My role as Fundraising Coordinator
My role is to support the Fundraising Manager throughout the campaign period. This consists of ensuring the campaign runs successfully through collecting marketing materials such as campaign photos and short videos of the different projects, as well as working with the Marketing Coordinators at Otra Cosa Network on social media posts. I also ensure that our fundraising team have the resources they need to approach ex-volunteers of OCN.
I started volunteering with Otra Cosa Network on August 8th 2017. As soon as I arrived in Huanchaco, I was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful beach and the friendly people.
#HelpOCN2017 – raising core funds
My key project was the #HelpOCN2017 campaign which launched on 19th October. This campaign involves contacting ex-volunteers and friends of Otra Cosa Network from all around the world to put on events, to help us raise core funds.
Food, drinks and music: the launch party
On Wednesday (18th) we had our Launch party. It was a lot of fun as it was a time where we could bring some members of the community and our volunteers together to have a dance and a drink (or two). This launch party was on the seafront at one of the most popular bars in the area. As we in Huanchaco are entering into summer soon, the music choice consisted of some classic beach tunes along with Latin salsa, so our volunteers could show off their impressive salsa moves. The party raised almost 400 soles and was a big success.
Past volunteers: at the heart of #HelpOCN2017
Although previously having experience in Fundraising, I had never worked on an international campaign like this before. We have volunteers from all around the world coming to Huanchaco to volunteer with us, with this they bring new ideas and philosophies. To ensure that us in Huanchaco still benefit from these marvellous personalities, it is important that once leaving Huanchaco these volunteers are still affiliated with the organisation. By incorporating these volunteers into the #HelpOCN2017 campaign, it allows us to utilize their valuable ideas and then hear about their fabulous events they organise.
Unfortunately I will be leaving Huanchaco before the end of the campaign (mid-December), but I am still delighted that I get to be involved with the campaign via the online HelpOCN fundraising team. As a team we Skype throughout the campaign period in which we discuss: marketing tools; how the event organisers are progressing and how close we are to our £3,000 target!
How you can #HelpOCN2017
Although the campaign launched last Thursday (19th) we are still are looking for friends of Otra Cosa Network to organise their own event for #HelpOCN2017. If you are interested in organising an event, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have time to organise an event, you can follow our progress on the Otra Cosa Network facebook page and perhaps donate.
Take the leap!
Overall it’s been a challenging yet incredibly valuable experience. Although my role at OCN is within the fundraising team, working in the office environment you are surrounded by different opportunities to develop other skills and learn from your colleagues.
I have learned about the different roles of a fundraiser in a charity and I have been given the opportunity to experience each one.
And finally, do not let the language barrier deter you, there are great Spanish teachers here and OCN gives you the support you need!
This blog was written by Ellie Jennings.