6 February 2018back

Creative Internships Blog Week 17

Johnny Dawson, Hijinx Theatre

If you’ve been following my blog (and if you haven’t, where ya been?) you’ll know that each month I like to share a little bit of what I’ve learned.  This month I’ve learnt that my car doesn’t like cold weather, that driving all over the country is not a restful way to spend one’s Christmas holiday, and that fundraising strategy is just as important as the actions of fundraising itself. 

At Hijinx, I’m working across many different projects, and trying to tackle as many fundraising streams as possible.  After my first few weeks, it became apparent that means it’s easy to lose track of where I am with everything.  Enter my incredible mentors – Rich and Lynne.  Both told me I needed to get a proper plan down on paper, with step by step actions and deadlines.  Fab – did that, and it really helped me to organise me thoughts and manage my work.  However, the document I created didn’t quite click everything into place.

Luckily, one of the perks of being an Arts & Business intern is the amount of training you get to attend.  Last week was their Planning a Fundraising Strategy workshop, which was the exact thing that I needed!  It affirmed to me that the plan I already had contained all the right elements, just not perhaps in the right order or format.  Now I’m working on updating that plan to rectify those problems, hopefully making me even more efficient.

It was good to know that the content of the plan was there already.  I even made a successful call to a Trust (see my previous blog post for context) and was quite happy to dive into chatting sponsorship with a potential business sponsor during a visit earlier this week.  I think it shows that my instincts in the job are sharpening, and I’m becoming far more confident in my role. 

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