Something to Celebrate

Monday, June 1st, 2020

It feels almost silly to be doing this given what’s going on in the world. But for the sake of our amazing team I think it’s only right to put this up here and mark the occasion. Especially as we managed to win it in a year when there wasn’t a big party where we could all get a bit giddy and silly.

Thank you so much to all Openeers past and present and to all our brilliant clients and partners. We are very, very proud.

 


Laughter, tears, and a whole lot of celebration

Monday, April 27th, 2020

On Tuesday, a group of over 600 fundraisers joined together to celebrate fundraising and share in the love for the sector, for our first ever virtual I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT) with SOFII. There were some tears, a load of support, a ton of clapping emojis, and even the appearance of goats…

This year’s IWITOT felt even more special than the previous years, as it was held at a time when the charity sector feels very uncertain amidst a crisis that is forcing us all to be apart. That didn’t stop fundraisers from all over the globe getting involved to listen to speakers pitch their favourite fundraising campaigns in a bid to win the IWITOT 2020 title. And what a range of incredible campaigns they were… from Moses and the Tabernacle, to Queer Proms beating bigots; corporate partnerships bringing tears and changing lives; a Blue Peter totaliser childhood memory; goats as attendees at your company Zoom meetings; and a host of other inspiring and interesting fundraising examples. 

With every new speaker that took the virtual stage came an inspiring campaign and a unique take on why it deserved to be crowned the winner. The great talks kept coming, and in what seemed like only a few minutes, all 17 speakers had put on a great show. It was hard to know who was going to win, so we left everyone to cast their votes and waited to see the result. It was a close call, but the winner is:

 

Megan Townshend with her talk on the Choose Love Christmas pop up store!

 

We managed to raise over £15,000 for SOFII so they can keep doing great work for the sector, and are so grateful to everyone who came and joined us, and to all the incredible speakers who took part. A special thanks definitely goes to our 2 fabulous hosts Camille (last year’s IWITOT winner) and Joe (representing SOFII) – who kept things going and even managed outfit changes – it was just like the Oscars! 

As with every year, we’re so happy and proud of IWITOT and all it does, and that it brings everyone together to celebrate success. It is so uplifting, and we’re pretty sure that the virtual part is here to stay – hopefully alongside the live event returning soon! 

 

If you missed IWITOT, you can still catch up and watch the whole show here: https://sofii.org/iwitot/i-wish-id-thought-of-that-london-2020

Please note, you will no longer be able to vote. 


Celebrating fundraisers ‘together’

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

It’s that time of year when I Wish I’d Thought Of That (IWITOT) returns, to celebrate fundraising excellence and to pitch speakers against each other to present their views on the best fundraising campaigns. IWITOT celebrates all the great stuff out there that our colleagues have done, and supports the sector in continuing to grow and develop – both with ideas and with the much-needed funds it brings in.

And this year we decided to take it virtual, which, as it turns out, was the right decision! We were already excited to try this event on an online platform, as we knew it would bring together a global audience, giving even more perspectives in one ‘room’ and spreading the learnings of the sector much wider. It is the way forward. 

With the new coronavirus restrictions in place, coming together online is now even more important. We need these stories of great fundraising more than ever, and time to celebrate and take stock of the amazing work the sector does. And we can draw inspiration, give ourselves some relief and joy, and remind us all why we work in fundraising. It will also allow us all to feel connected and part of a huge community when we are siloed at home. 

Plus, virtual events in this format stops you being restricted by specific timings – if you’re a bit late, just join when you’re ready and no one will be turning round to see the late comers enter! Or, if something comes up and you can’t attend that day, you will receive a recording to watch back later. Of course, it’s not quite the same as being there in the moment, but it’s a good second option. 

Our hope for the virtual IWITOT remains the same as when we first set out to do it – to bring together fundraisers from across the world to celebrate success and support the sector, and probably to have a few laughs along the way!

IWITOT is taking place on Tuesday 21 April. Join us and a host of fundraisers from across the globe – get your ticket now!