We are proud to collaborate with The Fundraising Talent podcast & Responsive Fundraising to bring you stories of fundraising in the time of COVID-19.
In this special 7-episode series, members share their unique experiences with The Fundraising Talent podcast and host, Jason Lewis, about working hard to pivot operations and to secure important funding for front-line workers, community programs, the arts, environment and more. Through these conversations, we hope to continue to strengthen our global fundraising community and to provide valuable insights for continued dialogue and future learning.
Many thanks to our members who spoke candidly on what it means to be a fundraiser during this critical time.
Episode 1 – Coming Together as a Community
Members Teresa Vasilopoulos, Meghan Nicholls, CFRE, Sharon Avery, and Aaron Sanderson, ACFRE, join host Jason Lewis to discuss their insights about what it means to be a fundraising professional in these challenging times. Throughout this candid conversation, each member brings a unique fundraising perspective that demonstrates the urgent and complex needs of front-line community organizations during this critical time. In addressing these needs, it is apparent how interconnected each of their organizations are in providing community support. It is also apparent how generous Canadian donors are when given an opportunity to respond in meaningful ways, and how this experience has changed each of them as fundraisers – shaping who they are and how they approach their work.
Episode 2 – Fundraising for the Front-line
Members Nicole McCahon, Sandra Hawken, Amy McKinnon, and Amy Wilkinson talk with host Jason Lewis about their unique experiences fundraising for front-line healthcare organizations. Even as they describe themselves and their front-line colleagues as being exhausted and challenged with the realities of COVID-19, they also describe feeling a renewed sense of purpose that’s keeping them energized, enthusiastic and eager to press on despite all the obstacles. They talk about the importance of collaboration and new initiatives such as the Front-line Fund taking place in response to the pandemic and the importance of continuing to advocate for their cause.
For more information about the Front-line Fund and to donate, please visit https://www.frontlinefund.ca/.
Episode 3 – Fundraising for the Arts
Members Katie Hutchinson, Marilyn Brown, Carol Kehoe, and Diana Reitberger talk with host Jason Lewis about the importance of the arts in bringing communities together. Now more than ever, people are consuming different types of art across all platforms and all kinds of media, but how can arts organizations like museums and galleries continue to provide new experiences for their members and donors? How has the pandemic changed the live arts and cultural landscape? What can we learn from social distancing to keep people feeling inspired and connected and how can the arts plan to make a safe yet exciting comeback? Guests discuss these questions in more along with the importance of continuing to fund and build the arts.
Episode 4 – Fundraising for Education
Members David Bell, Andrew Young, Nicole Treitz and Jeff O’Hagan talk with host Jason Lewis about what it means to be fundraising for educational organizations in these challenging times. They discuss their own personal learning through this experience of having to quickly adapt and adjust to new ways of interacting with their colleagues, donors and community.
Episode 5 – Fundraising for the Environment
Members Andrea Simpson, Marsha Russell, Will Scott, and Kyria Knibb-McLuhan talk with host Jason Lewis about how the pandemic has changed their fundraising efforts when it comes to supporting the environment. They discuss the harsh realities COVID-19 has had on individuals and organizations, while looking at the benefits staying home has had on the environment. Like in previous episodes, the sense of community that has been built out of this crisis continues to be an inspiring motivator for each of them to continue in their efforts to raise funds and make a positive global impact.
Stay tuned for more episodes to come!