Jonathan Levy

Senior Business Development and Fundraising Manager

Lottery Promotion Services

1. Why did you decide you wanted to be on the Board?

I’ve always been ambitious but when I read that the IoF was to particularly focus on improving the equality, diversity and inclusion of the fundraising workforce, I suddenly felt that I could have a greater voice and a greater say because - as a disabled person myself - I’ve often felt that I’ve had to work harder than most to get ahead, or even get a job in the first place. 

I specialise in face-to-face fundraising and it frustrates me that this form of fundraising can be deemed very separate. There is an inaccurate perception that it isn’t a career but rather something people do until they find something better. I’m determined to do all I can to bang the drum for face-to-face fundraising and align it more with other income streams.

As a member of the board, I bring the perspective of a disabled fundraiser who started their career as a fundraising apprentice with a small charity, before moving into face-to-face fundraising, as well as serving as a young trustee of a charity called the Dyspraxia Foundation.

My background perhaps isn’t the most typical but I’m immensely proud to be a fundraiser and have sought to champion the profession from a very early stage in my career. 

2. What are you going to bring to the Board?  

Prior to joining the board, I served as a Fundraising Convention volunteer for five years, so I have already made some contribution to previous events and gained valuable insight into how it is run and the challenges that it faces.

Now, serving on the board I feel that although progress is being made, and I welcome the introduction of bursaries, there is so much more that can be done to encourage attendance from those working for small charities. As someone who previously worked as a sole fundraiser and currently serves as a trustee of a small disability charity, I feel that I’m well placed to help with this.

 I’m very passionate about diversity and that also applies to the mix of fundraisers in attendance at Fundraising Convention. I first attended as a fundraising apprentice and now as a specialist in the face-to-face fundraising world. I’m keen to encourage a larger number of face-to-face fundraisers to attend too, as from my experience very few do. It’s often said that working as a sole fundraiser can be a lonely experience and that can be the case for face-to-face fundraisers too, so I’m already spreading the word and encouraging others to attend.  

3. What are you looking forward to about this year’s Fundraising Convention?

Personal and professional development is very important to me, so I relish any opportunity to learn and network with peers. Each year at Fundraising Convention I feel fortunate to be around so many fantastically talented and committed people and to now play my part as a board member is a great privilege.

I’m also hoping that the increased diversity (programme, delegates and speakers) will make it an even better experience for everyone.