What a strange weekend – all based on ignorance

By Richard Radcliffe • June 27, 2016

It is 10pm on Saturday evening. For the last six hours I have been celebrating a 50th birthday in our village. I am not sure how I am typing this.
Yesterday I went to visit one of my brothers – he has very recently survived mouth cancer. We had a great …

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What a strange weekend – all based on ignorance

By Richard Radcliffe • June 27, 2016

It is 10pm on Saturday evening. For the last six hours I have been celebrating a 50th birthday in our village. I am not sure how I am typing this.
Yesterday I went to visit one of my brothers – he has very recently survived mouth cancer. We had a great …

The Donosaur’s Lament

By Paul Delbar • June 23, 2016

We used to run into each other at fundraising conferences and events, but it had been a while since we had met. When I called her and suggested catching up over lunch, I was hoping for an enthusiastic response … but it took three calls to convince her to get …

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 …

#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #Orlando

By Rebecca Davies • June 15, 2016

On Sunday, Katharine (comms manager) and I represented Save the Children Canada at the Patron’s Lunch. The largest-ever street party on The Mall, The Royal Family made philanthropy and patronage a centrepiece of The Queen’s 90th birthday festivities.
It’s nearly always the fundraisers who throw the party, but at the Patron’s …

Thanking – my goodness it really works

By Joe Sutton • June 9, 2016

Donors like to be thanked and we like to thank donors. Don’t we?  Yes, particularly if it’s cheap and quick. Let me tell you what we did.  It was fairly cheap, not so quick, but rather simple. I also have some great evidence that it works for supporters. Hope and …

Stop and smell the roses

By Brad Sedal • June 7, 2016

I’m proud to call myself a Fundraiser. It’s who I am, it’s what I do, it’s kind of in my core.
But there is a challenge. A donor really, really doesn’t want to be ‘fundraised’. They don’t want to know that they are being targeted, segmented, analysed, and actively moved up …

Stop talking about what’s next in fundraising!

By Victoria Ward • June 2, 2016

Whenever I go to a fundraising conference or meet with other fundraisers, one question that without fail comes up is ‘What’s next in fundraising?’ It’s like we are hoping for someone to wave a magic wand and say ‘Hey Guys! Here is the next big thing that will raise all …

Please don’t cut and paste this

By Derek Humphries • May 31, 2016

Don’t read this blog. There’s a much better one over on Rogare by Joe Jenkins. Joe got me thinking about copying and originality. Here are 6 thoughts he triggered.
1. The changing nature of how we ‘learn to fundraise’: as a volunteer I help organise the International Fundraising Congress. It’s the …

The acceptable face of fundraising targets

By Ken Burnett • May 26, 2016

If the donor experience, not fundraising targets, should be at the heart of future fundraising strategies, how will our organisations achieve what they need?
Some years ago I squirreled away a cryptic comment from a guy called Toby Bourke, former head of donor acquisition at Greenpeace International and director of fundraising …

Three Powerful Major Gift Questions You Might Not Be Asking

By Karen Osborne • May 23, 2016

You already know the importance of asking strategic questions and listening to understand (rather than to respond or even worse not listen and only react). Having strategic conversations with your donors, helps you establish rapport, build trust, uncover essential information and share your mission and vision in an interactive and …

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Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q1 2016)

By 101fundraising • April 1, 2016

Dear fundraising friends, the first quarter is gone already. What a first 3 months it has been.
We started the year with the very sad news that Tony Elischer passed away. In this fast moving world we want to share our thoughts one more time: It takes a crowd of us to do what …

The people who made relationship fundraising work

By Derek Humphries • March 14, 2016

I’ve stayed out of the current relationship fundraising debate, a little unsure what to say that I haven’t said many times already in the past 20+ years. But I found myself wondering why hasn’t the world embraced relationship fundraising? The obvious answer is that no one has done a good …

An example of greatness in donor appreciation and recognition

By Reinier Spruit • March 7, 2016

Last week Jeff Brooks reminded his readers how to write an effective thank you to your excellent donors. In order to “thank your donors so they really feel thanked” you need to know the following three things about your donor:
• Who is the Donor? (Show that you know who they …

The Joy of Giving

By Giles Pegram • February 29, 2016

In 1960 a 10 year old boy started a school newspaper, helped by some friends. He and his friends sold it in the playground for a penny a copy. They sold 100, and went on to produce it monthly. Buoyed by their success, the boy organised a jumble sale in …

The data that re-defines ‘good’ fundraising

By Charlie Hulme • February 22, 2016

Do you know who your best new donors are? Do you know who your best fundraisers are?
My guess is, if you’re honest with yourself, your answer to the first question is no, but to the second it’s yes (am I right?)
This new data changes everything!
For the first time ever it’s …

Exceeding Supporter Expectations with a WOW!

By Matthew Sherrington • February 15, 2016

I once had a rather nice Italian linen suit. Back in the day when a rather baggy disheveled look was cool. Or so I thought at the time. One day when I went to collect it from the dry cleaner’s, the manager rushed forward with some rather bad news. “I’m …

Why Digital Skills are Important to Fundraisers

By Paul C. Nazareth • February 11, 2016

The social-profit sector needs fundraisers to dive in to a digital way of living and thinking more than ever. And in 2016 if you aren’t,  you’re going to get left behind.  Here’s 3 reasons why digital skills are the must-build, right now:
1.Transparency and Passive-Engagement. It used to be that if …

When Fundraising Hurts: Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue

By Rebecca Davies • February 5, 2016

“You mean there’s a name for this?” Said by me, exactly one year ago.
I’d just guest-lectured at Humber College on the topic of crisis communications in war zones and natural disasters. The professor, Ken Wyman, took me aside after my presentation and said I seemed a bit raw, that my …

I can’t get no (remuneration based on donor) satisfaction

By Adrian Sargeant • January 25, 2016

My previous blog on 101fundraising earlier this week outlined some of the key theories from social psychology that Rogare’s project to review relationship fundraising had suggested might be usefully applied to the discipline.
I now want to look at a slightly different aspect: the importance of donor satisfaction.
Models of relationships identify …

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Choose relationship fundraising. Or not.

By Adrian Sargeant • January 21, 2016

You’d be hard pushed to overstate how important the concept of ‘relationship fundraising’ is to many fundraisers. You only need to do a quick search on 101Fundraising to realise that.
But despite it being one of – if not – the dominant mode of thought about fundraising, there is remarkably little …

I spy 5 fundraising trends in 2016

By Tom Ahern • January 11, 2016

Growth-oriented nonprofits will “discover” donor-centricity.

In the quest for improved revenues, charities will switch from so-called “corporate” communications (where the organization is the hero; it’s how you raise the least amount of money) in favor of donor-centered communications, where the focus is on the donor’s emotional gratification (it’s how you raise …

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