25 November 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 10

Clio Ryan, The Gate Arts Centre

Speaking recently with my business mentor, the incredible Gwenda Williams, I was slightly shocked to realise that I am only just entering my 10th week here at The Gate.  I’m really really enjoying my time here, and in particular, I’m enjoying the opportunity to lead on developing some new strategies in a well supported environment.

Here at the Gate, we have a really varied programme, and it is certainly new to me to working to fundraise for many different activities at the same time - I’m thoroughly enjoying the varied approach to fundraising that this requires. I’ve been looking into improving individual giving and developing systems in place to maximise exposure and income from this stream. I’ve also been looking into the physical space around the building and how best to use this to let visitors know what we do, and to encourage support in any way possible.

Another aspect that I’m working on is sponsorship and I have recently had my first meeting with a potential supporter. I’ve never led a meeting of this kind before and have to admit that I was more than a little nervous, but realised that (as almost everyone had told me before hand) it really is just about having a conversation and meeting people who hopefully are enthusiastic about what you do or what you’re trying to achieve. As usual, trust and foundations remain an ongoing element of my daily work and I continue to enjoy this aspect and planning a timetable of our needs and deadlines to work towards.

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