The Green Party doesn't have billionaire donors, we don't take dirty money from big businesses, and we're not in the pockets of media barons. So how can we raise the funds we need (given that's what the other political parties seem to do)? How can we be ethical and successful in securing money?
US Democrat Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, has just raised a record breaking amount towards his campaign in "small donations from regular people".
He's said: "I don't believe that the men and women who defended American democracy fought to create a situation where billionaires own the political process". You can hear a discussion about the success of that approach on the US discussion programme "Making Dollars and Sense".
Following on from research we carried out with members and local party co-ordinators, we've gathered some top notch fundraising experts to help local parties build their resources, get new ideas to raise funds and learn what's ethical and legal. This is a specialist session for people who want to raise funds for the local party, support wider efforts (like when we need to raise funds to secure our Green MEPs) and understand how local parties can work with the national office to raise funds. If you want to get ahead with fundraising you can book here.
Halita Obineche, the Green Party's national fundraiser, has managed income generation for a variety charities and NGOs, most recently as Head of Fundraising for international architectural aid charity, Article 25. She has created and implemented fundraising strategies for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; media and communications charity, Media Trust; and St Joseph’s Hospice. A qualified lawyer, with a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Cultural Politics, she is seeking to diversify the Green Party’s income streams, drawing on her experience of utilising supporter networks and creating award-winning partnerships with ethical companies.
Kathy Roddy: Kathy Roddy has been involved in fundraising for over 20 years, first as Executive Director of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (now Cruelty Free International). For the past 16 years she has been a freelance fundraising trainer and consultant working with a range of clients, including Compassion in World Farming, the Vegetarian Society, the Environmental Investigation Agency and numerous other charities and organisations. She holds the Certificate in Fundraising Management and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. She is currently an expert speaker on fundraising regulation for the Directory of Social Change
Nigel Scott: runs Mastering Charity Management. For 10 years he ran Postgraduate Courses in Charity Management, Finance and Fundraising at London South Bank University. His main focus is Charity Finance. He helped to design the University's Fundraising offer and oversaw theses in the area.
The day will be facilitated by Vicki Elcoate and Emma Leigh and includes a session on learning from each other, where participants will share their good ideas and less successful ones!
The fee to attend the four hour session is £10 per local party.
We're encouraging local parties to cover this cost as training should benefit every local party (so please ask them to book for you or, with prior agreement, book and pay yourself and reclaim the fee). If your local party has difficulty paying these costs, you can pay for yourself or get in touch and we will see what we can do. Likewise, if you have difficulty funding your travel costs, please ask your local party and if this is not possible, get in touch, and we will do our best to support you in some way as it isn't our intention that anyone is prevented from attending by virtue of cost.
London WC1E 7HX
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