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Reviewing our first Crowd Funding Campaign

Just before Christmas in 2016 we launched our first crowd funding campaign through Global Giving UK. In this podcast Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary General talks to Bill Turner about the many lessons learned. Useful information for anyone thinking of crowd funding.


  • Feeling nostalgic (Weekly blog, 9 April 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Feeling nostalgic I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic this week, for a number of reasons. On Tuesday, I met INTO Chairman, Fiona Reynolds, at the National Trust HQ in Swindon for an INTO brainstorming session.    It felt like a (lovely) step back in time! I count myself lucky to have worked with ...
  • Saint Lucia: A causeway for concern (Weekly blog, 2 April 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General News from Saint Lucia The Saint Lucia National Trust is fighting two planning battles at either end of their beautiful island. At the INTO members Global Meet-up on Tuesday, Director Bishnu Tulsie briefed us on these alarming development proposals. Firstly, to build a dolphin park at Pigeon Island, one of the Trust’s ...
  • A look back at 2016 (Weekly blog, 26 March 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General I’ve been finalising the 2016 INTO Annual Review this week.   Just waiting for the figures from our Accountant now and then we’re good to go.   Having this week also drafted a long speech for World Heritage Day however, my creative juices are running dry.  It’s cheating but I’m ...
  • New ideas (Weekly blog, 19 March 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones,” said John Maynard Keynes.  Well, I’m rather regretting blogging about time management and spring cleaning last week! Think big This week has been full of the kind of big thinking I was extolling.  Finalising the new ...
  • Spring cleaning (Weekly blog, 13 March 2017) A short blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Spring cleaning was my goal this weekend.  Inspired by National Spring Cleaning Week (6-12 March), I had a long list of jobs from rotating matresses to reorganising the larder. Sad to say, I didn’t complete the challenge.  These things always take longer than you think … (more about that later). Still, ...
  • Russian reminiscences (Weekly blog, 5 March 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General On Friday, I caught a brief report by the BBC’s Russian Correspondent, Sarah Rainsford, in which she took a nostalgic look back at visits to Moscow.  I was momentarily transported from a wet drive home to my own five months undergraduate placement to Voronezh in 1992. Voronezh 300 miles south of Moscow, Voronezh ...
  • INTO EC/Board Meeting (Weekly blog, 26 February 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General We held our most recent EC/Board meeting on 16 February, as I mentioned in my last blog.   (This one actually covers a fortnight ago, as I was in France last week enjoying the winter sunshine.  Sigh.) Conference calling We hold our EC/Board calls by webinar.   There is something really magical about ...
  • Collaboration: Internal and external (Weekly blog, 12 February 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Internal collaboration I’ve just finalised the Secretariat Report for our INTO Board meeting next week. We hold about five of these every year by teleconference and one in person.   In addition to the reporting back, it’s a chance to discuss strategic issues and to take the pulse of the broader INTO membership, ...
  • GlobalGiving crowdfunding experience (Weekly blog, 5 February 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General You will have not been able to miss our GlobalGiving campaign at the end of last year – many thanks for following the story, sharing and donating!  Here is some feedback on the experience from my perspective, which I hope you will find useful. What is GlobalGiving? We applied to join the ...
  • Archives, monuments and gardens (Weekly blog, 30 January 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Endangered Archives Programme Last week, I had a great conversation with Ruth Hansford, Grants Portfolio Manager at the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme.  (She’s new to the role and you can read her first impressions of the job here.) We talked about the challenges of physical digitisation as well as access and rights.  ...
  • Historic House Futures (Weekly blog, 22 January 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General 70 historic house businesses may fail in the next five years, according to UK Historic Houses Association (HHA).   Rather a startling statistic from a great talk by Ben Cowell, HHA Director General (and former National Trust Director of the East of England) here in London on Thursday. Historic Houses Association The HHA represents a group of over ...
  • New Year catch-up (Weekly blog, 16 January 2017) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General I’ve got out of the habit of writing my blog over the Christmas/New Year break so this is just a quick summary of what’s been going on.   In the run up to Christmas we were all very involved in the final stages of the INTO Africa GlobalGiving campaign to raise funds ...
  • Places I remember, all my life (3 December 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General On this day in 1965, the Beatles released their sixth studio album, Rubber Soul.  The track list boasts many memorable hits, among them: Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, Michelle … In my life But it’s track 11 that particuarly interests me. John Lennon was only 24 when he wrote ‘In My Life’ ...
  • Heritage education on Universal Children’s Day A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General 20th November is the UN’s Universal Children’s Day.   It was established in 1954 to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.   So today we celebrate how INTO is helping deliver this mission through its heritage education work. Heritage education When I first graduated, I worked in education for several years and ...
  • The end of cultural pessimism: People power in Slovakia (Weekly blog, 13 November 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week, I was in Bratislava at the excellent ‘Who owns the Monuments’ Conference.  Organised as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the National Trust of Slovakia, I was thrilled to be invited having first got to know the organization through Martin Kovac and Peter Táborský back in 1999. A ...
  • Comings and goings (Weekly blog, 6 November 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General I’ve just been listening to Oliver’s pod-cast from COP 22 and thinking to myself how lucky we are to have him and the team representing the National Trusts of the world in Marrakech for the fortnight of UN Climate Change talks.  Do check out his updates when you can ...
  • Reflections (Weekly blog, 30 October 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General It was half-term this week so I’ve been on leave.  Well on and off leave, as are most of us these days.   Last Sunday we took the children to Oxford for the day.   Much of our time was spent in the Ashmolean.  Wow and double wow.  What an utterly amazing place!   ...
  • Variety is the spice of life (Weekly blog, 23 October 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Another busy week with more training from Global Giving which is helping us to tell the story of our Sierra Leone/Uganda/Zimbabwe heritage education exchange project – the pressure is on as details need to be finalised by the end of next week.  (Gulp!)  Noémie and I went to a session at their ...
  • Two very different highlights this week: Crowdfunding and traditional architecture (Weekly blog, 16 October 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Last Sunday we heard that INTO had been accepted onto the Global Giving Winter 2016 Gateway to Crowdfunding Challenge.   Exciting stuff.   We had applied in a bit of a hurry as Dan spotted the opportunity just days before the deadline and Noémie had just been on a Giving to Heritage ...
  • Reminiscing (Weekly blog, 9 October 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary General The week began with the sad news of the death of William Zuill, former Executive Director of the Bermuda National Trust and one of the founding fathers of the international National Trust movement.  I searched through the files on my computer and wrote a posting for the INTO website ...
  • How does heritage evolve? (Weekly blog, 2 October 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General How does heritage evolve?  That’s the question behind the ‘Shifting Identities’ session at the 2016 INTBAU World Congress, which INTO is going to help explore following some good discussions with Harriet Wennberg this week. INTBAU, or the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, is dedicated to the creation of ...
  • A National Trust for Thailand? (Weekly blog, 25 September 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Last week, together with Oliver Maurice and Noémie Caillat, I met a group of researchers from Thailand exploring the possibility of a Thai National Trust.   They were directed to INTO via the British Council in Bangkok, which in itself is rather pleasing as it reinforces INTO’s goal of becoming the go-to place ...
  • La dolce vita (Weekly blog, 18 September 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General I came back from the INTO EC/Board meeting in Milan first thing this morning.  A wonderful few days with the global team – and a fantastic chance to find out more about our Italian INTO members FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano – the Italian National Trust). I know board meetings can sometimes ...
  • Taking inspiration from our Secretariat volunteers, NT staff and experts in Jacobean architecture (Weekly blog, 11 September 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General On Wednesday, many of our wonderful Secretariat volunteers were in the office. First a discussion about INTO’s finances with our Accountant Bob, prior to the EC/Board meeting next week (what a way to start the day – and before 8.30am too!).  Thankfully our figures all add up and are looking fairly healthy. Next ...
  • Growing your own National Trust (Weekly Blog, 4 September 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week, I have been talking to a group thinking of establishing a National Trust in Thailand. They are visiting the UK later this month and we have been putting together a programme to show them how the NT works in this country – and to draw on the wide ...
  • La rentrée arrive (Weekly blog, 28 August 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General Here in the UK we are nearly at the end of the summer holidays and it’s been wonderful.   We definitely can’t complain about the lack of sunshine and it’s been fabulous seeing the children spending so much time outdoors. They, like me, have mixed feelings about the return to school.   Mostly ...
  • National Trust of Lebanon? (Weekly blog, 21 August 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General This week, I have been helping our INTO Strategic Advisor for Lebanon, Jennie Hartley, with an exciting new project proposal. To be fair, she has done all the work (for which we’re hugely grateful) and I’ve just been chipping in here and there! Jennie writes: “Lebanon is country scarred by ...
  • What a week! (Weekly blog, 7 August 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General Strange to be sitting back at the computer after nearly four days … Can it really be four days?  Well, yes. I spent Thursday at NTEWNI’s Dyrham Park, Friday and Saturday at Blenheim Palace and Sunday at one of our local Forestry Commission woods.  A veritable feast of outdoor ...
  • A picture paints a thousand words (Weekly blog, 31 July 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General This week, I’ve been thinking about photography.  Photos have always been an important way of capturing the essence of life-events and recording them for posterity.  Often helping memory.  (Photos are very important for my Mum whose comprehension of the day-to-day world is diminishing but whose long-term recollections remain spot-on.) Today you’d ...
  • Best view of the Mary Rose in 471 years (Weekly blog, 25 July 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General The children broke up from school this week which happily coincided with the reopening of the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth home of Henry VIII’s warship which sank in 1545. After over 400 years under water, I remember the excitement when the Mary Rose was lifted from the Solent in the ...

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