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Researchers in Fundraising
Transcript of Researchers in Fundraising
Researchers in Fundraising
APRA Bursary 2013
Access People, Advance Major Gifts
From Researcher to Vice President - You Can Get There!
4 years in the sector
Royal Academy, Serpentine and the Old Vic
APRA was an opportunity to learn about effective international research (especially US), and 2013 budget had been signed off before I started.
6 years in the sector
LSE & ActionAid
APRA was next logical development step but budget was a challenge
What we expected from APRA...
Thought that UK researchers would be the 'bumpkins' in a room full of experts
Prepared to have our minds blown (!)
Drug dealers. It was Baltimore, after all!
Assumed it would be big, but thought that meant 500-600 researchers...
There were at least 1000 attendees - that's a LOT of researchers
The UK is punching well above its weight - just as talented, experienced and ambitious as our US peers
A delightfully naff/inspiring key note speaker...
Major gifts - what gift can your organisation meaningfully use
Access people - people who can help your organisation in a social way
Councils and boards
Types of network
Implementation at The Old Vic - how are we using this?
A personal insight into their careers and how they progressed in development
Not a career road map - useful suggestions
Researchers can inform, advise, be thought leaders, and put ourselves in a position to take on vital activities.
Working with leadership
Try and understand their challenges
Make it easy for your leaders to get what they need
Use the art of persuasion
All researchers are relationship managers
Use email subject lines well
Work on presenting skills, take on leadership roles at RiF, network
Read leadership books
Interview fundraisers on how to position yourself
Become an institutional expert on something useful (ie campaign planning)
Get a mentor!
Several networking sessions available
Hard to know where to find the right people
Met some interesting people by chance
Used the APRA connections tool to arrange meetings
We now have an amazing network of peers and mentors (and even friends) around the world
Implementation of Learnings
Made notes at each session about ways it could work at home
Started a to-do list while I was still in Baltimore
Met with my mentor to talk about how to embed my ideas
Met with my line manager to download and together established the top three things that we thought should happen at ActionAid
Finally, met with our Head of Team to make my recommendations
• APRA was an investment, in us, by the RiF committee and our employers
• Essential to make sure that we got as much out of it as possible; that the benefit was measurable and had impact
• Wanted to demonstrate that even outside of Higher Education or if you don’t have enormous teams/budgets, we can still take value from it
As a result of our experience at APRA, we are:
More respected by our colleagues
Better able to champion research at our organisations
Not too shabby!