Archive for tag: Inspiring Scotland Staff

Catherine Alexander

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After 35 years working in banking and financial services, six weeks into her role as a Performance Advisor,Inspiring Scotland's newest recruit, Catherine Alexander, provides a little insight into her new role, those valuable first impressions of Inspiring Scotland and the sector.

Recognising flexible working

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Celia Tennant, reflects on winning and being a finalist in two recent awards which recognise Inspiring Scotland's family friendly and flexible approach.   

For me, a flexible approach is the common sense approach and I am delighted that this was recognised by the Institute of Directors at their most recent Awards.  We successfully won the Director of the Year for Family Friendly and Flexible Working, sponsored by the Scottish Government and also at Scotland’s Top Employers Awards where we were a finalist. 

The serious business of play.


Earlier this month we welcomed seven new ventures to our Go2Play Portfolio, bringing the total charities we support to 30.  We’ve been funding play charities for over four years now and Go2Play Performance Advisor, Julia Abel explains  just why we invest in Play.

Marking five years of impact

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Five years into our journey of using venture philanthropy to tackle some of Scotland's toughest issues, Chief Executive Celia Tennant, reflects on what we've done and more importantly, what else we can do.  

Our response to social investment tax relief

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David Hardie, Head of Venture Philanthropy, welcomes the new social investment tax relief or SITR mentioned in the 2014 budget

The enormity of it all. Change is possible


Performance Advisor, Andrew Magowan, writes the first in a series of blogs 'Change is possible' about  Link Up, the asset based programme we've been piloting over the past three years.  Read the full blog here 

Chief Executive's Blog


In this Blog get to know Inspiring Scotland’s new Chief Executive, Celia Tennant and her plans for her new role.  Our first blog starts one month in.

An Unexpected Journey


For one of our staff members, Alastair Murray, he will always remember the 5th November, as the day he made the decision to move from banking to the voluntary sector.   Alastair’s reflection is the second in our blog series from Inspiring Scotland staff.

With the fireworks going off across Edinburgh to celebrate Guy Fawkes  night, it seemed like an appropriate time to review my journey into the charitable sector – not just because this is an explosive sector, but because two years ago I sat in my home listening to the fireworks and wondered what the heck I had just done.  I had chosen to get out of banking, where I had spent my 17 year career to date, to try and break into the charitable sector, and I was just beginning to worry it might all be a damp squib… 

At the risk of spoiling this cliff hanger, you have probably worked out that it did all end well.  However, putting this lack of suspense to one side, I thought it might be interesting to share my journey from banker to charity accountant.   Read more here

Inspiring Scotland on the Pros of Pro Bono

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Growing pro bono

Inspiring Scotland’s dedicated Pro Bono Executive, Jim Halley, has now been in post for a year and during this time has successfully grown the Inspiring Scotland pro bono programme. 

It just so happened that Jim’s anniversary coincided with National Pro Bono week, highlighting the successful pro bono work that happens around the world – so we thought we would join in the celebration.  In this blog Jim reflects on a year of pro bono at Inspiring Scotland. 

  Read the full blog here