How I encourage philanthropy at Saint Francis Hospice
Lauren Josman works in the Major Gifts Team to encourage large donations that help many families
I really enjoy working in the Major Gifts Team. My role is about building relationships with donors, finding out what they are interested in and encouraging them to support the Hospice.
The particular area of fundraising I work across is called Philanthropy. In a nutshell this describes people who make generous donations to help their community and good causes. I always think of this as the ‘game changer’ of fundraising because a large donation can help so many patients and their families.
My role is bringing people together, forming a partnership between those who are philanthropic and want to contribute to their communities. Receiving a donation is usually the result of many months or years of getting to know people. I research and write ‘Cases for Support’ which give an in-depth look at specific areas highlighting the need for funding e.g. for a Nurse or Child Bereavement Counselling. These reports show the positive impact of a donation and how they could directly help patients. Philanthropy is all about the long game but can have wonderful outcomes for the Hospice!
With this in mind, I created the ‘Patrons Circle’. This is a philanthropic group in which members make an annual donation and are invited to exclusive lunches and other events hosted by our Hospice Patrons such as Richard Madeley. Now in our 3rd year, this small but mighty group has raised over £200,000. Each person is different - so everything I do is bespoke and tailored to suit them. During the pandemic I’ve had to be creative in thinking of different ways of staying in touch and encouraging support.
I also organise the annual Ladies Lunches at Hylands House which are great fundraising and networking opportunities. With so many restrictions over the last few months, many ladies who normally attend our lunches, have hosted their own afternoon cream teas, for the Hospice. These have been lovely social occasions to meet up with friends and fundraise.
As restrictions lift and we move into the new normal, I look forward to seeing our donors to thank them for their amazing ongoing support. It’s been lovely to see, over these challenging times, so many generous people wanting to support their local Hospice.
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If you would like to find out more about supporting Saint Francis Hospice through philanthropy, please do contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 01708 753319 ext. 2376. It would be lovely to hear from you.