101fundraising archive of Best posts Q3 2016

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. …

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 …