Tessa Kind blogs about coming into the role as Community Fundraising Manager for Love Kingston
Hand on my heart, I can honestly say that I Love Kingston, so coming into the role as Community Fundraising Manager for Love Kingston in March has been a bit of a dream come true.
Love Kingston, a project of Kingston Voluntary Action, is a campaign and fund for the changing needs of communities in Kingston. We raise money through events, sponsorship, corporate partnership - and just about any activity we can think of - and make sure that this money goes to supporting people in Kingston now and in the future. A proportion of funds raised is given in grants to local groups, with another proportion of fundraising going to build up a large sustainable Legacy Fund, so that in years to come this will continue to produce resource that can be invested in our community.
Around 85% of all charitable money raised in the UK goes to a mere 5% of national, household name charities. It is fantastic that people want to give, but with over 400 charity and community groups working in Kingston we want to make sure that local giving, is creating local benefit. Love Kingston is a way to encourage people to show their love for Kingston by working with us to support local action.
As a resident of Kingston, I became involved with Love Kingston in 2013. I was shocked when the first Foodbank opened in Kingston in 2011, so with the support of the Foodbank manager Paul Pickhaver, I put an event together to raise funds and awareness. The live music and supper event, Rich man, Poor man (where diners are presented with a luck of the draw Foodbank inspired meal or decadent meal) was born and was a great success. Paul later suggested I meet with Love Kingston to organise and expand future events for their campaign.
From then on it’s been love at first sight. I became an active volunteer and continued fundraising, then I became a proud Ambassador for Love Kingston in 2015. It now seems a natural progression to take on the Community Fundraiser role and I think that my long involvement in the project along with my experience in marketing, advertising and communications will help me be a strong advocate for Love Kingston. It will be a challenging yet rewarding role, where I will be getting involved in everything from championing local giving, handling social media and building new relationships with groups, businesses and individuals.
My focus going forward is to engage the wider community, particularly schools and local businesses, communicating the importance of building the Legacy Fund for the future of our small charitable groups and organisations. I want to inspire and work with individuals, businesses and groups to come up with creative ways to fundraise. Having put on lots of community events and fundraising activities over the last few years, I know that as well as supporting my local community, I get a huge amount out of it and I want to help others do the same. Our reward for helping grass roots, local organisations survive and grow is a no brainer - a better Kingston for all. Come and join me!
If you are interested in helping show your Love for Kingston, please get in touch and we can talk about ways that you can get involved.
Tel: 020 8255 3335 Mobile: 07905 468589
Love Kingston: www.love-kingston.org.uk