101fundraising archive of Best posts Q4 2014

Simply the Best: Top 10 blog posts! (Q4 2014)

By 101fundraising • December 29, 2014

The year comes to an end and we’re all in the holiday spirit! Time for one more Top 10… (BTW: next week we’ll publish our annual overview with the Best Blog Posts of 2014.)
Before we look at the 10 best posts of last quarter, we ask your attention for a true Christmas story. …

4th Annual Fundraising Growth Analysis

By Reinier Spruit • December 10, 2014

Oops, I did it again. Like previous years I sliced and diced the Central Bureau of Fundraising (CBF) annual figures into some sort of growth analysis for the Dutch market.
Perhaps I should not repeat the methodology and disclaimer, because you’re probably not gonna read it anyway. Most of you scroll straight down to …

How Philanthropic are Fundraisers?

By Joe Matassino • November 26, 2014

“How can I ask others to give to a cause I believe in, if I do not give to it myself?” responded one fundraiser.
I give “to support the mission and to be a role model to other employees and donors…” responded another.
In Daryl Upsall’s ‘rant’ on 20 November, 2014 ‘Give …

December “Glass Balls” for Major Gift Teams

By Karen Osborne • November 24, 2014

We all have to juggle responsibilities. News commentator Leslie Stahl admonishes us to identify our glass balls, those tasks that we cannot drop under any circumstances.  When those balls shatter, the consequences are either dire, or there is a ripple effect and other things come crashing down.
Here is my list …

Evidence and Ideas: The scientific approach to fundraising?

By Alan Clayton • November 3, 2014

There has been much online huffing and puffing recently about ‘evidence’ v ‘opinion.’
The scientific method in fundraising is misunderstood too often. On dozens of occasions I have found myself in debates at fundraising conferences about ‘data v creative’, ‘logic v intuition’ and most recently ‘evidence v opinion.’ More often than …

A few words about Ebola and you

By Francesco Ambrogetti • October 27, 2014

By Francesco Ambrogetti and Derek Humphries
‘Ebola’ and ‘you’.
These are probably not words you want to think about. Not in such close proximity. Not words any of us want to see so close to each other.
Whether you are on the New York subway, in downtown Madrid, or an urban slum in …

My Top 5 Takeaways From the International Fundraising Congress

By Rory Green • October 23, 2014

This year in Holland, fundraisers from around the world gathered to learn, connect, share and grow at the International Fundraising Conference (IFC).
It was my first time at IFC.  After years of hearing how it was the best fundraising conference in the world, I had pretty high expectations. I can honestly …

Strong fundraisers, weak bosses?

By Rebecca Davies • October 20, 2014

The best leaders I’ve had in my career have been surgeons, academics, arts administrators, software sales executives, and humanitarians. Most have been brilliant.
The fundraisers, by and large, have not.
Now, this could just be bad luck, and I have had a few exceptions to this, and know colleagues who’ve only had …

Is it me you’re looking for? The sad extinction of the donor sapiens

By Francesco Ambrogetti • October 8, 2014

“Oh no, no another post on retention”  I can hear you crying…
Is it  not something out of the Middle age of fundraising? Is it not really common sense?
A prompt acknowledgment and thank for the donation, a regular update on what the donation has helped to achieve (and don’t forget to …

What I Learned At #IWITOT

By Georgia Bridgwood • September 25, 2014

On 15 September SOFII held a half-day conference called ‘I Wish I Thought of That’ in partnership with Open Fundraising. The event consists of twenty quick-fire presentations by colleagues from across the sector speaking about great fundraising campaigns that they wish they’d thought of, and why.
You can watch some …