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Virtual Fundraising Festival – Introduction to Community and Events Fundraising

This is a session for those who want a beginner’s guide to events and community fundraising, providing an overview of these two streams of fundraising and how they go hand in hand.

This session will not focus on how to plan an event and the practicalities of events planning per se but will look at what is involved in events and community fundraising, how to make use of your volunteers, and how to approach this type of fundraising in a strategic manner.

This session, the last in our Fundraising Festival, offers answers to all the above and provides useful links to other resources.

What you will take away from this event

During the session you will:

  • Learn what community fundraising is and how it goes hand in hand with events fundraising
  • Walk away with some top tips for running a community event
  • Discuss how Covid-19 has changed the face of Community & Events Fundraising

These sessions are for:

  • Trustees
  • Charity leaders, Heads or Directors of Fundraising
  • Fundraisers

Who should attend?

All Buckinghamshire-based not-for-profit groups, such as voluntary and community groups, charities, constituted groups, Community Interest Companies, and other types of social enterprise, are invited to attend.

Please note that places are limited and that priority will be given to charities and not-for-profit organisations with income under £100,000.

Next steps

If your organisation serves Buckinghamshire and you would like to join this Introduction to Community and Events Fundraising session, you can book your place using the link below:

This workshop is the last in a series of four interactive sessions. For details of the other sessions, including how to book, click on the following link:

For any questions about this event please contact 0300 1111 250 or

Further funding resources can be found on our dedicated funding support for groups page, or book a free support session with one of our VCSE officers.


Leah Lewis – Introduction to Community and Events Fundraising

Leah has over 8 years of experience working in the third sector and specialises in supporting Community Fundraising income streams for small and local charities. Leah has spent recent years working closely with local businesses, organisations, community groups and schools to develop community fundraising relationships and income, providing her with a wealth of knowledge in these areas

Leah Lewis has recently started a new role with Heart UK, as Fundraising Manager responsible for Sporting Challenges and Individual Giving campaigns. Prior to this, during the pandemic, she was furloughed like most fundraisers and, set up a Facebook group to support fundraisers who were dealing with the challenges of fundraising in lockdown, the group “Community Fundraisers Network” now has over 1,300 members. From here she made the leap into freelancing and in September 2020 launched Civitas Consultancy, where her aim was to provide solutions to enable charities to build key relationships and increase their public presence and raise funds in their community!

Leah was awarded Highly Commended Fundraiser of the year in the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Chilterns Fundraising Awards 2020.

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