The Fundraising Committee






The Fundraising Committee





About the committee

The creation of the Fundraising Committee was key to EPAfrica’s 2017 restructure, to allow us to grow and become more ambitious in the kinds of projects we undertake. While the core of the model remains 50 new Project Workers raising around £2000 each annually (through university grants, friends, and family), we envision the Fundraising Committee continuing to grow, looking for ways to fund more complex projects and complement the work the Project Workers do.

We want the Fundraising Committee, led by the Director of Fundraising, to become a key engine of growth and development for the charity. It’s the committee’s ability to source, apply for, and receive grants (in the £2,000-10,000 range) for particular kinds of projects (water and sanitation, solar, or teacher-training) that will drive the direction the Logistics and Delivery Committee takes in our school partnerships. We want to crowdfund better (our best campaign so far raised £7000). We want to increase the number of regular donors (currently around 20). We are really interested in the possibilities of fundraising events, which we’ve so far struggled to run effectively.

This committee is still quite new, as are all the roles within it—whether as an Associate, Officer, Manager or as the Director, every member of the committee will be helping EPAfrica learn the best ways to fundraise and embed a culture of fundraising across the organisation. The Director in particular will be an engine of change and development, supporting other volunteers to become strong fundraisers and testing ways to improve the Committee and its work.

Identifying and bidding for grants

Securing grant funding is critical to our ability to grow and develop our programme and impact.

Donor Relationships and Reporting

We want to give our donors visability of how we are spending their funds, and the impact they are having.

Supporting Volunteer Fundraising

Our voluneers raised over £130,000 in 2016-17. This huge acheievement was a big challenge - but is critical to our impact in schools.

An opportunity for personal development

The Fundraising Committee is a space to prove and grow your skills. Whether it's event planning, social media campaigns, writing detailed applications to a grant-making body, or just being incredibly helpful and proactive to support PWs in their fundraising toward their individual targets, members of the Fundraising Committee can develop and demonstrate their skills toward future jobs. Fundraising roles are a significant percentage of third-sector vacancies, but these skills would be just as useful to someone interested in consultancy, PR, marketing, or other careers. And most of all - without the Fundraising Committee, EPAfrica couldn't exist in its current form.

Fundraising Roles

The Fundraising Committee will meet (virtually) as a group once a month and is chaired by the Director of Fundraising, who sits on the Board of Directors. The committee consists of Managers, Officers and Associates and will include members of the University Societies who have responsibilities for fundraising. Managers and Officers have a defined portfolio of responsibilities that they lead and coordinate. These roles are a great opportunity to make an impact on a defined area. Associates responsibilies are more fluid, and they volunteer flexibily on specific project throughout the year.

Director of Fundraising

The Director of Fundraising leads all Fundraising activity throughout EPAfrica and is a member of the Board of Directors.

WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING FOR A DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING.

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Join the Fundraising Committee

JOIN THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Become a fundraising associate

In addition to the roles defined above you can also join the Fundraising Committee's 'Pool' as a Fundraising Associate. As an Associate, you will volunteer flexibly throughout the year, committing to a variety of activities in the short-term on an ad-hoc basis. Associates attend monthly committee meetings, and volunteer for specific task as their availability allows. This model enables the Fundraising Committee to deploy volunteers responsively to grab opportunities and quickly address any emerging issues or risks.

The Committee will delegate self-contained projects to the pool, such as a grant application, but you will also find yourself supporting Managers and Officers at key points in the year when the delivery of their responsibilities require all hands on deck - for example during crowdfunding campaigns. Lastly, sometimes more heads on a problem means a better result and each Committee has a number of sub-working groups addressing those more complex area, which you can also join.

If you join the fundraising pool as a Fundraising Associate you could be working on....

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Promoting and mobalising support for our Christmas and central pots crowdfunding campaigns

Preparing Grant Applications

Using your writting and programme design skills to support the preparation of a specifiic grant applications.

Supporting volunteer fundraising

Preparing support and guidance for Project Workers, Summer Team and other volunteers who want to fundraise for EPAfrica.

Fundraising Events

Organising fundraising events such as black-tie parties, (half) marathons, Tough Mudders, skydives alumni dinners and the annual BBQ

Donor reports

Using copywriting, analytics and design skills to help prepare report for donors, ranging from the annual report to more technical grant reports.

RAG Campaigns

Supporting our partnership with Oxford RAG, and building relationships with other RAG societies.