Derek Humphries, Blogger on 101fundraising

Resource mobilisation: the two most thrilling words I know

By Derek Humphries • February 15, 2017

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In an age of snappy slogans, it can be good to remind ourselves that the thrill of words should come from their meaning and not from their sound-bite superficiality.
This was brought home to me last month when I was in Delhi, India, as a volunteer organiser and speaker at The …

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 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 …

Simple questions drive fundraising success

By Derek Humphries • July 9, 2015

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I’ve had a mountain to climb.
This is not a metaphor. In reality, I had six mountains to climb. In three days. With virtually no sleep.  It started on Friday 3 July. Eventually we climbed eight mountains.  I’m 53. It still hurts. A lot.
Of course, it was a fundraising challenge (really …

Those three little words that mean so much…

By Derek Humphries • September 29, 2014

There’s a question that many fundraising folk ask each other at this time of year. ‘Will I see you in Holland?’
Maybe it’s a testimony to the clout of the International Fundraising Congress that it’s become synonymous with a country (or maybe Holland is just shorter to say?) Either way, I …

Time for your Fundraising Oddity

By Derek Humphries • May 21, 2013

By the time you read this, Commander Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) and his rather handsome moustache will have been back on our blue planet for a good few days.
I was one of millions charmed and moved by his photos of Earth from space, and the accompanying captions: wry, poignant, poetic and incurably …

Are you really ready for TV fundraising?

By Derek Humphries • October 2, 2012

This is just one of the questions I’ll be helping Master Class delegates to answer at the International Fundraising Congress.
If you’ve ever considered raising money through direct response television, you really need to make sure your organisation is ready for it. This was really brought home to me earlier this …

Creative fundraising: lessons from the frontline

By Derek Humphries • March 22, 2012

When did you last have a frontline experience with the cause you work for? Out of the office. On the ground. Sleeves up. Tough stuff. It’s more likely you did it if you work in a small organisation. Or an enlightened large one.
Personal experiences inspire great fundraising. I was reminded …

My very expensive fundraising film info-graphic

By Derek Humphries • December 1, 2011

Remember about 20 years ago when we all suddenly got Apple Macs? Suddenly anyone could be a graphic designer! Or, correction: suddenly anyone could be a really terrible designer.
Cut, fade 20 years… and suddenly through our phones, cameras, laptops everyone can be a film-maker. Often, a really bad one.
I watch …

Have I told you lately that I love you? (part 2)

By Derek Humphries • May 4, 2011

OK, so you’ve done your strategic speed-dating (also known as ‘a pitch’), and it’s time to get on with some proper work.
All being well, you’ve genuinely will fallen in love with an agency. Your agency. All being well they will be making you feel that they only have eyes for …

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