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There’s no denying it. Sometimes fundraising can seem like an uphill struggle – a constant stream of budgets and applications. But it’s the outcome of this process that more than makes up for the effort. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you realise you are responsible for bringing in a pot of money that is essential for RSPB to carry out it’s vital work. You feel a real part of the change needed to save nature for us all.So, a bit about the role I play as a Project Fundraising Officer...Project Fundraising is all about raising money from sources such as the lottery, landfill trusts, charitable trusts and the business world. As a team, we usually raise ‘restricted income’, which means that we apply for money to fund a specific project. When we receive the money, it must be spent on what we have detailed in the application – it is ‘restricted’ to that project - and we have to provide reports to prove this to the funders.As with most of the jobs within such a large nature conservation charity, no two days are the same. I can be based in the office one day, putting together an application for a European funding stream, or out on one of our reserves another day, showing a funder exactly what their money has been spent on. The variety is invigorating and ensures that I always have plenty to keep me busy. One of the most exciting projects I have been working on since I started at RSPB in 2011 is a large multi-partner funding application that was submitted to a European funding source in March. RSPB is one of 14 organisations (from both the UK and France) that are working together on this project to protect marine and shoreline areas across the English Channel. The application took months to put together – each organisation having to detail what work they would carry out and provide detailed budgets of the money they needed. It was hard work and there were lots of challenges along the way but the outcome was fantastic.We found out in June that the application had been successful.For RSPB that means that we have vital money to help the populations of little terns (pictured below) at RSPB’s Langstone Harbour Reserve. It also means we can work together with a wide range of organisations to protect the channel region and ensure future generations have a world richer in nature and wildlife.As well as working alongside such fantastic colleagues, celebrating success is definitely a high point of being a Project Fundraising Officer and I’m lucky to work in a team where we have lots of opportunities to celebrate!
Little tern, by Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)