101fundraising archive of Best posts Q3 2015

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q3 2015)

By 101fundraising • October 3, 2015

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? We’ve rushed through the 3rd quarter and again we saw some spectacular posts coming by.
We see some familiar names in the Top 10, and as always Charlie delivers very strong content for you. His #1 post is part of the IFC 2015 Series. …

Can you create a culture of increased giving?

By Karen Osborne • September 3, 2015

Propelling your organization to double-digit growth, exponential mission impact, and leadership in your movement, there are only a few strategies that consistently make the grade.

Focus on major gifts from all sources 
Make individual giving a top priority
Keep EVERY donor through donor care and retention strategy 
Build a world-class board
Nurture a culture of …

Blue Ocean Strategy – a new approach to strategy and an opportunity for fundraisers?

By Angela Cluff • August 20, 2015

Blue ocean strategy is an alternative way of approaching strategy that’s about creating new markets (a blue ocean) instead of competing in existing markets (a red ocean). This distinction is of fundamental importance to fundraisers for two compelling reasons: first ‘me too’ competition is a key concern in almost every …

How we destroyed our most important asset – and how we’ll mend it

By Charlie Hulme • August 13, 2015

Preview for IFC session by Charlie Hulme and Ken Burnett ‘How to make relationship fundraising work for you and your donors’
One of the biggest mistakes many in our sector are making in response to the media crisis is to blame the enemy. They forget this whole mess is the result …

Yesterday’s Trail-blazing and pointers for tomorrow. Listen up.

By Matthew Sherrington • August 10, 2015

You’ll have to be my age or older if you know the name of Harold Sumption. And even then, you probably won’t. But you should. Harold was there at the beginning of modern fundraising. He practically invented it. Harold was the giant on whose shoulders today’s Fundraising Greats stood.
Harold was …

Vive la fundraising révolution – the time is now

By Richard Turner • August 3, 2015

I’ve just been watching the movie, Selma. It tells the story of the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King and his frustration at the slow pace for bringing about change and the right to vote for all. Dr King mobilises action, leading to front page headlines and photos …

Are we really going to pretend it didn’t happen?

By Charlie Hulme • July 27, 2015

Our sector’s never taken the kind of media mangling it took earlier this month.
(For anyone outside the UK who doesn’t know what I’m talking about quickly Google ‘Fundraising in the UK’. You will see headline after headline tearing the sector to pieces).
The coverage has been biased, vicious and personal. …

Can we expect an Airbnb or Uber in charity land?

By Vera Peerdeman • July 20, 2015

What will the charity landscape look like in 2035? That’s a question we ask ourselves a lot lately. Economic crises, changing consumer behavior and new forms of entrepreneurship force organizations to change. If you take a look at other sectors, you see (relatively) new initiatives like Airbnb or Uber create …

The curse of the 20:2 principle

By Lucy Gower • July 16, 2015

Do you remember being 6 years old? Did you ever experience the 20:2 principle?
20:2 is, when as a child, you show your parents or your teacher your math homework. There were 20 questions. You got 18 right. Yet rather than getting a ‘well done’ for the 18 right answers, the …

The Future of Fundraising

By Tim Hopkins • July 13, 2015

“Wow. There are a lot of very clever, experienced and influential people here.” That was my first thought as we sat down to host the first Audience Future of Fundraising debates. This was followed by my second thought: “Don’t say anything stupid for the next two hours.”
We’d asked some people …