“When the fundraising industry joins forces, it can develop much more together.”

Mette Holm, the president of the European Fundraising Association wants to welcome the Fundraisers Alliance Belgium!

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Dear Belgian Fundraisers,

First of all I would like to congratulate Belgium with the establishment of The Fundraisers Alliance Belgium.

It is always exciting to hear about the formation of new associations- but this one in particular is special for me, as I was involved right from the early reflections and considerations. I started working at ISOBRO in ISOBROs early days and remember how inspiring it was to meet the already established associations, back then. We had so much to learn from those who had walked the path before us.

You have taken the first crucial step in being formed. Now you have to stick together and work towards your common goals. It requires commitment and willingness and mutual respect by and for all parties. Focus on the target, not the problems.  Focus on the big picture and rise above the disagreement that may arise in the small, but hold on to the common overall vision for The Fundraisers Alliance Belgium. There is plenty of work ahead, but also many victories that you will celebrate together.

Experience has shown us this – that when the fundraising industry joins forces, it can develop much more together than each organisation can individually.

EFA is looking forward to working with you and will always do whatever we can to help you.

Sincerely,

Mette Holm

Welcome to the Fundraisers Alliance Belgium

For over more than 13 years, Belgian Fundraisers meet in an informal way to exchange knowledge and to share experiences. However, this seems to be inadequate. They need more than mouth to mouth knowledge and random encounters. These facts imply the necessity to create a professional association that can respond to this needs.

Fundraisers stand often alone in Belgium, where colleagues in neighboring countries are part of a broad network and have access to rich databases of expertise.

A couple of motivated fundraisers decided in early 2011 to pursue a professional trade alliance of fundraisers in Belgium.

This initiative group, consisting of 8 people established the solid base of what is called the Fundraisers Alliance Belgium.