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So you want to work for a charity? Do you go for a large or small charity?

Diana Edmunds, Corporate Fundraiser at Tommy’s shares her career story and considers the options of working for a large charity versus a smaller one.

Diana Edmunds

I have spent the majority of my charity career so far working for large charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, the NSPCC and Cancer Research UK.  I am now working for Tommy’s – the smallest organisation I have ever worked for, with 20 fulltime staff.  It has been a bit of a culture shock when you’re used to having ample resource at your fingertips.  To give you an example, the Corporate Partnerships team when I was at Macmillan Cancer Support was pretty much the size of the whole of Tommy’s!

Working in a large charity comes with its advantages, I was part of a large team of Corporate Account Managers which I could easily share and bounce ideas off and we had a products team that put together fantastic, innovative fundraising materials for us.  However, along with the advantages came frustrations, including having to plan everything way in advance which resulted in a certain lack of spontaneity.

Whereas in larger charities I would brief in a design project to a different team, since being at Tommy’s I have honed my skills on Quark, a design application, and been designing my own fundraising materials.  This has certainly let me tap into my creative side!  Not only has this given me creative scope to design my own materials, I have also tried my hand at video making – we love a video as a fun way to communicate at Tommy’s!  A great example of how quickly you can make creative ideas fly is following a Friday afternoon brainstorm for promoting an exciting new triathlon event – tri for life – we came up with a new video concept.  We had storyboarded it by the end of the day, by Monday we were filming and by Tuesday we were pulling the video together on Adobe!

I love this side of working for a small charity and have been impressed that none of the professionalism has been lost at Tommy’s by working in this way and allowing people the space to be creative and put into action their ideas.

If you’d like to try a tri and help save tiny lives by taking on tri for life – support Tommy’s at Bedfordshire’s beautiful Woburn Abbey on Sunday 8thSeptember and visit www.tommys.org/triforlife to sign up!

You can find out more about Tommy’s at www.tommys.org/triforlifeTommy’s is a charity that exists to save babies’ lives as sadly, one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth.  We fund medical research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy.  Through our work, we aim to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.

This blog is brought to you by the I Am Group.  We work with charities to provide networking and learning events and help charities and not-for-profit organisations recruit the best staff.  You can find out more about us at www.iamenterprises.co.uk and to join our monthly networking events visit www.monthlycharitynetworking.eventbrite.co.uk.  

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