10 December 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 11

Alexandra Roberts, National Museum Wales

I can’t quite believe how quickly my time here at Amgueddfa Cymru is going, I am now fully settled in and taking on more responsibility and work within the development team, getting to work with all members of the team on different projects and tasks to get an understanding of the different aspects of fundraising.

As Christmas is drawing closer Amgueddfa Cymru is preparing for our annual Patrons Christmas dinner, the event our patrons and staff look forward to all year. All of our patrons pile into the main hall for a festive evening of entertainment, food and wine. It is the museum’s way of saying thank you for all of the support the patrons provide us with and a Christmas treat for all of the development staff.

The Christmas dinner is our biggest Patrons event of the year, requiring a lot of time and preparation to make sure the night runs smoothly and we can show our gratitude in the best way possible. The run up to the event has been a great experience so far as I have been creating the programme which has forced me to try and look at the event from a patron’s point of view.

The preparation of this event, alongside my other current duties of writing reports for Trusts who have supported our projects, and creating newsletters to keep our supporters informed, has given me an insight into the relationships fundraisers need to have with supporters.

When I first started thinking about the relationship between Amgueddfa Cymru and its funders, I underestimated quite how important it was to have your supporters involved and updated even after the project is complete. However through writing reports for trusts who have supported our Making History Project at St Fagans, I can see how essential it is that they see the how their support of the project has manifested, and how it is fulfilling our aims as an organisation. Not only are these reports a way for them to check we have reached our goals, it helps us look at our projects from a different perspective and remind ourselves what the project is really about. Creating a project report for a trust has also enabled me to get a greater understanding of how trust applications are done which I hope to get more experience with in my time here.

Maintaining a good relationship with supporters is the biggest part of fundraising, and learning how to know what each individual trust or person would want in return for their support is integral to keeping that relationship healthy. It has been great to work with patrons, trusts and individual donors to see the different relationships we need to preserve, as well as being able to learn about the various styles of fundraising.

This past month has been a great experience, being able to focus on letting our supporters know about all of the great projects they have enabled, and finding ways to show our gratitude to those who support us. It looks like the next month is going to be full of opportunities for me to learn more about events and our supporters, and even better I can do it in an office that looks like Santa’s Grotto! 

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