Amber Shotton, chief executive at the Foundation for Social Improvement, the administrative partner of Small Charity Week, writes about how has it been to put the events together this year and what you can do to get involved.
As we are about to embark on Small Charity Week 2020 (15 – 20 June), I have to share that it has been a bittersweet experience. Bitter? Obviously it’s a difficult and challenging time for many people. Just reading about the huge income hole that will be left for the sector is a big concern. Couple this with not having our whole team around at the FSI to share it with – both the workload but also those moments of joy (when you finally manage to match 100s of advice hours!) Plus I’m saddened that we won’t get to see or hear in person the amazing stories from our small charities that we usually do, stories that often fuel our passion for our work in the year ahead.
So what’s the sweet? It’s the new partnership with NAVCA, NCVO, Localgiving and Small Charities Coalition who have worked with us to make the week as eventful as it can be during these unprecedented times. Their contribution and support have been invaluable and I hope testament to future collaborative working in Small Charity Week – and beyond!
For me personally, it’s also having the pleasure of being entrusted to take the helm of the FSI during these uncertain times and to continue to deliver the support that the sector needs. After 5 years with the FSI, I’m honoured and excited to take the team forward. It’s still being supported by Pauline Broomhead CBE (founding CEO of the FSI) whose simple messages of reassurance that enable you to ‘Keep calm and carry on’.
There was never any doubt that the week would continue. Small charities make up around 97% of the sector and are small but mighty organisations who are now and will continue to be essential to a thriving society. Small Charity Week is #NeverMoreNeeded as a tool to shout, support, champion and appreciate them!
We know that the next year is going to look different, even if we don’t quite know how yet. But we also know that the small charity sector is great at helping each other. So during Small Charity Week, get involved, share your story, share the story of other small charities. We may all be living through a crisis we couldn’t have imagined, but we know that there are always those who suffer more – and it is those people the small charity sector has at its heart.
So I hope that together we can continue to build on the 13,555 charities that have taken part over the past 11 years, and grow the 3,446 hours of advice given by volunteers. Let’s continue to stir up another 8,000+ messages of small charity love, and help another 2,536 charities engage with policy makers and influencers. Please help us to share the #SmallButVital charity love this year!
Dave Pelzer said “Something good comes out of every crisis” and together in the weeks and months ahead I hope that we can create the ‘good’ for the small charity sector and society as a whole.
Get involved in Small Charity Week 2020:
- Make some noise about your small charity throughout the week whether on I Love Small Charities Day or Small Charity Big Impact Day – ask your supporters to share why they love you!
- Look out for opportunities for free advice or webinars on Big Advice Day and Policy Day.
- Join Localgiving’s Small Charity Challenge to win £250 for your charity on Fundraising Day.
- Grab one of the free spaces on the FSI’s Digital Fundraising Conference to learn from expert speakers!
- Make the most of expert blogs and free resources during the Week – sign up to the mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out
- Take this opportunity to raise awareness of your work and thank those that help you achieve it on Appreciation Day led by Small Charities Coalition’s
- Or if you are running your own event why not register it on the Small Charity Week Website.
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