Biker Bruce takes fundraising training on the road


Biker Bruce takes fundraising training on the road

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. Starting off in Dundee on September the 3rd, Bruce will go on to Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree and Fort William. Riding on to the next venue each evening by motorbike, he’ll be travelling for 10 days, biking over 800 miles, visiting 4 islands and speaking to dozens of charities based in rural areas.

Bruce explained:

“BTA have been working with many charities throughout Scotland this year and we often hear their frustration that the fundraising training offered is always in the central belt. By travelling by motorbike (and by ferry to the islands) I can cover a lot of ground quickly, making the course very inexpensive for the charities that come along. BTA are committed to supporting charities in all parts of Scotland and there are some marvellous charities in Scotland’s rural areas and islands. I’m really looking forward to helping them raise more money at a time when fundraising is becoming increasingly competitive and you need to be at the top of your game!”

The training is aimed at people who have responsibility for fundraising at their organisations, including volunteers and trustees as well as staff who fundraise. Bruce will present three sessions each day covering fundraising planning, making the ask and applying to grantmakers. Bruce will talk you through how to make the most of opportunities with current and potential supporters by:

  • Creating a Fundraising Plan that works for your organisation
  • Deciding which types of fundraising are right for you and how to set income targets
  • Being confident in asking for money
  • Raising more funds from grant-making trusts and foundations
  • Creating a compelling Case for Support

Bruce has had a 28 year career in fundraising and is an award-winning former Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive of several Scottish charities as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Bruce created BTA and it is now one of the biggest and most respected charity consultancies in the UK, with a particular emphasis on helping smaller charities develop their fundraising capacity.

The full list of dates for the tour is:

3rd September – Dundee 4th September – Aberdeen 5th September – Inverness 7th September – Kirkwall 10th September – Ullapool 11th September – Stornoway 13th September – Portree 14th September – Fort William

For more information or to book a place, go to or contact [email protected]