Passion Trust Conference 2021

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We are looking forward to the Passion Trust conference 2021 held again this year on Zoom!

Please join us for talks and chatrooms for discussions about all things related to Passion Plays, with a special focus on how to move forward creatively after lockdowns and restrictions that put a stop to plays over the last couple of years.

 

Key speaker:

Rachael Orrell is CEO of Saltmine Theatre Company, a Christian charity and theatre company with a mission for faith-motivated arts. Rachael produced the Birmingham Passion in 2019 and is working towards another Passion Play in Birmingham, as well as a Passion Play in Norwich in 2022. Prior to that, she completed a Masters in Applied Theology and Leadership and was part of the Spring Harvest leadership team for over ten years. Saltmine Trust Faith Motivated Arts

We will also hear from other trustees and key members of the Passion Trust who you will be familiar with from past conferences. Conferences – The Passion Trust

 

When?

The Passion Trust conference 2021 will be on Monday 18 October starting at 6pm with talks and break-out rooms until 8pm.

 

Where?

Zoom is still the place to be! The information for your calendar is below and you will get an email confirmation with sign-in details the week before the conference.

Topic: Passion Trust Conference 2021

Time: Oct 18, 2021 6 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87808656653?pwd=VmFueHdJOUU4ZnBnWWNuakhkcCtJUT09

 

Why?

With so many Passion Plays starting up again after two years of lockdown restrictions, we are looking forward to a wonderful Easter in 2022. This conference will inspire and equip and have a special focus on moving forward with confidence and creativity.

If you have any questions or ideas you would like to see covered please send them via return email. We would love to hear from you!

 

Is fundraising like online dating?

Online dating is trying to find the right match among many differnet people. Fundraising for Passion Plays is similar to online dating in one respect: trying to find the right match for your Play among different trusts and funding charities. Finding this perfect match is the key to raising funds to tell the Easter story!

Once you find trusts and funders who are of a similar mindset and value the things you value, you are well on the way to a perfect match.

 

How do we find potential funders?

The Charity Commission’s Register of Charities allows you to search for free by using filters to narrow your search. (Remember, Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate registers.)
Funding Central is another register that is free to access.
For a more expensive option, you can try the Directory of Social Change’s Funds Online website which is regularly updated.
Since Passion Plays bring many churches of all denominations together, your diocese can be a good source of information and signposting. For example, see the Diocese of Bristol and their list of funders here.  www.bristol.anglican.org/documents/diocesan-funding-guide/
The Christian Funders’ Forum is also a useful source.

 

How do we let funders know our project is a good match for them?

Now is the time to do some research and really think about compatibility with the funders you are researching.

You can research their online content, websites, and also Further information will be inread through their annual reports published on the Charity Commissions website (click ‘Documents’ tab). These annual reports will give useful imformation about projects they have previously funded.

A quick phone call can also be helpful in establishing contact and goodwill as you will be able to find out more about them and let them know what you do.

Remember here that one of the key elements is timing! Some funders have a set application process that requires you to apply before a deadline. Other funders have trustees’ meetings at set times during the year and those times are good to work with.

The timing of your project also matters. Some funders like to fund projects in the early stage of development, while others like to give funding when they see other funders have already contributed.

There is a lot to think about with fundraising! But Passion Plays are such unique projects that it can also be an enjoyable process. Many funders like to hear about large community arts events that tell the Easter story in fresh and inspiring ways. Not only do Passion Plays have large outdoor audiences across the UK each Easter, they are also unique spaces of community, skill-sharing, mentoring and investing in the lives of volunteers across all sections of society. They are more than a one-off performance and the impact spreads across the whole community for many months.

 

Where can I find more help with fundraising?

If you want more help with fundraising, we have plenty more tips and advice on our website here.

We have recorded sessions from previous Passion Trust Conferences including sessions looking at Finance & Fundraising, Administration and Practical Considerations, and Q&A sessions. You can see more information and watch short helpful videos on our website here.

You can also find lots of helpful tips and advice at The Benefact Trust here or click on the image below.

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