I don't think we can afford to carry on like it is business as usual. We need to be bold and experiment.
We cannot rely on the traditional options like grant funding as we once did, we need to think a bit more like businesses and diversify our income.
That's why I chose "Enterprising and Resilient" as the theme for my next Charity Meetup event.
Charities need to be able to adapt quickly to a changing environment if we want to survive, deal with the increases in demand for services and be able to serve the causes we are passionate about in the long term.
We need to be more like sponges and seek out interesting projects that inspire us to see new ways that we could evolve our own organisations, whether it is revenue generation, using tech to save time and money, revamping our service delivery, impact measurement or engaging new audiences.
I really like Blurt (who increase awareness and understanding of depression) they have created BuddyBox subscription service, it's a great example of a charity creating a product that people love and at the same time generating revenue to further their cause. Read about them here
We will have several really interesting stories that will be shared by charities of all shapes and sizes at the Charity Meetup to give you food for thought.
Our talks include:
Innovative app that increases unwanted item donations
Cycling challenge fundraising campaign
Impact tracking app
Small charity crowdfunding success story
This event will be a great way to spark new ideas for how your charity can innovate in a tough climate. It's a really friendly group and all the talks will be short (around 7 minutes). Our hosts are Blackbaud (London Bridge) and the event is on Wednesday 15 March 5.30-8.30pm (arrive/leave anytime)