Introducing BTA’s new Director of Consultancy – Andrew Muirhead
BTA are delighted to ambience the appointment of Andrew Muirhead as their new Director of Fundraising. Andrew joins our Senior team with a specific remit to help charities develop their capacity through providing them with expert consultancy services.
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Leading Scottish Fundraiser Bruce Tait is swapping his business suit for leathers this September and taking fundraising training around the North of Scotland by motorbike!
The BTA Fundraising Essentials tour will see Bruce deliver a full day’s training in fundraising aimed specifically at charities north of Scotland’s central belt. He’ll present 8 sessions in small and remote communities that would normally have to travel to places like Edinburgh or Glasgow.
If you are based in Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree or Fort William, Bruce will provide you with the very best fundraising training right on your doorstep.
If you’re waiting for January to come before you start the process of recruiting a new member of staff, you might just miss out on the best candidates.
We understand that it’s a pain to even think about recruitment at this time of year, but our advice is that a little bit of preparation just now will put you ahead of the pack in 2018.
The shortlist for the Scottish Fundraising Awards 2017 has been announced. You can find the full list here.
Congratulations and good luck to all!
Share Scotland is a small, family led organisation who provide care and support to people with extremely complex and severe disabilities, allowing them to live in their own homes. Their main aim is to ensure that the ambitions and desires of these people are met as far as possible, whilst leaving as light a footprint on their lives as they can.
One of those ambitions held by a group of tenants from one of Share’s properties in the East of Scotland, was to take part in the Special Olympics this year.
Having a board with the right balance of Trustees with the necessary skills and experience is critical to a charity’s success, especially at the moment. You should consider carefully if your Charity Board is correctly constituted and trained? When did you last do some collective training?
Carrying out a regular Board Skills Audit would be a useful first step.
In April 2017, The Scottish Government announced the launch of its new Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF), supported by the DEC. The HEF will work with selected aid agencies in Scotland to respond efficiently and effectively to international emergencies.
BTA were delighted to be commissioned by the DEC to recruit a Co-ordinator for the HEF. We wish Annie Lewis all the very best in this important role and look forward to following the progress of the HEF.
Age Scotland believe life is for living, and everyone should have the opportunity to live happily and well, for as long as they can. Its determination to support that as a charity has lead it down new income generation paths that have reaped huge rewards. It has now separated its business enterprises (Age Scotland Enterprises) from the charity to form Age Scotland Commercial Enterprises.
In a time where everything is becoming more and more technology led, Bruce Tait explores how the digital world intercepts with the world of fundraising.
Lynn Stimpson of BTA Digital shares her experiences of unlocking large sums of unclaimed gift aid through effective database use.