centred hosted a London LGBT Learning Network event on Tuesday 6 November at the Graeae Theatre Company in Hackney. The title of the event was ‘a passion for the work’, and it aimed to reconnect independent fundraising by LGBT organisers and activists to the passion, the mission, and the values of LGBT organisations. The questions behind the event were: is it ok to do anything that will bring money in to LGBT organisations, even things that may be in tension with the values and mission statements of organisations? How can we keep both a passion for equality and organisational values at the core of fundraising activities?
To explore some of these issues, diverse speakers presented on different aspects of and ideas for fundraising. Jay Stewart from Gendered Intelligence shared their experience of independent fundraising, particularly focusing on sales as a method of fundraising. Maria Sookias from Stonewall Housing touched on some of the questions and debates that arise when public sector funding is cut and organisations have to turn to other sources, including their communities, for funds.
The event also included a warm up exploring sign names by Barbara Flintham, who is a teacher of British Sign Language. Sign names are signs or gestures that symbolise and identify a particular person, used with their English name. Participants who already had sign names shared these with others and hearing participants thought about what their sign names could be.
More information about what happened at the event will soon be available on the networks page.
Photo by Mike Watson; centred Felt Event June 2012