Elements of effective storytelling: Empathy, action and the message

By Meg Gardner • June 26, 2017

The Resource Alliance team is in the throes of IFC Asia! The conference officially starts today, but most of us have been either traveling or hunkered down at the conference hotel since mid-week last week.
It’s pretty amazing!
We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. Today, please enjoy this …

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Elements of effective storytelling: Empathy, action and the message

By Meg Gardner • June 26, 2017

The Resource Alliance team is in the throes of IFC Asia! The conference officially starts today, but most of us have been either traveling or hunkered down at the conference hotel since mid-week last week.
It’s pretty amazing!
We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. Today, please enjoy this …

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Donor recognition should be more than you think it is

By Matthew Sherrington • June 19, 2017

It’s not about the gift; it’s about the impact of their cumulative contribution.
I’ve been pondering supporter recognition recently, and wondering whether we do this nearly enough, never mind well enough. And by recognition, I’m not talking thanking, which can be pretty transactional, in response to a gift (and about which …

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5 ways to build a positive culture at your organisation

By Kesheyl van Schilt • June 15, 2017

I’m often asked how I created our culture at Blakely. I should probably take it as a compliment (since it’s usually a positive reference!), but I actually find it a perplexing question. I certainly didn’t do it alone, and every team member old and new helps to protect it and …

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Stop trying to attract great applicants with boring job adverts

By Michelle Stein • June 8, 2017

It always strikes me as such a paradox: Those of us working in the charity sector find our jobs inspiring, meaningful and transformative. And yet, we as a sector struggle to attract high-calibre individuals to fill fundraising roles. How can this discrepancy exist?
While there are lots of potential answers …

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A message of hope and gratitude

By Meg Gardner • June 5, 2017

Over the weekend came news of the attacks that took place at London Bridge and Borough Market, where terrorists eschewed bombs and guns but used knives and a van to kill seven people and injure scores of others. The attacks came close on the heels of the bombing at a …

Give donors the respect they deserve

By Reinier Spruit • June 1, 2017

Many fundraisers are aware of relationship fundraising. Ken Burnett’s famous book Relationship Fundraising has opened many eyes over the last 25 years. There aren’t many fundraisers who haven’t read this book. However, its vision and core message have never been fully implemented in our sector.
The central theme in Burnett’s work …

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Global best practice grant-seeking

By Jo Garner • May 29, 2017

The question of grants success rate is a common one, universally. The fact is, no matter where you are working from, whether a grant application is successful or unsuccessful is not generally dependent on one contributing factor. It relies on a combination of all the elements of best practice grant-seeking …

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The ABCD of an Asian philanthropist’s journey

By Usha Menon • May 23, 2017

Based on what I see as the evolution of giving habits within the high-net worth families in Asia, here are the four categories of philanthropists I have worked with:
Altruistic 
Usually the patriarch of the business family, who has seen poverty and life struggles during his early days, either as a migrant …

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Do-gooders take note: Capitalism is your friend!

By Paul Vanags • May 19, 2017

Charities should be less squeamish and see private sector as an agent of change, not the enemy.
There’s a distrust of business, big business in particular, that I’ve experienced in my time in the “for good” sector that has always slightly puzzled me. It’s not that charity-private sector collaborations don’t exist; they …

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I am bored to death. Are you dying to be different?

By Richard Radcliffe • May 15, 2017

Is this a tasteless headline or attention grabbing?  Does it matter if it’s tasteless?
Let’s get legacy giving noticed
How many legacy campaigns are noticed? In focus groups it is truly frightening to discover that most legacy articles, posters, leaflets and even bookmarks go unnoticed.
There are two reasons for this message …

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Intermediaries in an entirely new ecosystem of supply and demand

By Bill Toliver • May 11, 2017

I have been having one of those ongoing conversations with Atallah Kuttab, the founder of Saaned, an organization devoted to growing philanthropy in the Middle East. In addition to being a charming person, I find him to be an outstanding thinker in the area of philanthropy, fundraising and, most importantly, …

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Best posts Q4 2016

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The Top 50 blog posts of 2016!

By Meg Gardner • January 3, 2017

 

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a year full of hope and promise, dreams fulfilled, goals met and new ones set.
As you know, the original 101fundraising team has passed the considerably weighty baton to us here at The Resource Alliance. Many of you know us and have been part of …

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q4 2016)

By 101fundraising • December 21, 2016

The final Top 10 of 2016. Simply an awesome list again. Superb content by great fundraisers. We have nothing to add. Read them all… Congrats to Matthew with the #1 position in the 4th quarter!
(The first post of 2017 will give you an overview of the best posts of 2016.)
Don’t forget: tomorrow …

Online charity benchmark 2016 – compare your website

By Victor van der Veen • December 12, 2016

Ever wondered how your online fundraising is doing? And how that compares to other organizations? Do you need numbers that can help you to set your goals? This online marketing charity benchmark tool will kickstart that process. We have analysed close to 12 million sessions, looked at more than 40.000 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

A donor relationship is not a trick

By Reinier Spruit • October 22, 2016

Rockstar Amanda Palmer said it in the opening plenary of the #IFC2016 : “A relationship is not a trick“. And it came back to me throughout the conference. The best donor relations are based on authenticity and reciprocity. If that’s our goal and we take a closer look at our fundraising results in recent years, we have to …

The trouble with vanilla…

By Lucy Gower • October 17, 2016

Over the years I’ve observed sparky, funny, passionate and clever people morph into vanilla shells of their former selves as they enter their office to get on with their professional job of being a fundraiser.
It’s a strange phenomenon. Somehow through our drive to excel in what we do – to …

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