A Strange Year...
Writing a reflective, end-of-year blog post for 2020 is… a complex task. It is impossible to overlook the profoundly challenging year it has been for us all; the knock-on effects for the not-for-profit sector will undoubtedly be felt for years to come. However, we want to end the year by shining a light on some of the work that has most inspired us this year.
As ever, we have been in awe of the resolve, empathy and ingenuity our clients and partners have shown – in the face of monumental adversity – to ensure they can be there to support the people and communities they serve. This is what I want to focus on. Here are just a few of the myriad examples of our clients doing unbelievable work in unfathomably difficult circumstances. Click on the images to read more.
Raising the game...
I am, of course, incredibly proud of the Oaks team for their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to supporting our clients. These clients are the reason we exist, and it is a genuine privilege to play our small part in supporting their work: something which we have never felt so keenly as we have this year.
The team also continued to support for our charity partner Noah's Star. Based on a staff vote at the beginning of the year we decided to support the amazing organisation for a second consecutive year. The team went on to arrange a successful Quiz Night with local organisations (pre-lockdown!), write bids for them, and donate Christmas gifts for their volunteers. Jess in our team even raised over £2,500 in the second lockdown alongside her Edgbaston Hockey teammates, by racking up 2517 km in walks and runs, equalling the length and width of the UK!
And looking ahead to 2021…
I am delighted that Oaks will power an exciting new digital learning and networking platform called Fundraisrs. This free digital community is for fundraisers, of any experience and sector, to access a wealth of advice and support. It will be a place come together and share learning and experiences. I hope to see you (virtually) there!
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Lastly, I want to thank our clients and partners. Your trust and partnership have meant more to us this year than you could ever imagine. Here’s to a successful, and more hopeful, 2021.