Charity Mash-Up: Vision 2020

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CANCELLED.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have cancelled this event and issued refunds to delegates.  We hope to run the event later this year or early next spring.

Surrey Community Action celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.  Since our inception, there have been lots of changes and challenges for the voluntary, community and faith sector.  But what does the future hold?

We’ll be gazing into a crystal ball on Thursday 14 May along with key speakers, funders and sector specialists at our Charity Mash-Up at Christ Church in Woking.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker will be Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive Lloyds Bank Foundation who will look at the changes in the voluntary sector over the years and identify opportunities and challenges ahead.

Other speakers are:

Sarah Vibery – Director of Public Policy and Volunteering at NCVO who will speaking about future trends.

Dr Helen Rostill – Director of Innovation and Development, Surrey and Borders Partnership, NHS Foundation Trust who will be speaking about innovation and transformation.

Our workshops include:

Charity Accounting: Moving your accounting into the 21st century – Rachel Cooper

5 fresh perspectives to develop major gifts fundraisingLouise Morris, Summit Fundraising

Keen for your charity to secure big gifts but not sure where to start?
Are income holes in your budget keeping you awake at night?
Have you had some major donor gifts but think you could be raising more?

• A 2019 survey of 200 charity leaders in Third Sector clearly showed that charity leaders are more stressed than 3 years ago, with reduced funding one of the main drivers of this.
• Many charities, even the largest, are seeing fewer donations from the general public e.g. Macmillan with a £17million drop in income year on year
CEOs, leadership teams and trustees have a vital role to play in ensuring fundraising is on a strong path, stays on track, and that it is sustainable.

Join Louise Morris from Summit Fundraising in this session, which will give you some different perspectives to start developing a confident and sustainable approach to major gift fundraising

Digital marketing – Flick Humphrey, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at ACRE

Top ten tips for writing bidsNick Bragger, Head of Communities and Development at Surrey Community Action

For those fundraisers who are new to writing bids to trusts or foundations, or those looking to diversify what they’re currently doing, I’ll be going through my top 10 tips for writing bids and I’ll be looking for attendees to chip in with ideas too. In doing so, we’ll look at some of the ways to approach various trusts and foundations, and the differences between filling out grant application forms and approaching trusts and foundations with written letters. Hopefully you’ll come out of the workshop with new ideas to improve, diversify and make a bigger impact with your bid writing.

Making the most of I.T.

Online fundraising – Richard Morris, The Giving Machine


There’s a mix of funders and sector specialists in our Marketplace including:

Community Foundation for Surrey                                                                                                                             Kiln Creative
Edwards Insurance Brokers
Advice For the Voluntary Sector
National Lottery Heritage Fund                                                                                                                                National Lottery Community Fund
Heathrow Community Trust
In Kind Direct
Charity Bank
Small Charities Coalition
Mole Valley District Council (Grant scheme)
The Giving Machine
Active Surrey
Premier Choice Internet
Surrey County Council Members’ Allowance
Boom Credit Union
Scrutton Bland


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