14 July 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 37

Jennifer Kirkham, Chapter



Earlier this week I picked up the most recent copy of Fundraising Magazine and whilst skimming through the faces of this year’s most influential people in fundraising and scanning a debate about the lack of giving to small charities I found myself engrossed by an one particular article.

Paul Farthing, the director of fundraising at NSPCC, was discussing the charity sector’s biggest challenge; both finding & keeping talented fundraisers. One line stood out in particular -
‘It could be argued, however, that the challenge to find and keep talent starts right at the beginning of a career in fundraising’ he suggests that allowing people to have real experiences, giving them hands on opportunities and to ‘go through the whole learning curve’ may be the resolution.

He speaks in detail about investing in staff, providing them with ample opportunities to develop – allowing them to trial ideas, fail, learn, and offer coaching.

Well everything he’s talking about, everything about training, development, hands on experience; all of that and more is exactly what the Creative Internship Scheme has provided me with.

Through all the training and support A&B have provided, as well the help from business mentor’s and direct experience within the organisations; everyone that has played a part should be immensely proud that they have not only given 4 graduates a fantastic opportunity & head start in to a career I think we’ll all continue to pursue but also given all of us the qualities of what apparently (and hopefully) makes a talented fundraiser.

I’m so pleased A&B Cymru have announced that the Creative Internship Programme has been extended for a second year because I just couldn’t praise it enough. I’ve loved everything about the experience; so much so that when I was lucky enough to get offered a full time position at Chapter there was no chance I was turning it down!

But as my final blog post comes to a close I figure this is where I say thank you, to absolutely everyone who has helped me along this journey!

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