This is an example of a very small charity investing in training of their volunteers in order to maximise income from charitable trusts and foundations – with immediate results. It demonstrates the value of learning and development and the benefits of taking a strategic approach to fundraising. Most heritage organisations have very few paid staff and many rely exclusively on volunteers. Young Music Makers, an arts organisation is based in a very rural setting and has willing volunteers and a very part time, paid administrator. The trustees wanted to do more to support fundraising and so they sought some short-term professional help to create a fundraising strategy and to develop their own skills.
The skills they learned and used effectively in a relatively short period of time have transformed the ability of the group to access funding and will potentially make the organisation much more sustainable. Michael Parkin, chair of the Trustees said: ‘Making that investment in our knowledge and understanding was the best thing that we could have done.’
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