Edward Sharman recently joined the RAF Benevolent Fund as our new Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive. In this guest blog, Edward tells us more about his role and what have been the highlights so far.
At the RAF Benevolent Fund I look after all aspects of our corporate fundraising relationships. This can take a number of forms from account managing relationships with certain clients to advising our regional directors and fundraisers on corporate fundraising strategies and legalities.
Essentially I am the main conduit for all of our corporate relationships.
These relationships can range from on pack promotions and cause related marketing to employee fundraising and corporate challenge events.
I've always worked in fundraising since I left university with an LLB Law degree and it's an area of work that I really enjoy. I have been lucky enough to have worked for a number of wonderful organisations and with some fantastic corporate partners.
A number of the partnerships I have worked on have involved me being based at the partner’s offices anywhere between two to five days a week. This has given me a fantastic insight into how corporate partners think and what they look for in a charity relationship.
Since joining the Fund seven weeks ago, things have been very busy but it's all been incredibly rewarding.
Although the Fund has had some excellent corporate partners over the years this is the first time they’ve had someone dedicated to looking after them. This was what originally attracted me to the role as it was a real chance to grow income through an area with real potential.
On top of the strategy and partnership planning work that I picked up when I joined, I also got to know some of our partners and how we work with them.
I've really enjoyed getting to know the work that the RAF Benevolent Fund does and more importantly meeting some of the people we have helped. One highlight was when I attended the Bravos Awards at RAF Brize Norton where I was lucky enough to hear about the true heroes of the RAF and some of the selfless work that they do.
By Edward Sharman