Leading Scottish fundraiser Bruce Tait is swapping his business suit for motorcycle leathers next month and taking fundraising training around the North of Scotland by bike.
The BTA Fundraising Essentials tour will see Bruce deliver a full day’s training in fundraising aimed specifically at charities north of Scotland’s Central Belt.
He’ll present eight sessions in communities where people would normally have to travel for training to places like Edinburgh or Glasgow.
He’ll be travelling for 10 days, biking over 800 miles, visiting four islands and speaking to dozens of charities based in rural areas.
Bruce says: “BTA have been working with many charities throughout Scotland this year and we often hear their frustration that the fundraising training offered is always in the central belt.
"By travelling by motorbike (and by ferry to the islands) I can cover a lot of ground quickly, making the course very inexpensive for the charities that come along.
"BTA are committed to supporting charities in all parts of Scotland and there aresome marvellous charities in Scotland’s rural areas and islands.
"I’m really looking forward to helping them raise more money at a time when fundraising is becoming increasingly competitive and you need to be at the top of your game!”
The training is aimed at people who have responsibility for fundraising at their organisations, including volunteers and trustees as well as staff who fund-raise.
Bruce will present three sessions each day covering fundraising planning, making the ask and applying to grantmakers. Starting off in Dundee on September the 3rd, Bruce will go on to Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree and Fort William.
Bruce has had a 28-year career in fundraising and is an award-winning former Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive of several Scottish charities as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising-
Bruce created BTA and it is now one of the biggest and most respected charity consultancies in the UK, with a particular emphasis on helping smaller charities develop their fundraising capacity.
The full list of dates for the tour is:
- 3rd September – Dundee – Discovery Point
- 4th September – Aberdeen - Inspire
- 5th September – Inverness – Eden Court
- 7th September – Kirkwall – St Magnus Centre
- 10th September – Ullapool – Macphail Centre
- 11th September – Stornoway – Caladh Inn
- 13th September – Portree – Aros Centre
- 14th September – Fort William – The Nevis Centre