Meet a Morgan Stanley fundraiser

Meet Ami Howse from Morgan Stanley, and read about some of the unusual challenges she has taken on in support of the charity.

How did you get involved with the charity?

I work for Morgan Stanley, and up until recently have been managing our charity partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Morgan Stanley is aiming to raise £10 million within three years towards the hospital’s redevelopment. I have worked at Morgan Stanley 15 years and this partnership is the first time that Morgan Stanley in the UK has supported a charity for longer than a year.

What is your favourite activity that you have taken part in whilst supporting the charity?

Without a doubt it has to be volunteering at the Children’s Christmas Party. The event itself is a dream with everything a child (and adult) could possibly wish for from a party – Father Christmas, fairies, presents and activities galore, but the real pleasure is seeing the children just totally lose themselves in pure pleasure and fantasy for an afternoon.

What do you like most about being a fundraiser?

I love the fact that my job means that I get to meet so many more people in the bank than I would in a normal role. It is pretty incredible the passion and drive people have here for getting involved with fundraising and other activities for the charity.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

The coming year will see the third and final year of the Morgan Stanley partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity; so with £7.8 million already raised, I am really looking forward to Morgan Stanley fulfilling its commitment  to reach its goal of £10 million. There are a variety of activities already planned and I am confident that with Morgan Stanley matched funding we will reach our target.

What is your secret fundraising tip to share?

Always try to be innovative and come up with fresh ideas; successful events have a shelf life and it is always good to provide a variety of fundraising initiatives in which employees can engage. Luckily my account manager at the charity and I work well together and we are always coming up with new and creative ideas that keep the 5,000+ employees at the bank engaged and having fun.

If you could run any event / activity where resource was not an issue, what would you do?

A masked ball! I have always wanted to organize this event. I love the idea of everyone being dressed up but not being 100 per cent sure of who you are talking to – very intriguing and great fun!

What is the most original / novel fundraising experience you’ve ever had?

In July 2008, a group of individuals from Morgan Stanley and other city banks set about the extraordinary feat of the Enduro Challenge, a non-stop race from London to Paris, using nothing more than their running, swimming and cycling skills to get there. Setting off  from Marble Arch on Friday afternoon, we arrived  at the Arc de Triomphe at 4.00 am on the Sunday morning, having had  very little sleep in a minibus with six amazing people who had given their all physically to achieve such a wonderful feat.  As fundraiser it was my job to ensure they all had everything they needed for the challenge and most importantly navigate them from London to Paris, including the shipping lanes across the Channel!

If you were not a fundraiser, what would you be?

I think fundraising is in my blood however I  did actually want to be a pathologist when I left school!

What would you say to someone who was thinking about supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity?

Just do it!  Great Ormond Street Hospital is the most inspiring organisation to be involved with. From the first time I met the fundraising team and then when visited the hospital, it inspired me to get all the Morgan Stanley employees involved in such a fantastic cause and everyone who does will tell you the same.