People talk about the first step on your career ladder being the most important one. Bruce Tait - Joint Chief Executive of BTA - has been advising people how to become fundraisers for 25 years.
Here are his top five tips on not only how to get on the first rung - but how to pick the best ladder in the first place!
What’s the going rate for charity employees from an HR assistant to a chief executive? How do you manage millennial staff alongside Gen Xers and Baby Boomers? And what can you do to offer a more flexible and family-friendly working culture?
These are some of the burning issues facing thousands of charities in Scotland today. Little wonder then that a special event hosted by BTA - called Recruitment, Retention, Remuneration - was packed with leaders and managers from the third sector.
The people who run Scotland’s charities are not “fat cats” with huge pay packets, BTA can reveal after carrying out the most extensive research into salaries in the voluntary sector.
The typical charity chief executive in Scotland is paid £47,500. That’s nearly £5,000 less than the average salaries of £52,000 for charity chief executives across the UK - and way below the average of £91,000 earned by Scottish company CEOs.
The Scottish Charity Workforce Salary Survey monitored every role advertised online by Scottish charities for the past two years.
“The world has never moved this fast before. And it will never move this slowly again”. I picked that up at a Digital Event last year and it been increasingly true every day since – certainly when it comes to recruitment.
BTA Joint Chief Executive gives advice on how charities can recruit the best young talent.
BTA Development Manager Lynn Stimpson has over 20 years of experience in fundraising and database management. Now she has added a Diploma for Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals to her impressive set of skills and qualifications.
Lynn said: “I’m delighted to have my diploma. Putting the knowledge I use every day in my work into gaining this qualification was very rewarding.”
It can be a real challenge for organisations to find ways to make them a place where young people want to work. How to make a compelling case on why someone should choose your sector and business over another?
Caroline McKenna, Founder of Social Good HQ, looks at the issue of attracting and retaining young employees.
BTA are to team up with Peter Caithness - one of the country’s most experienced recruiters. Peter, whose proven track record is well known in Scotland’s voluntary sector, will join BTA in a senior position as its new Director of Executive Search.
Abeer Macintyre, Joint Chief Executive of BTA, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Peter join the BTA team. He is a much respected figure in Scotland’s voluntary sector, not to mention one of the country’s foremost recruitment experts."
With another challenging financial year approaching fast, we know that charities will be looking at how to raise the additional money needed to fund their services.
BTA believe that if there is one type of fundraising you should focus on in the current environment then it should be TRUST FUNDRAISING. There are around 10,000 trusts and foundations in the UK and a massive £4.4 billion in funding available annually.
The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect in the EU on May 25th 2018. This new legislation is all about giving you greater security, transparency and control over your personal data and BTA are delighted to embrace GDPR.
If you have any questions about how we store and respect your data, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.
At BTA, we love it when we hear of a Scottish charity doing something big, bold and brave.
When that charity funds life-saving cancer research projects in the UK and across the world which, in the 40 years since it was founded in St Andrews has helped double cancer survival rates, then we’re even more excited.
And when BTA was asked to play a part in helping the small but determined charity coordinate the biggest change in their history, we were absolutely thrilled.