Meet Holly, Area Fundraiser
Holly began working at National Star in 2012 as an Events and Community Fundraiser. Since then she has progressed to the role of Area Fundraiser. Each day for Holly is different as she works with a wide range of supporters across a geographical area, assisting them with their fundraising activities. As an Area Fundraiser for National Star, Holly works with companies, community groups, individuals and schools engaging with Charity of the Year relationships, one off fundraisers, challenge events and community talks promoting the work of the charity.
What attracted you to National Star?
I wanted to work for a charity where I could see the difference my job made every day. It was also important to be geographically close to the cause and be able to work alongside those people for whom money was being raised.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
There are not enough hours in the day! I support so many fantastic organisations and individuals who are passionate about fundraising for National Star or who want to hear more about the charity, but there are always more opportunities to tell people about the brilliant work of National Star.
What are the key skills required for your role?
The most important skills in my role are communication and interpersonal skills. You have to be a people person. Every day I am speaking to such a wide range of stakeholders about the work of National Star through a variety of media; this could be face to face, by email, phone or social media, so adaptability is also key. Creativity and innovation are required to help our fundraisers to raise money in a fun, inspiring and unique way. Public speaking is also an important skill to have as I regularly present to community organisations at their group meetings.
How does your role make a difference at National Star?
Personally, supporting organisations and individuals in their fundraising for National Star ensures that the vital work of the charity can continue. Raising awareness of the charity is extremely important to ensure that we have a supporter base across Gloucestershire and the UK that will help to ensure that National Star can continue to give people with disabilities the support, skills and opportunities they need, now and in the future.
What training and development have you received?
I have been impressed with the mandatory training offered at National Star. Externally, I am encouraged to progress my personal development through the Institute of Fundraising, including taking courses, shadowing and attending role specific training days. There has also been team specific training around fundraising techniques and skills.
What would you say to someone thinking of applying to National Star?
If you want to work at a place where you can see the difference you make every day in an extremely high quality organisation, and are looking for a dedicated and committed team to support you, then National Star is the place for you. It is not just a work place, but a community as well!