Fundraising happyness…

The Pursuit of Happyness is probably my favourite film. It is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. It speaks to me deeply on both a professional and personal level.

This moving tale inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher. When his girlfriend Linda walks out, Chris is left to raise Christopher on his own. Chris’ determination finally pays off when he lands an unpaid internship in a brutally competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut. But without a salary, Chris and his son are evicted from their apartment and are forced to sleep on the streets, in homeless shelters and even behind the locked doors of a metro station bathroom. With self-confidence and the love and trust of his son, Chris Gardner rises above his obstacles to become a Wall Street legend.

On a personal level I can relate to Chris’s determination for a better life for him and his son. I live a life in recovery from depression and anxiety – and know the importance of cultivating inner determination and drive. These traits have helped me to make positive choices, enabling me to embrace my whole being and helping me to use my experiences to improve the world around me.

On a professional level I have needed to continually believe in myself as a bid writer, which is easy when there are successes but harder when there are failures. I have experienced the power that the belief of work peers, family and friends which has helped enormously, enabling me to have the confidence in setting up and running my small business.

I’m Marsha, founder of Marsha Miles Consultancy (Ltd) and I know that life can be difficult and challenging. It can feel that taking one step forward means having to take three steps back and that sometimes the need is so great but the resource is so small.

The reason for this blog (I am told I must be snappy here or I will lose you forever) is to pursue not just funding but also happiness. This blog is designed for anyone who has an official, or unofficial fundraising role, who is paid or who is a volunteer and who wants to help change the world.

My promise to you is that my blogs will be HAPPY …

Highlight great ideas and innovations to add sparkle to your fundraising activities…

Answer questions about fundraising that you were too afraid to ask…

Provide a space where you can share your wonderful fundraising experiences and knowledge…

Pursue the funding by sharing leads and opportunities as soon as I hear about them…

Your favourite funding blog

Here are some initial blog topic’s which I am aiming to cover this year, I would love to hear from you with your ideas, please leave me a comment.

Data Protection and Information Consent – What is the current state of play?

Finance information for funders – what do they want to see?

Case for support – what should I be saying?

How much do I need to raise?

Funds from Parish & Town Councils – are there any?

Inspiration – how do I keep myself and my team motivated?

Outcomes and evaluation – what evidence do funders look for?

Thanks for reading

Warm wishes

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Marsha

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