Why we give (a-thon)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Here at Open, we have a little tradition – once a year we each give £1,000 to the charity or charities of our choice. Then we gather together for an afternoon of sharing, storytelling, laughing and (a little bit of) crying.

The Give-a-thon is something we all look forward to and are so grateful to be able to take part in. It’s the only chance many of us get to give such a big gift to a cause we care about and it feels very, very special.

But for a lot of us, the best part is getting to hear why our colleagues give.

Some give in memory, others in protest. We give to our own communities and to communities on the other side of the world. We give to say thank you, to feel good, to honour our beliefs, to achieve our goals and sometimes just to make each other smile.

The Give-a-thon is a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do, why we care and, most importantly, the many reasons our client’s supporters care, too.

You can see who everyone at Open gave their gift to on the @LifeAtOpen twitter account, and see some of the action on our Instagram too.

Do you want to give away £1,000 to an amazing cause you care about? Come join team Open, and be ready for Give-a-thon 2020! Head over to the Working at Open page and apply today.


Open walks the runway at Boutique by Shelter

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Earlier this year, Shelter approached us with a really unique question – they had a stunning retail space in Coal Drops Yard, in Kings Cross London, but how can they activate the footfall in the area?

Nestled among other retail stores, Google’s campus and Central Saint Martin’s design school, the Boutique by Shelter had loads of potential, and we wanted to help bring to life.

Called Boutique by Shelter at Coal Drops Yard, it’s a charity shop like no other, with a highly desirable location, very fashionable neighbours and hundreds of potential customers visiting every day.

We got straight to work, and came up with some amazing ideas that we donated to Shelter, to help them make the most of their beautiful boutique space.

We put our creative heads together to help Shelter make the most of this incredible opportunity. We held two after-hours sessions for the team to come together and brainstorm ideas that we believed would help Shelter make this shop a success and, most importantly, help change even more lives for the better.

We put our creative heads together in two after-hours sessions, to come up with some exciting ideas.

But we didn’t stop there – we also explored how to give shoppers even more ways to support rough sleepers, by suggesting the team introduce Mobilise Checkout donation points throughout the store. These QR codes and NFC points let shoppers quickly and easily give and give again.

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Open’s Client Services Director Lou Lai and Project Manager Phil Haley hit the runway to model some of the unique Boutique by Shelter looks.

Kings Cross Autotrader got involved, using an in-store rack to collect high-end donations for Boutique by Shetler.

This is just one of the many amazing projects we’ve worked on recently, and we’re so proud to support causes like Boutique by Shelter.

Are you looking for a role where you can get involved with amazing projects like this? Head to our Working at Open page and apply today!


Open’s Best Bits – IOF Fundraising Convention 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

That’s a wrap! It was a big three days for Open, with our team on the ground at the Barbican in London for the Institute of Fundraising’s Convention 2019 last week.

We had a record number of speakers, with Brian Searle, Lucy Edwards, Lou Lai and James Dawe taking to the stage to speak on fundraising tech, what we’ve learned from benchmarking, how to do a rapid delivery and the amazing potential in global propositions.

Lou Lai and James Dawe both wowed the Barbican Hall with their amazing speaker sessions.

We even squeezed in a mini-I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT), with 8 special speakers vying for a prize bottle of Moet and a coveted place in the IWITOT winner’s hall of fame. The hilarious Chloe Green took out first place for her celebration of an LGBTQ+ campaign in Australia by Minus18. Check out the @LifeAtOpen Instagram Moments for all the coverage!

Chloe Green took out first place, and our talented speakers entertained, educated and inspired.

And we brought day three to a close with Josh Leigh compèring a flash Pizza For Losers with Nikki Bell, with four fantastic failures sharing some personal stories about things that went wrong for them, and what we can all learn.

Head over to the @LifeAtOpen on Twitter and Instagram for full coverage of our speakers, out favourite talks and everything else we got up to at IoFFC this year!

While you’re here – if you’re looking for a new challenge and a way to do good every single day, then head over to the Working at Open page and apply today!