can to maintain their focus… Continue reading Making the most of your fundraising message

Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

I realised creating a sense of belonging and value was the key to good teamwork

How does the inexperienced, newly appointed manager, motivate a team? In my first managerial role, I was clueless. I’d seen and experienced the result of poor management practices with previous employers. What was I to do? Back then my first goal was to get to know my team. So I spoke to them regularly, I… Continue reading I realised creating a sense of belonging and value was the key to good teamwork

Social Media

Are you leaving your Social Media output to chance?

Proper planning will be worth the effort... Among the many issues facing the voluntary sector is the need to improve capacity in digital skills. As such, getting your social media right is an important step in this direction. The problem is though, while many of us have accounts on networks like Facebook and Twitter, moving… Continue reading Are you leaving your Social Media output to chance?

Leadership & Management

How not to communicate: a lesson from my managers

You can learn a lot from your own mistakes; and also, so I found, from the mistakes of others. Having worked in the distant past for two somewhat “direct” managers, I became very aware of how not to deal with staff. Don’t get me wrong, both of these managers were clever, knowledgable and got things… Continue reading How not to communicate: a lesson from my managers