14 November 2017back

Creative Internships Blog Week 7

Johnny Dawson, Hijinx Theatre

The first month of my time at Hijinx has been largely spent learning about the organisation. How it works, what it does, who’s involved – but critically what it needs. I said the last time I wrote a post how incredibly lucky I felt to be part of the organisation, and that’s still true. This is due in large part to the volume of work it does, who it reaches and the impact it has on their lives. As such, it needs the financial resources to keep going. So, it’s lucky – what with my job being to raise money – that I’ve been placed with an organisation whose vision I back so passionately.  Because a huge bonus for fundraising is that you really believe in what you’re doing.

As well as learning about the organisation, I’ve spent a lot of time this month getting my ducks in a row. I’m putting a fundraising plan together for the next few months. This has included creating a database of Trusts and Foundations to apply to from in-depth research into prospects. It’s time consuming, but actually a very helpful use of my time. I’ve also been redeveloping our process for individual giving, researching and selecting a new online giving platform to implement through our website. I’ve also been auditing and beginning to rewrite fundraising material – both electronic and looking at print options.

I also got to head to London for a training course with the Independent Theatre Council on Effective Fundraising. A great day in which we covered the aspects of Trusts fundraising, as well as getting a lot of time to role-play situations where we meet with funders. 

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