Our managing director Kirsty Mackenzie is involved in a number of charities and we thought we would ask her a few questions on the benefits of dedicating your time to a charitable organisation.
Why did you start working with charities?
I’ve always enjoyed challenging myself whilst supporting the local community. I started fundraising for charities at a very early age started volunteering at fundraising events right through my twenties. I like meeting new people and working towards a common purpose.
I’ve been very lucky to visit some of the projects that have benefitted from the money I’ve helped to raise. It’s rewarding to see the difference it can make to the lives of individuals, families and communities.
What charities are you involved with just now?
I’m a trustee for a social enterprise, My Adventure which is the wholly owned, social enterprise trading arm of Muirhouse Youth Development Group (MYDG). They are a leading provider of high quality and highly enjoyable adventure sports, cycling, outdoor activities and training in Edinburgh and across Scotland. My Adventure seeks to maximise income generation from its commercial activities in order to deliver a range of social benefits, with a particular focus on providing meaningful employment and training opportunities for young people in Muirhouse.
I also Chair a fundraising committee for Action for Children which helps to support the country’s most vulnerable children. We organize an annual fundraising event called Clickety Chicks which has most recently been supporting the Gilmerton Road Appeal in Edinburgh. The last event raised £21,000.
Additionally, iMultiply supports various not-for-profit organisations through donations, fundraising events, promotion and mentoring.
What does being a charity trustee involve?
If you’re considering being a trustee it’s important that you understand the responsibilities related to the role. For example, with my work at My Adventure it’s largely about monitoring financial performance, setting strategic direction, governance as well as supporting the Director. It’s a fantastic way to gain hands on experience in something you are skilled at whilst making a real difference.
What would your advice be to anyone wanting to get involved in Boards of Charities’?
- Choose an organisation you can be passionate about
- Make sure you understand the time commitment and can commit
- Understand the legal responsibilities
- Enjoy the experience, as well as giving something back you can learn a lot too