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Things to look forward to...

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Firstly, I’d like to thank those of you who reached out after the last newsletter, where I mentioned that I’d learned the hard way that 'if you don’t make time for your wellness, you’re forced to make time for your illness'.The flare-up of my stomach condition has gone now, and I’m writing to you from the airport pain-free. 

Whilst going through the three-hour boarding process that international flights take, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve been looking forward to recently and I wanted to share some joy. 

Obviously, I’m looking forward to my holiday! The charity I chair, Raising Futures Kenya, are holding an opening ceremony for a building we’ve been working on for years.We've been aiming to revamp our Seed of Hope Nairobi centre since 2016. We promised a donor that we'd use the money raised in their mum's memory to kickstart this. We've persevered to keep that promise through Covid and we’re finally at a stage where it’s happening! After years of fundraising and months of building... we've gone from a very basic building to a place I'd be proud to learn. I can’t wait for the ceremony on Friday.I know how much this new centre is going to mean to the students, to the family of the donor and, being honest, I know how much it'll mean to me. It's more than just bricks and mortar. 

I’m also looking forward to coming back and getting stuck in to projects that start in March. January and February have been full of project design. I’ve been working with a major name-brand charity to create their corporate partnerships sales model - not just who to go to, but how they tell their stories and what price points they put on their partnerships. When I get back we're going to be rolling that training out to their colleagues. 

I've also been working with an organisation to create a products and pricing service, so we can work out their corporate partnerships menu. We're deciding what it is they want to offer and roughly who they offer it to. In March, we're going to be looking at their negotiation tactics, what their ideal price points are and how they’re going to handle the objections in between.

Finally, the on-job training style of interim services that Fireside Fundraising offer is really coming into its own. The charity that we’re doing interim with has hired their new corporate partnerships manager. I can't wait to get them stuck into building new major partnerships from day 1. 

All of these things really excite me. If they excite you too, it’s worth saying that we're opening our books for the work that Fireside are doing for July onwards. If you’d like to look at your sales model, how you price your partnerships or who you’re pitching to, I'd love to hear from you. 

If you’re on this newsletter, I consider you a friend of Fireside. As such, we're offering you priority treatment - we're not announcing open books to the rest of the world for a good few weeks. 

And if THAT still doesn’t excite you, then I want to still stay true to our subject line of things to look forward to... and that is that spring officially starts in less than a month! In less than a months time, the sun will be out in the evenings, the flowers will start to bloom, and there’ll be cute little critters all over the world. I can’t wait for that either. 

If you’ve enjoyed this newsletter, and you want to see more of Fireside Fundraising, we’d love for you to follow us on LinkedIn, where I'll be continuing to share content that’s been scheduled whilst I’m away. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.

From, an albeit slightly different than usual, Fireside,


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