Make fundraising great again!

By Charlie Hulme • November 29, 2016

I’d be shocked if there were any, or many, Trump supporters among this community of fundraising hipsters. But how many otherwise great people inadvertently emulate him as fundraising practitioners?
What do I mean? Well, if I (as ‘the Donald’ is wont to do) let fly a barrage of sweeping generalisations about …

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Make fundraising great again!

By Charlie Hulme • November 29, 2016

I’d be shocked if there were any, or many, Trump supporters among this community of fundraising hipsters. But how many otherwise great people inadvertently emulate him as fundraising practitioners?
What do I mean? Well, if I (as ‘the Donald’ is wont to do) let fly a barrage of sweeping generalisations about …

Changing fundraising. For good.

By Ken Burnett • November 24, 2016

Much has changed since the Commission on the Donor Experience was initiated in mid 2015. Early in the process Giles Pegram and Ken Burnett each set themselves the task of listing 10 things they’d most like to see change. Now, as completed projects (the CDE has 30+ of them, see …

Men in Fundraising: We have a problem. And it’s you.

By Matthew Sherrington • November 21, 2016

Only a few years ago a senior UK fundraiser was quoted in an article about staff development. He talked of getting his female staff mentors, to help them behave in a more ‘feminine’ way in their relationships at work and with donors. I’ve always remembered it, because I remember my …

Decisions leadership must make for fundraising to grow

By Alan Clayton • November 17, 2016

It’s been three years now since we released the Great Fundraising research carried out by professors Sargeant and Shang.  In that time, we have had the privilege of observing many organisations put the findings into practice.
One of the key recommendations was ‘whole organisation fundraising’:  those that succeeded in multiplying their …

Major Gift End of the Year To-Do List

By Karen Osborne • November 14, 2016

Major gift end of the year to dos are not the same as your annual giving big push and wrap up.
For annual giving, your focus is on the final appeal for the year, working on getting the words just right and the letter out the door. You’ve reviewed all of …

Are we managing a fundraising decline? Only if we let ourselves.

By Giles Pegram • November 10, 2016

“The Daily Mail is not inherently anti fundraising”, I recently and naively posted on a chat forum on Facebook.   The response was vigorous, and almost universally in disagreement.   I stand corrected.   But some of the language surprised me.
“Fundraising is currently being subjected to a concerted ideological attack by the state, …

Fundraising For Humans

By Simon Scriver • November 7, 2016

I remember volunteering for Childline.
Kids would phone, text or e-mail with all sorts of questions and stories – from horrific cases of abuse to completely nonsensical banter.
Many calls were pranks…groups of kids phoning up to tease us, mock us and attempt to get a rise out of us. No matter …

I can’t thank you enough

By Reinier Spruit • November 3, 2016

Sometimes it’s the simple things that transform the relationship with a donor into something magic. As part of my quest for examples of the best donor-centric fundraising for The Commission on the Donor Experience I came across an inspiring story I’d like to share with you. This is the fantastic …

What do you need the money for?

By Jaz Nannar • October 31, 2016

It’s a straight forward question for any fundraiser, but you’d be surprised at how difficult it can be to answer.
As a donor, I usually phone up charities to give them my money. I like to speak to a human being and have the chance to ask questions if I want …

From Rome, with love

By Francesco Ambrogetti • October 27, 2016

When you are going back to your own country after twenty years abroad, it’s like you have never been there. You have to re-learn many rules, customs and social norms. You have to reconnect with a past that is already future.
I thought having raised funds in so many markets and …

The Three Questions I’m Asking After #IFC2016

By Maeve Strathy • October 24, 2016

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my pajamas, slowly adjusting back to Eastern Standard Time after a week in the Netherlands.
I just had the incredible honour of attending the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in Noordwijk. Not only that, I had the further honour of attending as one of IFC’s …

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Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q3 2016)

By 101fundraising • October 3, 2016

And that was the third quarter already. You know what that means, right? The IFC is almost starting! Will we see you there?
Congrats to Charlie with the #1 position this quarter. But there are more beauties in this list. In fact, they are all awesome!
Read, like and share!
(1) What are …

Why are we fundraising and how can we do it better?

By Charlie Hulme • September 19, 2016

Another year, another IFC. Another round of presentations ranging from the transformative (none more so than this masterclass, ‘Reinventing the Donor Experience’ by Kevin Schulman and Adrian Sargeant) to the tawdry (tempting but unfair to name but, like any conference, always plenty of choice).
And of course another jaunty slogan. So …

Reset, revive, refresh – Breathing new life into F2F

By David Cravinho • September 1, 2016

On a sunny afternoon in 1998, my progress along a central Brighton street was interrupted in a way that ended up changing the course of my own life, as well as heralding a step change for the fundraising sector. A friendly greeting was followed by an engaging and genuine dialogue. …

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HELP NEEDED: Jailed in Dubai for Helping Children

By Ken Burnett • August 25, 2016

Urgent help needed to persuade UK Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene on behalf of British-Australian fundraiser held in Dubai. Please sign our petition.
Fundraising for worthy causes should never be a crime.
Scott Richards, a British-Australian volunteer fundraiser has been charged by Dubai authorities for “fundraising without permission”. His crime? Sharing …

What is fundraising success?

By Richard Turner • July 25, 2016

The theme of this year’s IFC is asking the right questions.
So here is my question: What is fundraising success?
The answer is obvious surely? It’s how much money we raise.
Success is based on getting from £X to £Y where Y is greater than X. Look at any fundraising award citation in …

Why tests do not work for email fundraising

By Mandy Johnson • July 18, 2016

“How many supporters do I need to recruit to test whether email fundraising can work for my organisation?”
This is a question that I used to answer numerically. I would explain that the sample group needed to be large enough for the organisation to run split tests and to achieve results …

How Far Do I Want To Go With You?

By The Whiny Donor • July 14, 2016

It’s a bit of a dance, really, isn’t it? A little pas de deux between donor and nonprofit: You take a step towards me, and I either step forward to meet you, or retreat.
For me as a donor, my conundrum is this: How far do I want to go with …

What are the Two Most Dangerous Assumptions in Fundraising?

By Charlie Hulme • July 11, 2016

Thinking the reasons why people give doesn’t matter       
Thinking we know why people give

Assumption #1 is beyond redemption (you can’t fix stupid!) Thankfully although it still pervades a few of the bigger, aggressive, fundraising departments, it’s largely on its way out.
But the second is even more presumptuous. Its heart’s in …

“Because it works” is not a good enough answer. Here’s why.

By Matthew Sherrington • July 4, 2016

What is success in fundraising? And what is failure? That might seem a ridiculously simple and binary question with a ridiculously simple and binary answer: it’s what works, and what does not.
And yet it isn’t that simple, is it? It all depends on what you’re measuring. Where you start. What …

You sent me a mail pack. A mail pack… I never get those.

By Rachel Beer • June 21, 2016

Although, come to think of it, I had one from you before once, and it was bland and unconvincing. All concept and no substance. Very disappointing.
But this one almost persuaded me to give.
It had me completely for a while, but then your words seemed to lose their conviction when you …

Here be dragons

By Richard Turner • June 16, 2016

Fundraising needs to change. The way ahead is unchartered. It’s going to need those with courage, and an appetite to try the unknown – fundraisers willing to explore a different approach, feel the fear, and do it anyway.
Of course there are many who will not chose to tread such a …

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