FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY I GIVE - Steven Goodwin

Steven Goodwin has quit his job after 15 years at advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather and is volunteering full-time to raise the profile of three charities, Turning Point, Rethink and Maytree.

Why and when did you become involved in Turning Point? Practical hands-on experience is vital to my new career choice. I recently completed Working for a Charity's foundation course, and have been helping Turning Point to raise its profile and develop its brand communication strategy since November. It's an exciting time to be involved because they are becoming increasingly active campaigners.

How long are you spending with the charity?

I have offered to work with Turning Point for as long as they need me and I won't leave until the job is done.

Are there any other particular causes or organisations you support?

My dream is to see an end to prejudice and discrimination regarding mental health and to help people find their way irrespective of who they are or their background. That is why I am a trustee at Rethink and a volunteer at Maytree, the UK's first refuge for the suicidal.

What qualities do you bring to the charities you help?

I offer objectivity, independence, ideas, connections with the media world and a sense of entrepreneurism. My personal mantra is 'nothing is impossible', and if you have a big idea nothing should prevent you from making it happen.

Do you consider new approaches from organisations?

No. I can't spread myself too thin. My long-term goal is to find a paid strategy and marketing role at a charity, which I can complement with voluntary work.

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