Fundraising: a few dos and don'ts. Mostly don'ts.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Hello all,

Welcome to all the new arrivals in the shed! Still plenty of room in here, but determined to get to my target eventually.

I don't want to go on about fundraising, but I have to share with you a letter I found in the Summer School archive from T E Coade, headmaster of Bryanston School, to William Glock. It's dated 1 July 1950. T E Coade was a great supporter of the Summer School but I wonder if he'd had a tough day when he wrote this:


"I wish I could think of any friend or acquaintance who has a lot of money and is interested in music. Unfortunately the two things do not often go together."

Oh. A little defeatism goes a long way.

"The only idea that occurs to me as a possible source of raising money is to organise one of those absurd Fetes."

Fundraising takeaway: respect your supporters. 

"It is just possible that you might know of some wellknown and popular comedian of the kind who would draw vulgar and illiterate people."

Ouch. Someone bring Mr Coade a cup of tea, now.  Better still, a whiskey.

In fact, T E Coade was a generally enlightened educationalist who presided over one of Britain's more progressive schools. But his letter says a good deal about the good old class system and attitudes to culture in post-war Britain. 

Needless to say, the Summer School did not resort to a Fete in 1950, and I don't think I'll be having one either, although there will be a big party when I reach my target and you will all be invited!

Yours ever,





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