What’s the big deal with minutes any way? Minutes are a record of what takes place at a meeting and ensures nothing
is lost or forgotten – you will learn how to take, prepare, and present minutes.
No need to write like the wind and capture every word – minutes don’t have to be verbatim but they do have to record certain facts. You will explore what must be recorded: participants, decisions, actions…
Time is precious, so make every second count – think like a Scout and be prepared! Teresa Dolan will discuss the meeting cycle and what to prepare before your meeting takes place.
Minutes don’t have to be long, complicated or in fancy language but they do need to record clearly and simply…you will examine the most difficult aspects of taking minutes and how best to address them.
Anyone can scribble a rough outline of a meeting, right? Yes, but to take good notes and create minutes that provide an accurate reflection requires a particular set of skills – Teresa will show you!
The good, the bad and the ugly – get the pop-corn ready as you screen them all! You’ll examine good and bad minutes, which will help you follow best practice and avoid common mistakes.
What do fundraisers really do anyway? Pam knows, with nearly 25 years of experience working in fundraising, she will
tell you all about the activities and related resources that make up ‘fundraising’. She will reveal the
mysteries behind where the money is: who has it, how much do they have and how much does it cost to raise
Understanding organisational funding needs and how to target the right source for these is vital to any funding application you might make, as is knowing what funders need – you will examine funders expectations and why they may be suitable (or not) to your organisation!
Every sector has it’s own jargon and buzzwords, and funders are no different so you will begin to speak the funders language by looking at current jargon and how to communicate with a range of funding sources.
After a tasty lunch and time to chat with fellow participants, you will begin to put all you have learnt into practise…there are as many different formats and styles for writing proposals and requests for support as there are applicants and so you must be able to identify the most appropriate for each application you make.
As every good Scout will tell you their motto is “be prepared”, indeed in funding it is essential that you be prepared. Pam will guide you through strategy, planning and time lines, and how to create realistic fundraising plans for the short and medium term.
Taking care of donors after the cheque is in the bank plays as important a part of funding as the application does, it is more than just a thank you! You will explore the complexities of stewardship and the art of cultivation.
Funding is not a quick progress, it takes time, effort and a lot of leg work especially when it comes to research – Pam will take you through the role of research and how important it is in successful funding applications, it is beyond looking in the directories.