We’ve pulled together a list of platforms, meetups and networks that you should know about that will help you in your day to day work.
Third Sector PR and Communications Network
As an extremely active closed Facebook group, Third Sector PR and Communications Network allows charity staff and freelancers alike to bounce ideas of each other, ask for recommendations, advertise jobs and events, and generate conversation around charity news and insights. There are also often great resources on offer from frameworks, to event space directories and more. This is an invaluable resource for the sector.
This closed Facebook group is a simple way of getting any of your fundraising questions answered. Anyone working in fundraising is welcome to join Fundraising Chat to share best practice, views and generate debate and conversation around fundraising issues and challenges.
CharityConnect is a relatively new but quickly growing professional network for the charity sector. The platform encourages members to connect with each other, debate ideas and share their work through joining groups around everything from fundraising, to marketing and pr, to trustees and job opportunities.
The e-campaigning forum from FairSay is a global email forum that connects over 3,600 members to share insights, articles, events and jobs from people using digital media to campaign. It’s a great way to keep up to date with international advances in digital media and charity campaigning and with such a big forum there’s always someone on-hand to help troubleshoot your problem.
This international non-profit network is space for connecting, learning and sharing. Mission Box has a great archive of research and articles on leadership, fundraising, technology and more, and if you can’t find what you need they offer to find it for you – free of charge. People can also share top tips, thought-pieces and stories of success on the sharing page.
NFP Tweet Up
We love these energetic events that are built around the needs of the sector calling out to charity and NFP staff to suggest topics for the agenda. NFP Tweet Up is a meet up for charities by charities with attendees volunteering to run varied sessions exploring how you can make the most of digital media and technology in your organisation. Set up by Rachel Beer these are must attend events for charity staff.
Evening networking events mean you’re not cutting time out of your often busy days at work. These informal get-togethers led by our friend Dawn Newton, make networking easy encouraging individuals to connect through activities and games with drinks and nibbles. They are themed around an topic with a wide range of speakers sharing interesting insights.
This unconference is for individuals who want to do social good with technology. Barcamp Non-Profits brings together anyone interested or involved in non-profit or technology work to come together to learn from each other, and to network. We love how the informal training day is curated by the participants with the speakers and topics taken from the floor. And you can’t forget about the obligoratory group photo at the end.
— Barcamp Nonprofits (@barcampnfp) November 17, 2016
Inspired by MoJoCon this MoJo group’s monthly free meet-ups bring together mobile journalism professionals from the BBC, the Sun and other media outlets to share their expertise with interested individuals from across the media and charity sectors. Each meet-up focuses on a different theme or topic with sessions on ideas and content, skills and exploring new and interesting mojo kit. They’re always quite informal and are a great way to meet new people. The next one is on Monday (27th Feb) on livestreaming with expert insights and a chance to get hands-on, find out more and RSVP here. We have been to a number of their events and have always learnt a great deal.
If you’re a small charity looking for training on a budget the following organisations offer accessible events and training with a focus on small organisations:
- Connect with the Small Charities Coalition
- Become a member of Charity Comms
- Take a look at The FSI and get involved in Small Charities Week
Anything you think is missing from the list? Let us know your go-to support networks for the charity sector!
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