At GRIN we’ve had the privilege of working with some remarkable organisations and inspirational individuals. One such organisation is the multi-award winning, leading dementia awareness charity Reminiscence Learning, through which we’ve met and worked closely with Fi Mahoney and Emma Green, two amazingly talented women (Emma has recently moved on to a Community Fundraiser position at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in the Blackdown Hills).
Reminiscence Learning’s patron is the television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter, Angela Rippon CBE, who actively promotes the charity and other good causes.
Having an active, high profile patron significantly enhances the profile and impact of Reminiscence Learning, enabling it, not least, to demonstrate its credibility and attract funding.
The Directory of Social Change has produced an excellent booklet – which is free to download – on patrons, written by fundraiser Eileen Hammond.
Although it’s a few years old, “Patrons, Presidents and Personalities – Working with High-level Volunteers“, published in 2013, remains a useful examination of the benefits of working with influential people, getting them to help raise funds, enthuse about the cause, and bring new supporters to an organisation.
The booklet covers:
o Patrons and presidents.
o Their roles within your organisation.
o Who would be good for you?
o How to identify and find your potential leaders.
o The approach.
o How do you manage them?
o Ongoing relationships.
“Patrons, Presidents and Personalities – Working with High-level Volunteers” can accessed for free at this LINK.