Six years ago, at the launch of the Go Play fund, Parent Action For Safe Play (PASP) were elated to be successful in being awarded a fund that allowed us to provide play for plays sake and not hide it under another umbrella. This had an immediate impact on our organisation, not just in receiving the money for play, but the fund being administered by Inspiring Scotland and the support given by them and their Performance Advisors.
In addition to running the finance and accountancy recruitment firm iMultiply Resourcing,our guest blogger, Kirsty MacKenzie is also a Trustee of My Adventure which is a social enterprise and the trading arm of Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG) and Chair of one of Action for Children's commitees. Read about Kirsty's experience of balancing her work and trustee committments and the way her company, iMultiply, helps Inspiring Scotland's ventures.
Our guest blogger, Michael Willis is Head of Board Development at the Institute of Directors in Scotland. He is lead tutor on the course ‘The Role of the Non-executive Director' or NXD.
Inspiring Scotland and Michael have worked together on encouraging delegates on these courses to also think about becoming a trustee of a charity.
We know that it can be hard to recruit new trustees, especially when many charities operate within a pretty set geographical or sector boundary. Yet good trustees can bring so much value to a charity, often much more than they realise.
Louise Stevenson, Performance Advisor on our 14:19 Fund shares some of her thoughts on the importance and challenge of recruiting good trustees.
This week (19 - 25th October) is pro bono week. A week which celebrates the pro bono ethic across all professions and the positive difference this then makes to society.
Every year thousands of people around the world volunteer their professional expertise in marketing, legal services, HR, strategy and IT to support charities. Although more widely celebrated in the US, we think the level and impact of our pro bono supporters justifies us marking it too.
At the end of February in San Francisco, I attended the Second Global Pro Bono Summit which brought together around 150 people involved in providing pro bono
support to charities. The aim of the Summit was to foster new and deeper relationships among the Global Pro Bono Fellows and across other sectors and industries.
It was an international gathering, arranged by the Summit partners, the BMWFoundation and Taproot Foundation, with representation from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. I had the privilege of representing, Inspiring Scotland, and the UK, which was an invitation only, four day event.
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