#020 Amanda Bringan

Simon tries to get in to the brain of Amanda Bringans, the Director of Fundraising at British Heart Foundation and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising.

They talk through Amanda’s career, including Comic Relief, VSO and Macmillan Cancer. Along the way they chat about imposter syndrome, advertising vs fundraising, managing teams, diversity and more.

#019 Founder Syndrome – Carin Willis

Is ‘Founder Syndrome’ a myth or reality?

Carin Willis, the Founder of Bridge for Pelvic Pain (bridgeforpelvicpain.org), chats to Simon about setting up a non-profit and the perceptions we have of charity founders.

Among other things, they talk about Board members and strategy documents and getting hit by a bus. And it wouldn’t be the festive period without Krampus!

#018 The Microwave Express – Diarmuid McCleary

Diarmuid McCleary (aka The Microwave Express) takes a break from hitchhiking around the world with a microwave to chat to Simon.

They discuss why he’s doing it; how he has approached fundraising and social media; and how he travels and sleeps without spending a cent. Diarmuid shares stories of his adventures round Ireland and Scotland and talks about where is next.

Read more, offer to help and donate at:
The Microwave Express on Facebook
The Microwave Express on Instagram


#017 Change Collective – Jonathan Levy

IoF #ChangeCollective’s long term vision is for an equal, diverse and inclusive profession, where no matter what your personal characteristics, including gender identity, ethnicity, faith, age, class, sexuality, age or disability, or any and all intersectionalities of those characteristics, you will be “the right fit” for the fundraising profession.

Simon talks to Jonathan Levy (twitter.com/JLevyUK) – one of the faces of the campaign, National Convention board member, award-winning disability campaigner and Dyspraxia Foundation trustee.

Read more about the Change Collective here: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/championing-fundraising/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/change-collective/

Read the Manifesto For Change here: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/library/manifesto-for-change

And complete the EDI survey here: https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/championing-fundraising/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/survey-diversity-equality-and-inclusion-in-the-fundraising/

#016 Managing Fundraisers – Mary Gamble

What’s the difference between a good manager and a bad manager? Simon talks to Mary Gamble (twitter.com/MsMaryGamble) about managing fundraisers, project staff, and CEOs. Mary relives the musical drama of her career, from her days working with face-to-face fundraisers on the harsh streets of London, all the way to her current role as Director of Fundraising in Barnardos.

As always, there’s a few tangents…ranging from boy bands, Home & Away, Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Devil Wears Prada and more.

#013 Elephants & Empathy – Holly Paulin

Simon sits down with Holly Paulin to chat about how she writes copy. Listen to them discuss blank pages, elephant noises, finding your charity’s voice and more.

#011 In The Fundraising News – Joe Jenkins & Nikki Bell

Reviewing the latest fundraising news this week with Simon is Mr Joe Jenkins from The Children’s Society and Nikki Bell from KEDA Consulting. News stories include#YouMadeItHappen – the new sector-wide campaign to celebrate supporters. Nikki, Joe and Simon also weigh in on JustGiving’s decision to scrap fees on certain fundraising pages after pressure from politicians.