New generation of fundraisers sought to join think tank’s Advisory Panel

For the first time, Rogare will be looking to recruit panel members from outside the UK and, as part of the collaboration with the Resource Alliance announced last month, the Resource Alliance will help Rogare identify potential candidates, particularly from the global South. We are also looking for new members from Europe and North America, as well supplementing our UK contingent.

Ian MacQuillin, Rogare’s director, says: “We are very keen to develop and promote a new generation of fundraising thought leaders whose voices are possibly not currently heard. We want to achieve a paradigm shift in the way fundraisers use theory and evidence to tackle the challenges confronting their profession. This is an exciting opportunity for fundraises with excellent critical thinking skills to be part of the movement that delivers this change.

“We’d intended to internationalise the think tank in 2016, but the level of interest from overseas and the support of the Resource Alliance has been such that we are able to do this a year ahead of schedule.”

Laura Boulton, conference and strategy director at the Resource Alliance, says: “No matter where people are in the world it’s important that we hear from them about the critical issues facing the sector. We’re passionate about having global voices in the room because as Rogare produces their findings, translating those learnings across the world will be key. We’re hoping that global voices will offer fresh perspectives on the topics we’re exploring and bring different ways of thinking to the group.”

The main role for advisory panel members is to disseminate Rogare’s research and other outputs to key audiences, including fundraising practitioners and other potential users of the research, and identify ways these outputs can be translated into professional practice.

Panel members will also help Rogare identify the subject areas we explore through than annual ‘scoping study’, and contribute new thinking and ideas to the Critical Fundraising blog.

To be eligible to join Rogare’s Advisory Panel, applicants must be fundraisers working for a charity or nonprofit organisation or sole fundraising consultants and Using ‘critical fundraising principles’, applicants will be asked to write a 500-word essay that describes what they think is the biggest challenges facing fundraising and what they would do to tackle it.

This will be assessed by a selection panel comprising: Ian MacQuillin; Amanda Shepard, the advisory panel’s co-ordinator; Laura Boulton, conference and strategy director of the Resource Alliance; and two other current members of the advisory panel yet to be appointed. The application process is now live and runs until 30 June 2015.

Application packs can be downloaded from: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/plymouth-business-school/rogare-advisory-panel

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