Communicate what you love

browningyork Engagement, General communication, Inspiration, Leadership communication, Resource article, Story-telling

Many years ago when the large charity I worked for was launching a particular employee initiative, I wanted to contact other organisations who had done something similar and ask for their advice and learning about the communications. Because I was in a junior role and felt inexperienced, I decided to ask a more senior colleague to cast an eye over …

The link between fundraising and communication

browningyork Charity, Engagement, Planning, Story-telling, Voluntary sector

Successful fundraising is about telling emotional stories that donors and potential donors connect with. That they want to be part of. And that they want to share with others. At the Fundraising Live conference in London last week, I was struck by how many of the sessions and conversations were about using stories for engagement. If securing enough funding or …

Who’s listening to your not-for-profit story?

browningyork Charity, Communication audiences, Engagement, Story-telling, Voluntary sector

I had lunch today with a friend who also works with not for profit organisations. As you might expect, the conversation was wide ranging, covering a variety of areas including funding challenges for the sector, the importance of the work that the sector does and the enjoyment we get from supporting voluntary organisations to manage themselves better to achieve better …

Communicating a charity challenge

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On Saturday my husband sets off on a week-long, 109-mile walk to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The preparations have been going on for some months now, covering everything from choosing the route to booking accommodation, setting a fundraising target and packing his rucksack with all the essentials. He has also had to tell people about what he’s doing. …

Retro post: 3 things communicators can learn outdoors

browningyork Communication lessons, General communication, Inspiration, Retro post, Story-telling

Despite living in an urban area, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful lake and nature reserve just 2 minutes’ walk from my front door. Today, as often, I took my notebook and pens over to the lake and spent a productive couple of hours working away in the sunshine. It is a wonderful way to work and reminded …