Dorset charities and companies got together to talk business at a significant new event for the county’s not-for-profit organisations.
Trustees, chief executives and fund raisers from more than 40 charities were represented at the first Dorset Charities Conference, hosted at Bryanston School, Blandford.
It was staged by chartered accountants Ward Goodman, supported by WSX Enterprise and NatWest.
Ian Rodd of Ward Goodman said: “Bringing these different elements together created a real buzz as they started to discuss the potential of the possible benefits of working together.
“Tim Waldron, chair of trustees of YMCA England, and Mark Markiewicz, trustee at Love146, were excellent in presenting new ways of providing public benefit and interaction between charities and commercial business.”
“And Martin Edwards, chief executive of Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice, was inspirational in his closing speech.”
Christopher Beale of Poole Council for Voluntary Service, said: “Fresh thinking and new contacts are relevant for charities and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes. From the feedback, we feel that this should be an annual event.”
“Like businesses, charities need to be working as smartly as possible, and we are delighted to be involved in helping not-for-profit organisations.”Said Ian Girling of WSX Enterprise: “There is no doubt the tough climate is affecting the charities sector as well as the wider business community.
At the event Ward Goodman presented the wounded soldiers charity The Undentable Trust with £500 as their charity of the year. Contributions from commercial exhibitors also totalled £500, which was raffled among the charities taking part, and won by Poole CVS.
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