WorkInCulture Success Stories Podcast: When the Going Gets Tough, the Calm Get Going


Transitioning into a new career or even sector is top of mind for many people coping with the circumstances caused by the pandemic. In this episode of WorkInCulture Success Stories, fundraising specialist, Ruth Cumberbatch, discusses how she used her skills to successfully transition from one career to the next and how she’s now embraced becoming an entrepreneur during the pandemic. This episode covers tips on fundraising and entrepreneurship, and how to adapt and persevere when faced with challenges.

Ruth has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years at professional arts, community arts and food security organizations, including the Royal Conservatory of Music, Arts Etobicoke and FoodShare Toronto. Specializing in fundraising, Ruth has directed major gift, corporate, foundation, direct response and planned giving programs.

Ruth started fundraise[dot]calm to help build strong, calm work environments where fundraising teams can do their best work. Services include developing annual and multi-year plans and customized coaching and training. Ruth also offers hands-on support in everything from prospect research to donor meetings, proposal development to impact reporting. Learn more at

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    All those experiences that you've had ... You have to own those experiences, be aware of them, [and] write them down.

    -- Ruth Cumberbatch, fundraising specialist

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    WorkInCulture is a nonprofit arts service organization that support the professional lives of artists, creative and cultural workers, and the organizations that support and engage them, through skills development, research, and career resources.

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