Rebuilding fundraising in Scotland

27 January 2021
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Virginia Anderson, Chair of the Scotland Executive Committee, looks in this blog at some of the projects the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Scotland will be working on this year, and how they will be championing the role of fundraising in serving our communities throughout the pandemic.

After a year like no other, it is fair to say we are all hopeful of a better year in 2021. I’ve been so grateful throughout the pandemic for the generosity of spirit and support that fundraisers have shared with each other as we’ve faced our greatest professional challenges, whether that’s coping with furlough and redundancy or working through tough circumstances.

The Scotland special interest groups deserve particular thanks. Volunteer-led, these groups have been the backbone of what we have been able to provide. If you would like to attend an event run by our special interest groups, have a look at the website. They are often free for Chartered Institute members and provide discipline specific learning and networking. Even simply seeing familiar faces, albeit through Zoom, sharing the challenges can be a huge help in managing the professional uncertainties we have all faced.

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising Scotland will be here to help as we all rebuild in the months to come. Led by the Scottish membership, Chartered Institute Scotland will be supporting the Chartered Institute in its priorities for 2021; you can read about them here.

In Scotland, this means we will be working on some specific projects too to support you and the sector, and champion the role of fundraising in serving our communities through the pandemic.

The challenges that lie ahead are very real due to the uncertainty that exists across society. However, as a fundraiser please know that you are not alone as we recover and rebuild.

On a personal note, I am not sure I would have got through all of this without the members, volunteers and friends who contribute to our community. Thank you all for being a part of it, helping us learn and having each other’s backs. Fundraisers really are resilient, committed professionals who have made it possible for people to have access to the services they have so desperately needed throughout the crisis.

If you have an idea or opinion you think would be helpful, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you would like to be part of the amazing team of volunteers involved in delivering these projects you can find out about current recruitment here.

Virginia Anderson
Virginia Anderson
Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland
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