Pauline Barnaby is Forth Valley College’s Development and Fundraising Manager. Her role is to develop and implement a fundraising strategy for the College. The strategy will provide a framework from which the College will be able to identify new funding opportunities and increase income through a variety of fundraising strands including: competitive grants, independent grant making trusts, corporate sponsorship and individual donations.
She will also be on hand to offer specific support and encouragement to departments across the College who are applying for funding. A big focus for Pauline will also be supporting the exciting plans for the new Falkirk Campus.
Pauline, said: “My first fundraising role was with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), supporting third sector organisations to source and access funding from the European Union via the Structural Fund programmes. From SCVO I progressed to Falkirk Council as Senior Practitioner for External Funding with responsibility for managing the Council’s External Funding Unit. I have also experienced both sides of fundraising – as a fund seeker and a grant-maker!
“After 11 years with the Council, I moved to a more traditional fundraising role within the newly created Falkirk Community Trust, where I played a key role in securing funding for a range of projects including Muiravonside Country Park, Helix Adventure Zone, Dollar Park Tennis Courts and Grangemouth Stadium upgrade. I decided to apply for this new role with Forth Valley College as it was a fantastic opportunity to work within education and develop a fundraising approach at a regional level. In addition I was really excited about the proposals for the new campus in Falkirk.
“There’s a bit of everything in my role. It’s important to build strong relationships with people in this role, so I’ll normally have a lot of face to face meetings throughout the day. This could be with potential funders or with colleagues from across the College, developing ideas and identifying funding resources to support them. I’ll also regularly attend external events and conferences which is a key way to develop contacts and raise the College’s fundraising profile. I might also be working on a funding bid and I’ll also spend time researching opportunities and discussing projects with potential funders.
“There is genuinely a great atmosphere across the campuses and all learners are encouraged and supported to reach their full potential. I am also a former student so am very fond of the College.
“The best part of this job for me would be meeting lots of new people. You couldn’t do this job if you didn’t enjoy that aspect. I like getting to know people - everyone has an interesting story or two, to tell!”