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5.1 Learning from the fundraising process

As you heard earlier, when Anna was talking about the organ fundraising project, the people involved often learn a lot from the process. In the next activity, you will hear Patrina Law reflecting on her experiences as a fundraising volunteer.

Activity 7 Reflecting on the fundraising process

Timing: Allow approximately 5 minutes

In this video, Patrina Law reflects on the process of getting involved with the restoration of a village hall.

Write notes on the following questions:

  1. Why did Patrina get involved with fundraising?
  2. What did she learn from the process?
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  1. Patrina didn’t set out to volunteer or fundraise – she got involved because she used the hall as a dance teacher and wanted to help save the building.
  2. Patrina says that her work skills came in useful, and she learned to be patient when filling out forms and thick-skinned when they had knock-backs. She says that she and the committee grew in confidence in applying for more grants after one success.

    Patrina learned to involve more people and to communicate with the local community about the threat to the building. She also says that she is still learning from others on the committee. Overall, their fundraising has been a success because they have saved the building, restored it and enabled it to function profitably.