Welcome to our April blog and I am delighted to be welcoming our newest member to the MMC team, Liz Tozer.  If Liz looks like a familiar face it may be that you have met her as part of her community development role for the Monks Yard Trust. For those who don’t know her yet, let me introduce you…

Liz Tozer Marsha Miles ConsultancyLiz and her family moved to sunny Somerset back in 2008. She lives with her husband and 2 teenage children in a village just outside Ilminster and having spent the past 15 years serving in the charitable sector, is committed to making a difference in her community.  With prior experience gained in commercial roles supporting the principles of Legal and Accounting practises and four years within the Support Services department for Social Services, she has a good understanding of life on both ‘sides of the fence’.  In each of these roles, she coordinated and led on numerous projects, supported teams through change and the implementation of new developments along with hosting events, fundraisers and promotions to enhance and improve the efficiency and success of those organisations. Add to that, excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, social media and website experience, a proven ability to fundraise along with knowledge of community development and local networks, mean that Liz will be a great asset both to the MMC team and to our clients.

Foundations for Funding

The other exciting thing that happened recently was our Foundations for Funding event held at the stunning Deer Park Hotel near Honiton.  It was a glorious spring day which added seamlessly to our mission to give all those attending a bit of time to breathe, to reflect, to equip and be treated.  Many of our team, having previously served on the front line within charitable organisations, know first-hand just how stressful it can be at times, how wanting and needing to be that difference for those you impact can drive you almost to the point of exhaustion.  So it was particularly heart-warming to see guests relaxing in the space, networking, sharing experiences, common challenges, new ideas, offering encouragement and enjoying a truly scrumptious afternoon tea.

As well as wanting to treat our guests and give them some time out, we also wanted to provide them with some relevant and timely information to take away.  We were delighted to have guest speakers Michelle Ferris from Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants & Lizzie Ginbey from Teapot Creative presenting alongside myself and Jen Windsor from MMC.

As the Head of Charities and Care at Albert Goodman, as well as a Trustee for the Somerset Community Foundation, Michelle Ferris is well placed to offer key advice on how best to present our charitable finances to funders.  Michelle put us at ease with what can often be a challenging subject for the non-accountants amongst us, debunking the myths and offering a clear explanation of just how uncomplicated our accounts should be.

Our own Jen Windsor gave us a humorous guide to measuring outcomes and social impact, presenting our data and making ourselves memorable.  Who’d have thought crunching data could be so fun (and that was a great top btw Jen!).

Lizzie Ginbey, Creative Director and Owner of Teapot Creative, gave us all some excellent pointers on our charitable image. Sharing how our brand is so much more than just a logo and reminding us that we need to be clear and concise in our marketing material if we are to present ourselves and our Vision & Values in the best possible light.

Then it was my turn, opportunity to share why we do what we do here at MMC.  As Jen shared last month, our mission is to help charities and social enterprises to thrive, we see ourselves as part of the team, as champions for your cause, a win for you is a win for us.  So if we can help or offer advice please get in touch.

As life has taken a rather unusual turn in recent weeks we are in the process of changing some of the help that usual comes in the form of public events and coaching sessions to online seminars and one to one support so watch this space for new ways to connect.

Finally we’d just like to wish you all a safe and happy Easter.