Monthly Archives: July 2012

Working in charities means we get to see the very best of people

So, earlier this month was my first ever Institute of Fundraising National Awards. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was shortlisted for three awards, including best fundraising team, and we were hopeful of success.

I’ve been to lots of awards ceremonies throughout my varied work career and realised that they are a good synopsis of the industry they’re representing. The travel awards, which I attended as a guest, were astonishingly bawdy. It made me realise just how many people in travel start their careers as overseas reps. The music industry awards were, in my opinion, a series of shouty conversations with people who are always looking over your shoulder to see if there is someone more interesting, better connected or (deep breath) famous to speak to. And as for the media and sales awards…well let’s just say I wasn’t that ambitious.

So I was curious to experience a voluntary sector awards event. What would the crowd tell me about the industry I have recently joined? Lots of earnest beard-stroking, a proliferation of people who were all very worthy? What I certainly didn’t expect was to feel humbled and end up in tears, over-whelmed by so much courage and generosity.  Read more on Working in charities means we get to see the very best of people…